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Matthew Ennis, PhD, Named Chairman,
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
The University of
Memphis, Tenn. (June 5, 2008) – Steve J. Schwab, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has announced the appointment of Matthew Ennis, PhD, as the Simon R. Bruesch Endowed Professor and chairman for the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology in the College of Medicine.
Dr. Ennis is a five-year veteran of UTHSC, having joined the faculty of the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology as professor in 2003. Dr. Ennis is a systems neuroscientist whose research focuses on neural networks involved in olfaction, taste and pain regulation. Since his arrival at UTHSC, he has been continuously funded by multiple research grants and is currently the principal investigator and a co-principal investigator on grants funded by the NIH. Other members of Dr. Ennis’s research team are also independently funded by NIH research grants.
Dr. Ennis noted that it is an honor and privilege to
step into a leadership role in a department that has consistently ranked in the
top-tier of neurobiology departments nationally. The most recent NIH research grant rankings in
2005 placed the department in the 12th position nationally among
In addition to Anatomy and Neurobiology, UTHSC is
home to an interdepartmental Neuroscience Institute, which represents
researchers across basic science and clinical departments, as well as
scientists at St. Jude Children's
“Equally important, Anatomy and Neurobiology serves a
vital educational mission on the campus. We are responsible for gross anatomy,
neuroanatomy and histology for the Colleges of Medicine, Allied Health Sciences,
Dentistry and Nursing, as well as all neuroscience courses in the
“The national search for the chair of Anatomy and Neurobiology was ably led by UT Neurology Chair William Pulsinelli, MD, PhD. Several outstanding chair finalists were identified from a field of more than 15 candidates,” noted Dr. Schwab. “Dr. Ennis emerged as the most qualified individual to further the growth of the department as well as to lead an outstanding group of accomplished researchers,” he stated.
Dr. Pulsinelli added, “Dr. Ennis is highly respected by the faculty in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and their enthusiastic support, along with his national reputation for research excellence, were important factors in the deliberations of the search committee.”
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