UTC Mathematics Professor Selected For UT CORNET Cancer Research Award

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Winners of the first UT CORNET Awards in Cancer Research for the University of Tennessee system included Cuilan (Lani) Gao, PhD, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Dr. Gao and her collaborating researcher Manish K. Tripathi, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UT Health Science Center, had their project selected for funding along with two other projects. Dr. Gao and Mr. Tripathi’s research project is entitled The Role of lncRNA-NRON and NFAT in CRC Health Disparity. The project studies a divergent trend in mortality rates between African American and Caucasians with colorectal cancer over the last 40 years. The Gao-Tripathi team is looking at cellular and molecular mechanisms that dictate how the disease behaves and progresses in underserved populations.

Other projects selected for funding were:

·         Real-time Autobioluminescent Imaging of NF-kB and Wnt Signaling Activities and Their Synergistic Co-activation in Cancer: Steven Ripp, Research Associate Professor at the Center for Environmental Biotechnology at UT Knoxville, and Zhaohui Wu, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UT Health Science Center. The team will develop light-emitting human cancer cell lines whose maturation toward tumor growth can be monitored in real time within live animal models using sensitive imaging cameras. The research will help scientists learn about cancer progression and screen new cancer-fighting drugs.

·         Dual Therapeutic Nanoplatform Delivery for Effective Breast Cancer Treatment: Hwa-Chain Robert Wang, Professor of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences at the UT Institute of Agriculture, and Murali M. Yallapu, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UT Health Science Center. This project will help develop a treatment for triple negative breast cancer, a form of cancer that is highly aggressive and difficult to treat with traditional medicines. Wang and Yallapu will combine two USDA-approved medicines in a new nanoformulation that will specifically target the tumor cell and result in minimal side effects.


"Breathe Easy" Mobile Lung CT Coach Introduced By CHI Memorial

CHI Memorial, the Rees Skillern Cancer Institute and Buz Standefer Lung Center will introduce a mobile way to screen for lung cancer.  ‘Breathe Easy’ is a mobile health coach with a low-dose computed tomography (CT) machine.  This technology is the first of its kind in the Chattanooga region, and the only fully independent unit in the nation, officials said.   ... (click for more)

Safe Journey Warns Car Seats And Winter Coats Are A Dangerous Winter Mix

Bulky winter coats and car seats are a dangerous combination, says representatives of Safe Journey at the Hamilton County Sheriff's office. Car seat professionals advise to put nothing thicker than a sweatshirt on a child under the harness straps of the car seat.   In the event of a crash, the bulky material of a winter coat could compress, creating slack in the harness ... (click for more)

Ivy Johnson, 23, And Cordarrius Johnson, 26, Shot Early Sunday Morning On Lillian Lane

Ivy Johnson, 23, And Cordarrius Johnson, 26, were shot early Sunday morning.   Chattanooga Police were notified at 4:39 a.m. of two people arriving at a local hospital with gunshot wounds. Upon arrival, police spoke with the two victims who were suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds. The victims arrived at the hospital via personal vehicle.   ... (click for more)

From Green Window Shutters To Forks And Spoons, Mount Vernon Restaurant Up For Auction

From the green wooden window shutters to the forks, knives and spoons, the landmark Mount Vernon Restaurant is up for auction. Marc Gravitt, of Gravitt Auction, said there will be an online auction starting Thursday morning and running through Saturday at noon. It will be handled as a "staggered close," he said. The first item will go first, then the second 30 seconds later, ... (click for more)

DACA Or Amnesty To Become The Majority?

As we have the political drama that we see in D.C. let’s be honest about what DACA is all about. We understand as the liberal policies of abortion, dependency on the government and an anti-American globalist / progressive agenda that many have come to realize these policies no longer represent their core beliefs and have left a certain party. Without an influx of new dependency ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What’s The ‘Super’ Done?

The headline on Jan. 10 in the Times Free Press read, “Report shows Hamilton County students still lagging behind Tennessee peers.” In smaller type underneath, the sub-head added, “Less than 33 percent of county elementary, middle school students read at grade level.” Then, just seven days later, this on Friday, the same newspaper bannered, “Hamilton County Schools superintendent ... (click for more)