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Rehm, Williams take new roles in Department of Pediatrics

Jan. 4, 2018—Two Department of Pediatrics faculty members have been named to new and expanded roles. Kris Rehm, MD, has been named vice chair of Outreach Activities. Succeeding Rehm in her role as Division Chief for Hospital Medicine is Derek Williams, MD, MPH.

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Obesity interventions: ideal dose?

Dec. 21, 2017—The optimal “dose” for behavioral interventions to treat childhood obesity are not clear, Vanderbilt researchers concluded after analyzing 133 clinical trial that occurred over the course of 17 years.

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Sorting patient messages automatically

Dec. 20, 2017—Automated techniques can assist in understanding and managing growing volumes of messages sent through secure patient portals, Vanderbilt researchers found.

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Crowe elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Dec. 14, 2017—James Crowe Jr., MD, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

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Fellowships reflect Michal’s deep commitment to children

Dec. 7, 2017—Mary Michal, MD,’60, may have entered Vanderbilt University School of Medicine by mistake, but she’s remained devoted to its mission by design.

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Trevathan named director for the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health

Nov. 20, 2017—Edwin Trevathan, MD, MPH, a pediatric neurologist and epidemiologist who has previously held prominent university leadership positions at Washington University in St. Louis (director of Pediatric Neurology), St. Louis University (dean, School of Public Health) and Baylor University (Provost and Executive Vice President) as well as at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been appointed director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH), effective Jan. 1, 2018.

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Boosting sarcoma cell death

Oct. 4, 2017—A compound identified at Vanderbilt represents a new lead for treating rare, aggressive childhood cancers called Ewing sarcomas.

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Delirium, benzos and the pediatric ICU

Oct. 2, 2017—With other risk factors held equal, children who received a benzodiazepine sedative drug were nearly three times more likely to experience delirium – confused thought – the following day.

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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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