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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


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UTHSC Researcher Il Hwan Kim, PhD, Using Self-Made Technology to Research Neural Circuits and Their Role In Psychiatric Disorders

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Il Hwan Kim, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been awarded more than $1.53 million to identify neural circuit disfunction that may cause behavioral difficulties in several mental disorders. Difficulties with social interactions, as well as struggles… Read More


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Researcher Siamak Yousefi, PhD, of UTHSC Aims To Use Big Data and Artificial Intelligence To Detect Glaucoma

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Siamak Yousefi, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and the Department of Genetics, Genomics, and Informatics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, was awarded an exploratory grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use artificial intelligence as a tool to detect glaucoma early or in the beginning of its… Read More


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UTHSC Pilot Project Awards Given to Support Innovative Research And Improve Health of Tennesseans

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The Tennessee Clinical and Translational Science Institute (TN-CTSI), the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s newest research institute, recently awarded four pilot grants to collaborative research groups in support of new projects aimed at addressing the most-pressing health needs in the Southern United States. The 2019 TN-CTSI Pilot Project winners and their project titles are:… Read More


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Clinical Trials Network Advancing Health Care for Tennesseans

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Just one year since its inception, the Clinical Trials Network of Tennessee (CTN2) has secured contracts to work with nine clinical sites across the state and has enrolled over 20 Tennesseans as patients in their trials. The innovative clinical trials network aims to provide new therapeutics and medical devices with the overarching goal of improving… Read More


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Kenneth Ataga, MD, Co-Authors Paper on Potential New Treatment for Sickle Cell Disease

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Newly published results from a multinational study co-authored by Kenneth Ataga, MD, director of the Center for Sickle Cell Disease at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and the Memphis Consortium for Sickle Cell Disease and Non-Malignant Hematology Research, indicated voxelotor, a novel experimental drug for sickle cell disease, reduced anemia and boosted… Read More