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Feb 8, 2007 at 8:42 AM
Quillen professor co-edits brain book
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JOHNSON CITY - An overview of major research advances from the past decade involving the brain transmitter norepinephrine is the subject of a new book co-edited by a faculty member at East Tennessee State University's James H. Quillen College of Medicine. "Norepinephrine is a hugely important transmitter that is involved in controlling many brain and cardiovascular functions, and we have gained significant new knowledge over the past 10 years," said Dr. Greg Ordway, professor/chair of pharmacology and co-editor of "Brain Norepinephrine." "Many drugs prescribed for depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and pain manipulate norepinephrine as a means of treatment. In addition, pathologies of brain norepinephrine have been demonstrated in a number of illnesses, including depression, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease," said Ordway. Ordway said half of the book addresses the latest advances at the basic science level, while the remainder of the text deals with new clinical applications. Among those findings is a chapter that reviews major studies of atomoxetine, which is a selective norepinephrine transporter blocker, and its success in treating ADHD. "Brain Norepinephrine" is published by Cambridge University Press with Dr. Michael Schwartz at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Dr. Alan Frazer from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio as co-editors.
Baker Donelson top labor litigation firm
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JOHNSON CITY - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has been ranked among the top 10 labor and employment litigation firms in the country by Employment Law 360, a national news source for employment law and human resources professionals. In a survey of more than 250 of the largest law firms in the United States, Employment Law 360 researched the number of new employment lawsuits filed in the U.S. district and circuit courts between July 1, 2005, and June 30, 2006. The firms included on the list were ranked based on the number of new cases that each firm was involved in, whether representing the plaintiff or defendant. Baker Donelson was ranked ninth on the list, among some of the largest firms in the country that focus exclusively on labor and employment law. "Over the years, we at Baker Donelson have worked to build a â€˜best-of-class' labor and employment practice," said Steven H. Trent, head of the firm's Labor and Employment Department. "Being named among the top employment litigation firms in the country shows our efforts have been successful." With more than 70 attorneys focused on this area of law, Baker Donelson represents clients in all types of labor and employment matters including litigation as well as litigation avoidance through ensuring compliance with employment-related laws and regulations and extensive training programs for client supervisors and managers. Clients include local, regional and national companies from a variety of industries such as manufacturing, health care, financial services, transportation and communications.