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Karen J. Derefinko Awarded $3.3 Million for Behavioral Research to Help Patients Struggling With Opioid Addiction

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Karen J. Derefinko, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), received a $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop psychological methods designed to help individuals with opioid use disorder through medication assisted treatment. The United States Department of Health and… Read More


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UTHSC’s Qi Zhao, MD, PhD, Using New Technology To Research Markers of Future Muscle Loss in Older Adults

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Qi Zhao, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been awarded approximately $3 million to research improvements in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of sarcopenia. Characterized by the age-related, involuntary loss of muscle mass and strength, sarcopenia is one of the primary causes… Read More


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UTHSC and University of Memphis Researchers Receive 2019 CORNET Award For Studies on Brain Exploration in Adolescents

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Eraina Schauss, PhD, LPC-MHSP, ACS, director and founder of the Brain Center at the University of Memphis (UofM), and Khyobeni Mozhui, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), are recipients of the 2019 UTHSC/UofM CORNET Award in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Research for their… Read More


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Department of Pharmacology Changes Name To Emphasize Research Focus

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The Department of Pharmacology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has changed its name to the Department of Pharmacology, Addiction Science and Toxicology. The new name emphasizes the growth of expertise and research-based methodologies in the department. The change comes as a result of the new areas of… Read More


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Satya Surbhi, PhD, Developing Methods To Improve Health Outcomes For Low-Income Patients With Chronic Diseases

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Satya Surbhi, PhD, assistant professor of Medicine in the Center for Health System Improvement at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), received a $100,000 grant from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation to pursue research in improving medication adherence for low-income Tennessee Medicaid users. Dr. Surbhi’s study showed that only 20… Read More


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Athena Starlard-Davenport Selected As Scholar for American Society of Human Genetics Scholars Initiative

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Athena Starlard-Davenport, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Genetics, Genomics and Informatics in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been selected as a scholar for the American Society of Human Genetics Scholars Initiative. Dr. Starland-Davenport competed with 46 other candidates to be selected for the inaugural class… Read More


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UTHSC’s Athena Starlard-Davenport Examines Devastating Effects of Breast Cancer in African-American Women

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A new investigation from Athena Starlard-Davenport, PhD, reports that African-American women are not only more susceptible to the most aggressive types of breast cancer, but also more likely to die from breast cancer, compared to women from other racial groups. The assistant professor of Genetics, Genomics, and Informatics in the College of Medicine at the… Read More


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UTHSC’s Tylavsky Co-Authors Research on Connection Between Higher Air Pollution and Lower Child IQ

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New findings from a collaborative study co-authored by Frances A. Tylavsky, DrPH, professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), propose that women who are exposed to higher levels of air pollution during pregnancy are more likely to have children with lower IQ’s. The new paper featured… Read More