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Diabetes trial sets bar high for retaining research subjects

Jan. 5, 2012—Loren Kirkpatrick has been enrolled in the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) at Vanderbilt’s Diabetes Center for nearly half of her adult life. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1982 at age 34, Kirkpatrick enrolled as the study’s first patient in 1983. Now Kirkpatrick has become the symbol of what Vanderbilt researchers hope is...

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Flexner recalled for compassion, devotion

Jan. 5, 2012—The halls of VUMC are a little quieter today. John M. Flexner, M.D., professor of Medicine, emeritus, whose booming voice and outgoing personality were a part of the Medical Center since his arrival here in 1954, died surrounded by family at Vanderbilt University Hospital on Dec. 27. He was 85. Dr. Flexner was a U.S....

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Magazine honors Yeatman as leader in improving health care

Jan. 5, 2012—Jeanne Yeatman, MBA, BSN, EMT, director of Vanderbilt LifeFlight, has been named by HealthLeaders magazine as one of its top 20 people across the nation who is “changing health care for the better.” The annual HealthLeaders 20 list profiles people who are playing a crucial role in making the health care industry better. Yeatman is...

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Toney to deliver MLK Lecture at VUMC on Jan. 16

Jan. 5, 2012—Debra Toney, Ph.D., R.N., president and founder of TLC Health Care Services of Las Vegas and the immediate past president of the National Black Nurses’ Association, will deliver the Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Monday, Jan. 16. The lecture, presented at noon in 208 Light Hall, is entitled “Improving...

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Sternberg set to serve ophthalmology group

Jan. 5, 2012—Paul Sternberg Jr., M.D., chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt and director of the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, was recently elected president-elect of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He assumed the post Jan. 1. The one-year term will prepare Sternberg, also assistant vice chancellor for Adult Health Affairs and chief medical officer for Vanderbilt...

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VHVI at Williamson Medical Center set to open

Jan. 5, 2012—Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI) is relocating its cardiac practice in Williamson County and announcing the addition of five cardiologists. Formerly located at 2105 Edward Curd Lane in Franklin, Tenn., the practice will relocate to 4323 Carothers Pkwy., Suite 405, within the Williamson Tower, the medical office building attached to Williamson Medical Center in...

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Kennedy Center receives three awards from disabilities association

Jan. 5, 2012—The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) recognized the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center with three awards at their annual conference in November. The VKC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) received the association’s 2011 Council on Community Advocacy Award (COCA), nominated by COCA and the center’s Community Advisory Council Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., VKC...

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Orthopaedics academy honors Spindler’s research

Jan. 5, 2012—Kurt Spindler, M.D., Kenneth D. Schermerhorn Professor and vice chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, and the Multicenter Orthopaedic Outcomes Network (MOON) are recipients of the 2012 Ann Doner Vaughan Kappa Delta Award. Given by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Research Development Committee, the Kappa Delta Award recognizes outstanding manuscripts that focus on...

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Stanford’s Südhof to speak on synapse development, function

Jan. 5, 2012—Thomas Südhof, M.D., the Avram Goldstein Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University School of Medicine, will deliver the first Discovery Lecture of 2012 on Thursday, Jan. 12. His talk, “Neurexins: from synapse formation to synapse function,” will begin at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall. Südhof’s laboratory investigates how synapses — the...

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Sosman named to ‘Dream Team’ of cancer investigators

Jan. 5, 2012—Jeffrey Sosman, M.D., professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), has been named to a melanoma research Dream Team of cancer investigators supported by Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA). Sosman is among the Dream Team’s principal investigators who will work closely with the other principal clinical investigators to...

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VUSN Pinning Ceremony

Jan. 5, 2012—From left, School of Nursing Dean Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D., CNM, Nurse-Midwifery student Samantha Stearns and Nurse-Midwifery Program Director Mavis Schorn, Ph.D., CNM, pose for a photo at the school’s December Pinning Ceremony at Benton Chapel.

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Hope notes

Jan. 5, 2012—Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center patients, families and staff members recently placed messages of hope and requests for cancer research funds on a “Wall of Hope” at the Cancer Center. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network sponsored the “Wall of Hope” initiative and will send the messages to members of Tennessee’s congressional delegation.

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