UTTN is Awarded Two Prestigious Grants
Network has been awarded two separate grants from Health and
Human Services. The grants total over $2.1 million and will focus
on training health providers to respond to Bioterrorism threats
as well as improving the reach of existing Telehealth services.
S. Brewer, JD, Named as GSM Compliance Officer
S. Brewer, J.D., has recently joined the Graduate School of Medicine
as the first compliance officer for the school. Recent regulatory
changes and increased federal focus on human subject protections
in clinical research, as well as the injection of HIPAA challenges
into the research arena, led to a decision to create this new
position. The Compliance Officer’s primary responsibilities
will be in the area of Human Subject protection, including development,
oversight and review of policies related to human research, serving
as an educational resource for the IRB
and all research
personnel, and performing in-house audits of open protocols. Brewer
will report to the GSM Dean’s Office as well as the UT Health
Science Center Compliance Office in Memphis. She received her
law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law and has experience
in private and public practice as well as serving as a consultant
for HIPAA compliance.
Medical Library, UTGSM has joined with the University of Tennessee,
Library and the Health Sciences Library (Memphis)
to support an institutional membership to Biomed
Central. BioMed Central is an independent publishing house
committed to providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed
Consulting Center Supports UTGSM Researchers
Are you drowning in data?
UT's Statistical Consulting Center's mission is to help UT
students, faculty, and staff enhance the quality of their research
by working together to effectively apply analytical methods, especially
statistics. To make an appointment, contact Bob
Muenchen at 974-5230. MORE
Eleftherios Xenos, Fellow
Surgery, Department of Surgery, has been awarded the 2003
Frederick A. Coller Surgical Society Jobst Award
for resident vascular research. Dr. Xenos' abstract, "Covered
stents for injuries of the subclavian and axillary arteries"
was presented at the 49th Clinical Meeting of the society in Asheville,
NC last month.
Dr. Ricky Owers,
of Obstetrics & Gynecology recently presented at the scientific
session of the Tennessee Section of the American Obstetrics and
Gynecologists (ACOG) Meeting in Nashville. The presentation was
entitled, "Lack of thrombopoetin potentiation of platelet
collagen activation as an early predictor of pre-eclampsia."
Doctors Tara Horn and Vicki Young also attended the conference.
& Friend Raising
by Jeff Elliott,
Director of Development & Alumni Relations
Grateful alumni and patients are among the two best pools for
prospective donors to benefit specific departments within the
UTGSM. Do you have them? If so, are you interested in seeing if
there might be interest in charitable gift giving possibly even
benefiting your department or program? The Office
of Development & Alumni Relations exists to be of service.
Our goal is to inform and educate prospective donors in the belief
that once they become friends, their funds will soon follow. MORE>>
Alison Lockett, Connie Littleton, Sherry Brewer
The University of Tennessee
Graduate School of Medicine
Townsend named Distinguished Clinical Scientist of the Year
of Molecular Imaging has named David W. Townsend, Ph.D., (Professor
of Medicine and Radiology, and Director
of the Cancer Imaging and Tracer Development Program), as Distinguished
Clinical Scientist for 2004. The award is given annually
to those who have made major contributions to the development and
enhancement of PET/molecular imaging as recognized by his/her colleagues.
The society also recognized Sanjiv "Sam" Gambhir, M.D.,
Ph.D., as the Distinguished Basic Scientist of the Year. AMI
President Michael Phelps will present the Distinguished Scientist
Awards at the next AMI Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, March
27-31, 2004. The awardees will each receive a $20,000 cash prize,
and will speak at the Annual Meeting.
Named to NIH Study Section
B. Wetzel, Ph.D.,
(Professor in the Department of Medicine, and Director of the Amyloid
and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Laboratory) at UTGSM,
has accepted an invitation from the National Institutes of Health,
to serve as a member of the Neurodegeneration and Biology of Glia
Study Section, Center
for Scientific Review. Members are selected by the NIH based
upon their research accomplishments, publications, achievements
and honors. Dr. Wetzel's participation in the NIH peer review process
of grant applications is in his words, "a way of giving back
to the system for the success of my programs."
Faculty Members Lead Speakers at CASW Annual Meeting
Alan Solomon (Professor of Medicine and Head of Human
Immunology and Cancer Program) and Dr. Ron Wetzel, (Professor
of Medicine and Director of the Amyloid
and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Laboratory) were the
lead speakers at the annual meeting of the Counsel
for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW). This year's meeting
was hosted by the Oak
Ridge National Laboratory and the University
of Tennessee. This meetings brings distinguished scientists
together with journalists to discuss seminal developments in science,
medicine and technology that are likely to make news in near future.
Dr's. Solomon and Wetzel topic of discussion was "Untangling
by James J. Neutens, Ph.D.
Dr. Blank finished his excellent presentation but went “blank”
when the chairman asked a question he couldn't answer. Everyone
wanted to help but didn’t know what to do. In another part
of the hospital, Dr. Jones invited questions after her presentation
but the audience just sat there like the proverbial bump on a log.
In both instances the problem wasn’t the presentation, it
was the question and answer session.
Here are a few tips to help you prepare for and conduct
an effective Q&A:
Tip #1. Anticipate potential questions.
To avoid Dr. Blank’s problem you might want to practice your
talk in front of others and encourage them to ask tough questions.
Practice answering out loud. Also, put yourself in the shoes of
your audience…what would you ask.MORE>>
of September 2003 Scope:
Kabil, DDS, conducted a joint fellowship with the Department of
General Dentistry at UTGSM and the Department of Pathology at Ain
Shams University in Cairo, Egypt.
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