Dagogo-Jack Writes First Comprehensive Textbook on Prediabetes

After more than 25 years of research into prediabetes and diabetes, Samuel Dagogo-Jack, chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes at UTHSC, has written the first comprehensive textbook on prediabetes. Titled “Prediabetes: A Fundamental Text,” the book was published by the American Diabetes Association on July 27 and sold out that day.

Dagogo-Jack hopes the information he has compiled and presented will help clinicians, researchers, public health practitioners, policy makers and the public better understand prediabetes—and, by extension, diabetes—which afflicts 463 million people globally.

Dagogo-Jack leads numerous studies on prediabetes and diabetes with funding amounting to more than $20 million from the National Institutes of Health and the American Diabetes Association to understand the origin and progression of the disease, as well as to discover more effective interventions and treatments.

The book is available through the American Diabetes Association, Amazon and other booksellers.

2021 Challenging, but Good Year

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In his 12th and final State of the University Address, Chancellor Steve Schwab says 2021 was a challenging but good year for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Speaking from the Mooney Library in the newly renovated Historic Quadrangle at the center of the Memphis campus via Zoom, the chancellor says the year was marked by significant successes in enrollment (3,237 students), strong total revenue ($935 million), growing revenue from sponsored programs ($305 million), a record number of degrees awarded (1,436), and record growth in research awards ($127 million). At the same time, tuition remained flat for the fourth year in a row.

These successes move the university toward its goal of becoming a top-quartile academic health science center, he says. All were achieved despite the challenge of the global pandemic.

The year saw a shift in affiliations with core clinical practice plans in Memphis. The current Memphis adult clinical partners are Regional One Health, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis Veterans Administration Medical Center, Methodist University Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center, with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as Memphis core children’s hospital partners.

“We had a good year. It was a challenging year,” he says. “Next year will be even more challenging, but we are up to it.”

New Adult Dentistry Clinic Opens at UTHSC

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UTHSC leaders celebrate the opening of the new Advanced Education in General Dentistry Clinic.

UTHSC’s College of Dentistry has opened a new Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Clinic in the Dunn Dental Building in Memphis. The clinic offers comprehensive dental care for adults, including root-canal treatments, crowns and bridges, and implants.

The five-chair dental clinic is staffed by dental residents with support and supervision from faculty of the Department of General Dentistry. The residents will spend the next year in the AEGD Program focusing on advanced-level dental care and procedures.