About the Research Rainmaker

Showcasing the top research news from around UTHSC, the Research Rainmaker is produced by the Office of Research.

The Research Rainmaker was originally created as a newsletter to support our researchers in the advancement of public scholarship, accelerating the application of discoveries, and communicating their significance to many audiences. This online platform is an evolution of both that newsletter and The Office of Research’s web presence, providing a space for us to combine the best of UTHSC’s research news and events channels into a single, dynamic site that presents a compelling picture of UTHSC research.

The Office of Research plans to continually develop The Rainmaker into an online center that brings together multimedia content in a single platform with the ability to reach audiences through an array of media channels. In addition to combining content and resources from across umbrella units within the Office of Research into a single, easily searchable site, future plans for The Rainmaker include offering topic-based RSS feeds to other UTHSC sites to provide tailored content based on consumer preference.

The Rainmaker’s immediate online offerings include:

  • A video library with educational videos that provide an introduction to the different clinical trial offices, divisions, and institutes that fall under the Office of Research purview.
  • A research news focus that leverages content as a primary news source for faculty, staff, and students. The blog represents the next step for the Rainmaker’s evolution as an online-first publication.
  • An interactive “Ask the Expert” tool for readers to submit questions.
  • A searchable archive of all the stories from our print newsletter.
  • A platform to display research content that all of the University’s online promotions can point to, as well as a content-rich landing page for people who arrive at the Office of Research website through content searches.
  • The ability to tag content and group related content around particular topics.

In developing this site, we hope to better advance UTHSC Research’s mission to “cultivate and support discovery, innovation, commercialization, and economic growth within the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the State of Tennessee, with the dedication to improve the health of Tennesseans, the Nation, and the Global community.”


Questions about the new site can be sent to lfergu12@uthsc.edu.

  • Researchers, Join us today, Friday, February 12, 2021 at 1:00pm via Zoom for our next Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Grand Rounds seminar series.   This webcast series features successful and engaging scientists who have proven experience in entrepreneurial ventures.  Our speaker this month is Bryan McRae, Ph.D., practicing otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat surgery) and Executive Director (Interim) of the Center for Medical Innovation at the University Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Wall will present on “Surgical Device Development and Entrepreneurship,”  a talk which will highlight CMI’s experience with surgical devices and medical software development, including insights and advice for aspiring faculty inventors in academic health systems. Register for the webinar here: https://utah.zoom.us/j/97465945198 More information can be found on the Office of Research website.  This presentation is open to all faculty, staff, and students.  

  • Webinar Registration Link: https://tennesseehipaa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mUslXBRBQ3S46xIFebLZ3w Please join the UTHSC Office of Research Development for the January 2021 Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Grand Rounds featuring Jonathan Wall, PhD. Wednesday, January 27, 2021 1:00pm-2:00pm CT Presenter:  Jonathan Wall, PhD Title: The Road to a Collaborative Corporate-Academic Partnership for Biotechnology  In this webinar, Dr. Wall will describe the process of going from invention disclosure to viable Biotech start-up and the decision processes that have led to an effective, productive corporate-academic collaboration. Jonathan Wall, PhD is a Professor at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Director of the Amyloidosis and Cancer Theranostics Program, and Director of Research at the Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville, TN. He is also co-founder and interim Chief Scientific Officer of Attralus Inc., an early phase Biotech company developing diagnostic and therapeutic agents for systemic amyloidosis.  _________________________________________ The Health Sciences Entrepreneurship (HSE) Grand Rounds seminar series is a collaboration among UAMS, Univeristy of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Kentucky, University of New Mexico, University of Utah (all Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program institutions), and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.