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Author: Jill Clendening

Student creates abdomen model to assist surgical trainees

Sep. 28, 2017—George Washington University biomedical engineering student Sydney Bailes spent her summer carefully creating silicone layers of precise consistencies, and she hopes to spend winter break continuing work on the project that can one day help junior surgical trainees practice a critical skill — inserting surgical instruments for abdominal surgeries.

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Pancreatic islets study may spur diabetes treatment advances

Sep. 21, 2017—Investigators in the Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center (VDRTC) and collaborators at Stanford University have discovered new insights into the molecular mechanisms of cell proliferation in juvenile human pancreatic islets, information that could lead to new treatments for diabetes.

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Film documents photographer’s journey to regain quality of life

Sep. 14, 2017—Nashville photographer Fred Dusel took a long draw on his ever-present trademark cigar as he studied a richly detailed carbon transfer print of wind-twisted driftwood on a barrier island beach in Georgia.

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During Eskind renovation, other libraries provide space and services

Aug. 31, 2017—During the yearlong renovation of the Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library, all Vanderbilt University (VU) libraries are open to all Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and School of Nursing personnel.

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Benefits of palliative care for liver disease patients studied

Aug. 24, 2017—Past research has proven that palliative care — specialized medical care focused on pain and symptom management as well as psychosocial interventions to improve quality of life — benefits patients with malignant diseases such as aggressive cancers. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) health care providers are now studying whether palliative care can also benefit those with advanced liver disease, a diagnosis that precedes either a life-saving liver transplant or death.

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Study questions fees of medical specialty boards

Aug. 17, 2017—Physicians have been objecting to the high cost of the certification fees of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member boards for many years, and a research letter published recently by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that the revenue of these boards greatly exceeded expenditures in 2013.

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Awards honor dedication to excellence

Aug. 10, 2017—The most recent Credo Award and Five Pillar Leader Award winners were announced at this week’s Clinical Enterprise Leadership Assembly at Langford Auditorium. The awards are conferred on a quarterly basis.

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Student’s summer research program honors her mother

Jul. 27, 2017—As a teenager, Ashley Duhon realized she wanted to become a doctor so she could help people, like her mother, who suffer from medical complications due to type 1 diabetes.

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StrategyShare17 event helps build excitement, connections

Jul. 27, 2017—On the same day 48 years after the July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 moon landing, individuals from throughout the Vanderbilt community reflected on that historic event — a milestone marking the ultimate synthesis of innovative thinking and technology — as they shared their own explorations and mission moments during StrategyShare17.

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Diabetes education, fun come together at Camp Sugar Falls

Jun. 29, 2017—In between zip-lining through the woods and playing ball, 13-year-old Rhett Stanley takes a break from summer camp, pulls a tiny bag from his backpack and quickly tests his blood glucose level. Then, just as quickly, he’s back to the fun.

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Study uses child’s own immune system against type one diabetes

Jun. 22, 2017—Eighteen-year-old Grace Long had just been accepted at the renowned United States Naval Academy, with plans to become a nuclear engineering officer. Then, she learned she had type 1 diabetes, an immediate disqualifier for military service.

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NIDDK renews Vanderbilt’s diabetes research grant

Jun. 8, 2017—The Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center (VDRTC) is celebrating its 44th year of operation with a five-year competitive renewal of its $9 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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