About the UTHSC Office of Research

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is a community-based academic health center and a tertiary referral center that has a rich tradition of supporting excellence in basic, clinical and translational research. During fiscal year 2011, UTHSC faculty and staff received more than $93 million in research funding. A record of significant accomplishments exists in the fields of diabetes, lipoproteins, hypertension, neurosciences, cardiovascular physiology, childhood oncology, immunology, infectious disease and vaccine development, pharmacological sciences, preventive medicine, health disparities, and outcomes research.

The UTHSC Memphis campus incorporates a College of Graduate Health Sciences, Colleges of Dentistry, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy, and has formal affiliations with eight major teaching hospitals in Memphis and with the Nashville Baptist Hospital and the Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. The affiliated teaching hospitals in Memphis include the Methodist University Hospital, Methodist Hospitals of Memphis, Regional Medical Center, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Methodist Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The research environment in Memphis and surrounding areas presents ample opportunity for innovative contributions in basic, clinical and translational research. The population of Shelby County, where the UTHSC Memphis campus is located, is over one million; however, the UTHSC- affiliated teaching hospitals, which include more than 7,000 beds and 2,000 physicians, serve a population of more than three million people from counties in the five states contiguous to West Tennessee. In Shelby County, about 45% of residents are Caucasian, 40% are African-American (over 50% within the city), and about 10% are other minorities. The demographic composition of our environment and the vast clinical resources augur well for the development and growth of innovative patient-centered research with clinical and translational focus.