Digna Velez Edwards

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    Genetic ancestry and hypertension risk

    Racial disparities in hypertension risk are due in part to genetic differences between ancestries, Vanderbilt investigators find in a study of participants in the Million Veteran Program. Read More

    Apr. 29, 2021

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    Fibroids and birth outcomes

    Women with three or more uterine fibroids — non-cancerous growths — during pregnancy are more likely to have infants with reduced birthweight and may need additional surveillance. Read More

    Sep. 8, 2020

  • Vanderbilt University

    VUMC-led network to focus on polygenic risk for common diseases

    With the aid of a $75 million, five-year grant renewal, the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics Network (eMERGE) will venture beyond its current focus on monogenic disease to scoring research participants relative risk for complex heritable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease and type 2 diabetes. Read More

    Jul. 1, 2020

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    Probing the genetics of fibroids

     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. Read More

    Oct. 4, 2018

  • Vanderbilt University

    Velez Edwards named to Women’s Health Research leadership

    Digna R. Velez Edwards, PhD, has been named director of Women’s Health Research, succeeding longtime director and founder, Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD, associate dean of Clinical and Translational Scientist Development and professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Read More

    Jun. 19, 2018

  • Vanderbilt University

    Twelve faculty members named as 2018 Chancellor Faculty Fellows

    Twelve outstanding faculty members from across the university have been named to the 2018 class of Chancellor Faculty Fellows. The class comprises highly accomplished, recently tenured faculty from all corners of campus. Read More

    Jan. 18, 2018

  • Pregnant woman holding pill pack

    NSAIDs, genetics and miscarriage

    A certain genetic variant, in combination with the use of anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen during early pregnancy, may protect women from miscarriage. Read More

    Sep. 20, 2017

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    BMI gene study expands to people of African ancestry

    An international team of scientists, including six from Vanderbilt University, has identified the first unique genetic determinants of body mass index (BMI) in people of African ancestry. Read More

    Apr. 18, 2013