New Cross-College Collaborative Supported with National Award

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We’re celebrating a new cross-college collaborative project that just snagged national funding!

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has awarded $372,680 in support of the study, “Muscle GPRC6A regulation of protein turnover with overload and disuse recovery.”  James Carson, PhD, FACSM, senior associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the college of Health Professions, is the lead PI. Dr. Carson is also deputy director of the Tennessee Institute of Regenerative Medicine (TennIRM) and professor in the department of Physical Therapy.

Min Pi, PhD, associate professor in the division of Nephrology in the department of Medicine, also serves as a PI on the project. Other members on the team are Stephen Alway, PhD, FACSM, dean of the college of Health Professions, professor in the department of Physical Therapy and in the department of Physiology; and Darryl Quarles, MD, UTMG endowed professor, director of the division of Nephrology in the department of Medicine, and associate dean for Research in the College of Medicine.

Maintaining skeletal muscle mass in adults is critical for health and overall functional capacity but becomes a challenge during forced immobility or sedentary behavior. This novel investigation will improve the fundamental understanding of muscle recovery from disuse and identify novel treatment directions to help adults regain muscle mass.

This cross-college collaborative project harnesses the research synergy generated by Dr. Carson and Dr. Alway’s expertise in skeletal muscle with Drs. Quarles and Pi’s fundamental discoveries on GPRC6A protein function.

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