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Reporter Aug 19 2016

Brother of VUMC employee competes in second Olympics

Aug. 18, 2016—Javier Culson, a Puerto Rican athlete, bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics and brother of VUMC employee Judith Culson, competed today in the men’s 400-meter hurdles at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Today’s race didn’t go as well as four years ago; he was disqualified for a false start. He was ranked fourth...

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Telemedicine usage increasing rapidly for many service lines

Aug. 18, 2016—Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologist Allen Naftilan, M.D., Ph.D., puts a stethoscope to his ears and listens to the heartbeats of patients more than 90 miles away.

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New procedure expands options for pleural diseases

Aug. 18, 2016—Fabien Maldonado, M.D., recently joined the Division of Pulmonology, bringing with him expertise in minimally invasive medical pleuroscopy that he honed during his nine years at the Mayo Clinic.

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Program helps Ph.D. students find non-academic careers

Aug. 18, 2016—In 2013, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) received one of 10 grants from the National Institutes of Health called BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) to help train scientists for a variety of diverse careers.

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Age no barrier for patient’s transplant surgery success

Aug. 18, 2016—The old adage that age is just a number actually became a lifesaver for 71-year-old Rex Parton.

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Major grant enhances pulmonary fibrosis research

Aug. 18, 2016—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has received an $11 million program project renewal grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study the genetics and underlying biological mechanisms that lead to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

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Meeting jump-starts VUMC Strategy Framework process

Aug. 18, 2016—A broad and diverse group of 150 Medical Center and University leaders, students, and community stakeholders met Monday afternoon at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center to advance Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Strategy Framework process.

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Ranking party

Aug. 18, 2016—Katie Walker, R.N., left, Andrea Vessels, R.N., Thomasina Ramey and Keiara Butler were all smiles during last week’s event celebrating Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt’s performance in the recent U.S. News & World Report ranking of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.

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VICC helps launch new alliance for rare kidney cancer

Aug. 18, 2016—Children, adolescents or young adults, particularly African-Americans, diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer may actually have a rare form of the disease known as renal medullary carcinoma (RMC) that requires a specialized approach and expert intervention.

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New center will examine addiction at molecular level, develop treatments

Aug. 17, 2016—Vanderbilt University researchers from diverse scientific disciplines are joining forces to help crack the stubborn mysteries of addiction through the new Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research.

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Chicken Salad Chick Foundation gift to support Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center research

Aug. 17, 2016—Chicken Salad Chick Foundation founding board members Stacy Brown and Betty and Earlon McWhorter presented a $200,000 check to Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) to support cancer research. Among other initiatives, the Chicken Salad Chick Foundation was proud to host Music and Miracles Superfest, the first major stadium concert in Jordan-Hare’s 75-year history, held on April 23 in Auburn, Alabama.

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Foundation’s support speeds search for new schizophrenia drugs at Vanderbilt

Aug. 15, 2016—Research in the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery (VCNDD) aimed at developing innovative new treatments for schizophrenia just received a powerful assist from The William K. Warren Foundation.

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