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Institutes and Consortia

Administered by the Chancellery, these research institutes include collaboration with other independent institutions such as the Urban Child Institute, other units of the University of Tennessee, the UT Research Foundation, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, St Jude Children's Research Hospital, the University of Memphis, corporate partners, insurance providers, and many national and international research partners.

Research Institutes

Institute for the Study of Host Pathogens (iSHPS)
Director: Colleen Jonsson, PhD
The Institute for the Study of Host Pathogen Systems (iSHPS) synergizes infectious disease research among an interdisciplinary group of faculty across the UTHSC enterprise. 
Neuroscience Institute
Director: Matthew Ennis, PhD
The Neuroscience Institute develops and supports multidisciplinary research and training in neuroscience. The institute features basic science and clinical members spanning 10 departments, and fosters neuroscience research through support of neuroscience track graduate students and postdocs, the Neuroscience Imaging Center and Behavioral Core, a robust seminar series, and start-up packages for new faculty. 
Tennessee Institute of Regenerative Medicine (TennIRM)
Executive Director: James Carson, PhD

The Tennessee Institute of Regenerative Medicine (TennIRM) brings together the expertise of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the University of Memphis, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with the goal of translating scientific discovery into new organ repair and replacement therapies for people suffering from organ damage.

Research Consortia

Center for Sickle Cell Disease
Director: Kenneth Ataga, MD

The Center for Sickle Cell Disease, with its affiliated medical centers at Diggs Kraus Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center and Methodist Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, is committed to providing patients with highly personalized care to manage their symptoms associated with the disease so they can live as normal a life as possible.

Tennessee Population Health Consortium
Executive Director: Jim Bailey, MD, MPH, FACP

The Tennessee Population Health Consortium encourages adoption of evidence-based practices, transforms primary and preventive care, and measurably improves health outcomes, quality of life, and health equity for the people of Tennessee.


Mar 8, 2024