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VUMC researchers find a way to ‘starve’ cancer

Jan. 16, 2018—Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to starve a tumor and stop its growth with a newly discovered small compound that blocks uptake of the vital nutrient glutamine.

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A spicy finding

Jan. 16, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered that curcumin — the active ingredient in the spice turmeric — needs to be metabolically activated to exert anti-inflammatory effects.

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Vanderbilt leads study investigating impact of theatre on youth with autism

Jan. 15, 2018—  Autism researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and two other universities have received a $2.99 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to conduct a four-year multisite project investigating the impact of theatre and peer mediation on the social competence of youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The multisite intervention project...

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BOLD view of white matter

Jan. 12, 2018—Vanderbilt investigators have discovered that functional MRI detects neural activity in both gray and white matter in the brain, suggesting new ways to investigate diseases such as Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis.

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Kennedy named chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Jan. 11, 2018—David J. “D.J.” Kennedy, MD, clinical associate professor and residency program director in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with Stanford University’s Department of Orthopaedics, has been named chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). Kennedy will join the faculty on April 1.

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Lighting up iron levels

Jan. 11, 2018—A new probe enables iron imaging in living animals, providing a unique tool for studying iron’s contributions to health and disease.

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Joint Commission renews Vanderbilt Stroke Center at highest certification

Jan. 11, 2018—The Joint Commission has again determined that the Vanderbilt Stroke Center merits the highest certification for providing complex cerebrovascular care.

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Macara named ‘Pink Tie Guy’ for Komen breast cancer research

Jan. 11, 2018—Ian Macara, PhD, Louise B. McGavock Professor and Chair of Cell and Developmental Biology and co-leader of the Signal Transduction and Chemical Biology Research Program at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), has been named one of the Pink Tie Guys for the Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee organization.

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Wells retires as director of Medical Center Nursing Research

Jan. 11, 2018—When Nancy Wells started her nursing career she didn’t stay in one place for long, going from Canada to the West and East coasts of the United States. She didn’t, that is, until she came to Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) 25 years ago to take a position as director of Nursing Research.

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Wang set to lead cardiology association

Jan. 11, 2018—Thomas Wang, MD, Gottlieb C. Friesinger II Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, was recently named president-elect of the Association of Professors of Cardiology (APC) for 2018. He will subsequently serve as the president of the group in 2019.

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River of Hope Radiothon

Jan. 11, 2018—The River of Hope Radiothon, which has aired on WRVW-FM 107.5 The River for 13 years, broadcast live from Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in December 2017.

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Great Saves event reunites thankful patients, caregivers

Jan. 11, 2018—Although he was in a deep coma, Fort Campbell soldier Marshal Castillo is convinced that hearing nurses speaking his name, feeling them touching him and explaining their daily care routines was what kept him tethered, clinging to life in the intensive care unit so he could continue healing.

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