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Goal of new tissue-chip research is to assess efficacy of novel epilepsy drugs

Sep. 20, 2017—An interdisciplinary team of Vanderbilt University researchers has received a two-year, $2-million federal grant to develop an “organ-on-chip” model for two genetic forms of epilepsy.

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Address highlights Pediatrics’ people, progress, growth

Sep. 7, 2017—Steven Webber, MBChB, MRCP, delivered the annual State of the Department of Pediatrics address on Tuesday, with growth and quality improvement serving as recurring themes along with a focus on the department’s four mission areas — discovery, clinical care, education and advocacy, service and community partnerships.

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Doris Duke Foundation lauds Van Driest’s research

Jul. 27, 2017—Sara Van Driest, M.D., Ph.D., who is developing methods for precision dosing of pediatric medications at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), has received a 2017 Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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Bile acids, microbiota and colon cancer

Jul. 5, 2017—Bile acids produced by a western diet alter the composition of the gut microbiota and promote intestinal carcinogenesis.

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Team investigates antiviral that inhibits SARS, MERS

Jun. 29, 2017—A new antiviral drug candidate inhibits a broad range of coronaviruses, including the SARS and MERS coronaviruses, a multi-institutional team of investigators reports this week in Science Translational Medicine.

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Vanderbilt Pre-Diabetes Clinic tackles type 2 diabetes in children

Jun. 22, 2017—In Middle Tennessee, where roughly one-third of children are overweight or obese, the risk of developing pediatric type 2 diabetes is high and the consequences can be serious.

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Patrick honored for neonatal abstinence syndrome research

Jun. 15, 2017—Stephen W. Patrick, M.D., MPH, MS, has been chosen to receive the Nemours Child Health Services Research Award, recognizing his work surrounding neonatal abstinence syndrome, a drug withdrawal syndrome experienced by infants exposed to opioids while in utero.

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New screening model quickly spots acute kidney injury

Jun. 8, 2017—Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have developed a screening tool intended to more quickly identify patients with acute kidney injury (AKI).

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Hepatitis C infections among pregnant women increasing

May. 11, 2017—Hepatitis C infections among pregnant women nearly doubled from 2009-2014, likely a consequence of the country’s increasing opioid epidemic that is disproportionately affecting rural areas of states including Tennessee and West Virginia.

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Study finds male infants at increased risk for NAS

May. 4, 2017—Male infants are more likely at birth than their female counterparts to be diagnosed with drug withdrawal symptoms, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), and to require treatment, according to a new Vanderbilt study published in Hospital Pediatrics.

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Clue to recurrent C. diff infection

May. 1, 2017—Children who experience recurrent C. diff infections may have fecal inflammatory markers that could predict risk and improve management of these infections.

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American Thoracic Society lauds Young’s contributions

Mar. 9, 2017—Lisa Young, M.D., associate professor of Pediatrics and Medicine in the Divisions of Pulmonary Medicine and Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine, has been selected to receive this year's American Thoracic Society (ATS) Public Advisory Roundtable Excellence Award.

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