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.

  • The Tennessee Institute of Regenerative Medicine (TennIRM) is presenting their inaugural annual symposium next month.The 1st Annual TennIRM Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 from 9:00am – 4:00pm.  Attendance options are either in-person at the UTHSC Mooney Library, or virtually via zoom. Regardless of the option you choose, registration is required by January 24th, so REGISTER NOW!   The symposium will feature overviews of ongoing regenerative science research from TennIRM scientists, and a technology review of 3D bio-printing capabilities. Additionally, updates will be provided on ongoing regenerative science initiatives from affiliated organizations at the University of Memphis; University of Tennessee, Knoxville; UTHSC; and industry partners.   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 with the goal of translating scientific discovery into new organ repair and replacement therapies for people suffering from organ damage.

  • New Dates Announced For Global Scientific Conference Recruited to Memphis by UTHSC, TennIRM The International Experimental Biology and Medicine Conference (IEBMC), a major scientific conference being jointly hosted by University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and the Tennessee Institute of Regenerative Medicine (TennIRM), has been rescheduled with an updated speaker lineup. Originally slated for October 8-10, 2021, the conference is now set to take place April 29-May 1, 2022 at the Central Station Hotel in downtown Memphis. The decision to reschedule was made out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health and well-being of conference participants and attendees. The annual event regularly attracts 250-300 attendees. As recently as early September, the virulence of the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 in Shelby County, and the resultant increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, were still a cause for concern. The conference is also sponsored by the Society of Experimental Biology and Medicine and its journal, Experimental Biology and Medicine, and is supported by industry and foundation partners. Steve Goodman, PhD, vice chancellor for Research at UTHSC, is chairing the conference planning committee and was instrumental in bringing the event to Memphis. “Every year this international conference is on a topic of great interest to the global scientific community,” Dr. Goodman said. “This year, the topic is regenerative medicine, and the creation and rapid growth of TennIRM was an important factor in bringing the IEBMC to Memphis.” Memphis is the first stateside location the global conference has chosen in its eight-year history. Along with the new dates, a revised list of speakers was announced, which include Arnold I. Caplan, PhD, director of the Skeletal Research Center and professor of Biology at Case Western Reserve University, as the new keynote. “We have an outstanding slate of speakers highlighted by our keynote lecturer, Dr. Arnie Caplan. Dr. Caplan is the researcher who discovered mesenchymal stem cells and is a leader in the field,” Dr. Goodman said. Thought leaders from around the globe in the area of regenerative medicine will present as plenary speakers, addressing a wide spectrum of basic, translational and clinical research topics during five plenary sessions: Stem Cell Biology, Organoids, Organs on a Chip, Regenerative Medicine and the Cardiovascular System, and Regenerative Medicine and the Nervous System. The plenary speaker lineup includes participants from leading research institutions across the United States and globally, the FDA Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies, and local speakers from UTHSC and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The conference, which provides an opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to present their work to international experts, also extended the deadline for poster session abstract submittals to January 2022. For registration information or to submit an abstract, visit the event website, iebmc.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact Greg Harris, senior director of Development, UT Research Foundation, at gharri28@uthsc.edu. The complete Speaker Lineup: Opening Keynote, Arnold I. Caplan, PhD, Case Western Reserve University Session 1, Stem Cell Biology: Jian Feng, PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo; Daniel Garry, MD, PhD, University of Minnesota; Hannele Ruohola-Baker, University of Washington; Shannon McKinney-Freeman, PhD, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Session 2, Organoids: Antonio Santos, PhD, Stanford University; Munemasa Mori, MD, PhD, Columbia University; Gábor Tigyi, MD, PhD, DSc, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Session 3, Organs on a Chip: John Wikswo, PhD, Vanderbilt University; Megan McCain, PhD, University of Southern California; Hyun Jung Kim, PhD, University of Texas at Austin; Peter Loskill, PhD, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB Session 4, Regenerative Medicine and the Cardiovascular System: Robert Schwartz, PhD, University of Houston; W. Keith Jones, Loyola University Chicago; Y. James Kang, PhD, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Session 5, Regenerative Medicine and the Nervous System: Agnes Luo, PhD, University of Cincinnati; Guoli Ming, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania; Cindi Morshead, PhD, the University of Toronto Closing presentation: Sung Kyung, PhD, FDA Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies