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Congenital heart disease expert Gelb set for Discovery Lecture

Feb. 1, 2018—Bruce Gelb, MD, an expert on congenital heart defects, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 8.

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Shade Tree Clinic Benefit Dinner, Silent Auction set for Feb. 22

Feb. 1, 2018—The Shade Tree Clinic Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction will take place Thursday, Feb. 22, 6 – 8:30 p.m. in the Student Life Center on Vanderbilt University’s campus.

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Nashville Christmas Parade lands Midsouth Regional Emmy Award

Feb. 1, 2018—The 63rd Annual Nashville Christmas Parade in December 2016, which benefited Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, was awarded for best special event coverage at the 32nd Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards on Jan. 20.

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Cell skeleton and the brush border

Jan. 31, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered a role for microtubules — part of the cellular “skeleton” — in organizing the unique sidedness of the epithelial cells that line organs like the intestines.

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NEJM Catalyst forum addresses mental, behavioral and social health determinants

Jan. 29, 2018—Healthcare is more than diagnosing and treating disease. To truly improve health outcomes for individuals and communities, the mental, behavioral and social determinants of health must be fully integrated with physical factors at all levels of the healthcare system.

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Imaging features predict tumor grade

Jan. 29, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered imaging features associated with increased risk for aggressive meningiomas (tumors of the brain membranes) that could help guide surgical planning and patient counseling.

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Versatile C. difficile blocker

Jan. 26, 2018—New research reveals a unique mechanism of C. difficile toxin neutralization by a monoclonal antibody, suggesting new therapeutic approaches.

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A cataract-heart connection

Jan. 25, 2018—Studies of alpha-B crystallin in zebrafish could ultimately lead to improved treatment for cataracts and heart disease.

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Heart transplant program reaches new record

Jan. 25, 2018—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) performed a record number of heart transplants in 2017, surpassing the 2016 milestone and securing its place as the second-busiest heart transplant program in the country.

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Personalized drug prescribing program expands, upgrades

Jan. 25, 2018—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has expanded and relaunched genetic testing to predict patient responses to drugs.

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Number of minority trainees on rise, but not minority faculty

Jan. 25, 2018—Vanderbilt investigators examined the entire training pathway of potential biomedical research faculty and found two key points of loss: during undergraduate education and in transition from postdoctoral fellowship to tenure-track faculty.

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VUMC’s next Joint Commission survey expected this spring

Jan. 25, 2018—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) employees should begin preparing now for an important upcoming organization-wide initiative — the 2018 Joint Commission survey, which is expected to take place this spring.

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