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infectious disease

Wellcast: ‘PrEP: Not Just Another Acronym’

Jan. 30, 2019—In this episode, Dr. Sean Kelly, assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Disease at VUMC, talks about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). PrEP is a medication regimen to prevent transmission of HIV in high risk populations.

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Study uses decision support to reduce unneeded lab tests

Nov. 30, 2017—Diarrhea has many causes, and when there are prolonged or severe symptoms clinicians sometimes consider lab testing to help guide treatment. But sometimes they stray from published guidelines in the direction of overtesting.

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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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DNA duplicator small enough to hold in your hand

Jan. 11, 2017—Vanderbilt engineers have developed a new method for duplicating DNA that makes devices small enough to hold in your hand that are capable of identifying infectious agents before symptoms appear.

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Bordenstein receives grant to study bacterial infections passed from mother to offspring

Apr. 10, 2015—Seth Bordenstein, associate professor of biological sciences and pathology, microbiology and immunology, has been awarded a $950,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for research into the regulation of bacterial infections that are passed from mother to offspring.

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Ebola survivor, Dr. Ian Crozier, to speak April 8

Mar. 25, 2015—Dr. Ian Crozier, a graduate of the infectious diseases fellowship program at Vanderbilt, was the "mystery patient" being treated for Ebola at Emory. Crozier will speak from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, in Light Hall, Room 208, as part of the Flexner Dean's Lecture Series at Vanderbilt.

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Twelve Vanderbilt faculty elected AAAS fellows

Nov. 24, 2014—Twelve members of Vanderbilt's faculty have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for their “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.”

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Bacteria expert Hultgren to deliver Discovery Lecture

Feb. 28, 2013—Scott Hultgren, Ph.D., an expert on the interactions between bacteria and human hosts, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, March 7.

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VU’s Pettit named ‘Tennessean of the Year’

Jan. 10, 2013—Vanderbilt’s April Pettit, M.D., MPH, instructor in Medicine, is being recognized as the “Tennessean of the Year” by the readers and editorial board of The Tennessean.

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Mosquitoes as involuntary bioterrorists

Nov. 29, 2012—Vanderbilt biologists have discovered that mosquitoes possess a previously unknown mechanism for destroying pathogens which takes advantage of the peculiarities of the insect’s circulatory system to increase its effectiveness.

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The Tennessean: Vanderbilt team details TN meningitis death

Oct. 22, 2012—The New England Journal of Medicine has published a detailed account by April Pettit and colleagues at Vanderbilt University describing one man’s rapid deterioration after receiving a tainted steroid injection for back pain from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass.

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Team creates new view of body’s infection response

Aug. 9, 2012—A new 3-D view of the body’s response to infection — and the ability to identify proteins involved in the response — could point to novel biomarkers and therapeutic agents for infectious diseases.

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