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Department of Biomedical Informatics

Study finds patient messages help predict medication adherence

Jan. 31, 2019—Zhijun Yin and colleagues have found that breast cancer patients who message their doctors about certain topics are more likely to discontinue hormone therapy than others--which enables doctors to better predict which patients are at risk of stopping their treatment early.

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Analyzing single-cell landscapes

Nov. 30, 2018—Qi Liu, PhD, Ken Lau, PhD, and colleagues have developed a new tool, sc-UniFrac, to quantify diverse cell types in single-cell studies.

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Bradley Malin elected to National Academy of Medicine

Oct. 16, 2018—Bradley Malin, professor of biomedical informatics, biostatistics and computer science, is among 85 newly elected members of the National Academy of Medicine.

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Team’s study reveals hidden lives of medical biomarkers

Oct. 11, 2018—The hidden lives of medical biomarkers are the focus of a recent study in Nature Communications by Jonathan Mosley.

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Probing the genetics of fibroids

Oct. 4, 2018— Digna Velez Edwards and colleagues have now conducted the first genome-wide association study to search for genetic loci associated with differences in fibroid size and number.

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Roden’s circulatory diseases research honored

Jun. 21, 2018—Vanderbilt University’s Dan Roden, MD, internationally known for his contributions to understanding how genetic variation affects drug response, has been named a recipient of the 2018 Louis and Artur Lucian Award for Research in Circulatory Diseases by McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

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Study finds acetaminophen helps reduce acute kidney injury risk in children following cardiac surgery

May. 14, 2018—Children who underwent cardiac surgery were less likely to develop acute kidney injury if they had been treated with acetaminophen in the first 48 hours after their procedures, according to a Vanderbilt study just published in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Gene study spots clues to heart risk for statin patients

May. 3, 2018—A Vanderbilt-led research team has discovered genetic variations that increase the risk of heart attack even when patients are receiving a statin drug like Lipitor or Crestor to lower their blood cholesterol.

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Health information technology expert Tang set for Discovery Lecture

Apr. 5, 2018—Paul Tang, an expert in health information technology, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, April 12.

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Study finds broken circadian clock in human tumors

Mar. 29, 2018—Human tumors appear to have a broken circadian clock, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center report in the journal PeerJ.

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Study spots undiagnosed genetic diseases in EHR

Mar. 15, 2018—Patients diagnosed with heart failure, stroke, infertility and kidney failure could actually be suffering from rare and undiagnosed genetic diseases.

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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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