Research

From genomics, infectious disease,

neurology and oncology to mental health and social behavior, the UT College of Medicine and its world-renowned team of physicians and scientists are constantly pushing the envelope and shaking the very foundations of healthcare.

THE MISSION TO MAKE ALZHEIMER’S A DISTANT MEMORY

Dr. Catherine Kaczorowski is Mapping Memory Failure

As the population ages, Alzheimer’s disease is a major public health concern in the United States. An estimated 11 million to 16 million elderly will suffer from the disease by 2050. Aging is the most important risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, but it is not clear to what extent the molecular changes that underlie normal age-associated memory deficits contribute to dementia in Alzheimer’s disease. Catherine Kaczorowski, PhD, is exploring this concept.

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FROM HOSPITAL TO HOME TO HOSPITAL

Dr. Teresa Waters is Taking on the Affects of Medicare Penalties and Hospital Readmissions.

Almost 20 percent of Medicare beneficiaries discharged from hospitals will be readmitted within 30 days, costing the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) almost $25 billion per year. Because many readmissions may be preventable, CMS began in 2012 to penalize hospitals with unplanned readmission rates for congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction and pneumonia that exceeded rates expected for their patient population. Almost half of all U.S. hospitals face penalties under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), and penalties can be as high as 3 percent of a hospital’s Medicare revenues.

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WHEN THE HELP HURTS

Dr. Gabor Tigyi Sheds Light on Negating the Side Effects of Radiation Therapy.

There currently is no antidote for radiation injury. But Gabor Tigyi, MD, PhD, a professor and chair of the Department of Physiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), and his team have spent more than 15 years working on one.

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SEEING PAST DIABETES

Dr. Rajashekhar Gangaraju Looks to Reduce Diabetes-Caused Blindness.

Rajashekhar Gangaraju, an assistant professor in the Hamilton Eye Institute, has long been interested in the causes and effects of diabetic retinopathy — his father and grandfather suffered from diabetes and resulting vision loss. His research has resulted in him being awarded more than $1 million from the National Eye Institute, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health.

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