Assistant Professor Rajashekhar Gangaraju of UTHSC Receives $1 Million Grant to Continue Diabetic Retinopathy Research – UTHSC NewsUTHSC News

“Rajashekhar Gangaraju, PhD, an assistant professor in the Hamilton Eye Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has long been interested in the causes and effects of diabetic retinopathy – his father and grandfather suffered from diabetes and resulting vision loss. As a result, Dr. Gangaraju, who came to UTHSC in 2014 from Glick Eye Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine, has focused his research on retinal vascular biology. A grant totaling $1,076,823 from the National Eye Institute, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health, originally given to him through his previous institution, is transferring to UTHSC to continue … Continue reading Assistant Professor Rajashekhar Gangaraju of UTHSC Receives $1 Million Grant to Continue Diabetic Retinopathy Research – UTHSC NewsUTHSC News

Kitchen Community opening office near U of M – The Commercial Appeal

“Owners of the old Walker Avenue YMCA have signed a small but nationally prominent tenant — marking yet another win for the University District on pace to become the next hotspot of revitalization in Memphis. The Kitchen Community — a non-profit started by South African-born entrepreneur and philanthropist Kimbal Musk — has signed a five-year lease for 2,200 square feet in the former Y near the University of Memphis. Since coming to Memphis in January, the Boulder, Colorado-based Kitchen Community has installed 21 of its “learning gardens” at schools throughout the area and has plans for 12 more this fall.  … Continue reading Kitchen Community opening office near U of M – The Commercial Appeal

MBJ: Harmonyx test can address side effects of pain medication

“Memphis-based Harmonyx has launched a new test that examines the efficacy and side effect risk of medications used to treat acute and chronic pain. The test is designed to provide individualized details about which medication may be a good genetic match for patients, along with guidance for dosages and potential side-effect risk. One in three Americans report suffering from chronic pain. With the serious risks and side effects associated with most pain medications, the test can help ensure a prescription isn’t negatively affecting a patient. The test could also help decrease the rate of abuse and overdose of opioids. Acute … Continue reading MBJ: Harmonyx test can address side effects of pain medication

MBJ: University of Tennessee Health Science Center researcher receives $1 million grant from the National Insitutes of Health

“A University of Tennessee Health Science Center professor has received a $1 million grant to study diabetic retinopathy. 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. Gangaraju came to UTHSC in 2014 from the Glick Eye Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine, where he was originally awarded the grant, which was transferred along … Continue reading MBJ: University of Tennessee Health Science Center researcher receives $1 million grant from the National Insitutes of Health

MBJ: VIA Productions opens Los Angeles location, keeps location in Memphis

“Memphis-based VIA Productions has opened a new location in Los Angeles. The new production office, located at 2656 29th Street in Santa Monica, will be managed by current VIA producer Nathan Babian with the goal of meeting the increasing need for post-production specialists. “This expansion increases our access to the best talent in the industry and it gives us a distinct opportunity to expand our post-production capabilities,” said Chad Schaffler, VIA’s executive producer. “The unparalleled resources in the Los Angeles market will increase our offerings and improve our service.” The office will also be the permanent home to a staff of producers and … Continue reading MBJ: VIA Productions opens Los Angeles location, keeps location in Memphis

MBJ: Speak Creative lands partnership with Georgia Aquarium

“Memphis-based digital design agency Speak Creative has landed a big one. The firm, which also has a Nashville office, recently built a new mobile app for the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere. “The launch of the Georgia Aquarium app is a showcase of the mobile app capabilities Speak has created through our Capacity platform,” says CJ Jordan, business development manager at Speak, in a news release. “We’re continually evolving to merge technology with useful and engaging design to offer the best user experience possible.” The aquarium’s free app is available on iTunes and Google Play and includes audio for … Continue reading MBJ: Speak Creative lands partnership with Georgia Aquarium

High Ground News: UT files for drug manufacturing facility

“The University of Health Sciences Center has filed a permit for a new drug manufacturing facility that could be “a huge economic engine for the community,” according to Dr. Kennard Brown, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations office Nearly $16 million from UTHSC and $4.5 million from the Plough Foundation are going toward creating The Plough Center for Sterile Drug Delivery Systems, a Good Manufacturing Practice pharmaceutical facility. The facility is to be housed at 208 S. Dudley Street, a former print shop warehouse that the university purchased for a little under $1 million in 2007. About 17,200 square feet of the 32,000-square foot … Continue reading High Ground News: UT files for drug manufacturing facility

High Ground: Local universities celebrated for underprivileged student support

“A $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will aid the University of Memphis in fostering academic success for first-generation, low-income and disabled students. … The funding will go toward the university-specific Student Success Program and its roster of TRIO programs, a federal set of initiatives that provides tutoring, counseling, mentoring and financial guidance for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Two of Memphis’ universities have received financial commitments that will further education opportunities for less-privileged groups. This week, White House officials visited Christian Brothers University to formally recognize the school’s commitment to serving the Hispanic community. Two of CBU’s programs … Continue reading High Ground: Local universities celebrated for underprivileged student support

Local crafter wins Etsy competition

“Local startup Paper & Clay, a ceramics line created by area artist Brit McDaniel, recently won an Etsy competition for a new large retailer order. This past week Etsy launched its brand new program,Etsy Open Call. This competition highlights the best of Etsy’s sellers (this year they picked 30 out of 5000 applicants) and pairs them with the style makers of the retail industry. This year’s event, which was held at Etsy’s HQ in Brooklyn, featured Nordstrom, Land of Nod, Walker Art Center, Clementine, and Lou & Grey. … McDaniel’s work has been seen in publications and blogs such as Southern Living,Design*Sponge, New … Continue reading Local crafter wins Etsy competition

Crime rates continue to fall in Memphis and Shelby County – New Memphis Institute

“The Memphis Shelby Crime Commission released the countywide and city of Memphis crime statistics for June 2015 today. The reported major violent crime rate for June 2015 was down 4.5 percent countywide and 3.9 percent in the city of Memphis, compared to the same six month period in 2014. The reported major violent crime rate was down 20.8 percent countywide and 16.2 percent in Memphis, compared to the same six month period in 2006, which is the baseline year for Operation: Safe Community. The major property crime rate also continued to decline, as well. Countywide, the rate of major property crimes (burglaries, auto thefts, … Continue reading Crime rates continue to fall in Memphis and Shelby County – New Memphis Institute