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Reporter Aug 31 2012

Diabetes can’t hold back Little League champion

Aug. 30, 2012—When Luke Brown was 5, he slid into second base as a little black box flew out of the back pocket of his baseball pants. The object was an insulin pump, his lifeline, a device charged with keeping his blood sugar in check. But he wasn’t prepared to stop at second, and snatched it off...

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Pool Party

Aug. 30, 2012—Members of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s class of 2016 enjoy the traditional pool party hosted by VUSM Dean Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., above. Below, Scott Rodgers, M.D., associate dean for Student Affairs, gets dunked. (Photos by Anne Rayner)

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13th annual Genetics Symposium Oct. 1

Aug. 30, 2012—“Evolution and the Genetic Basis for Human Disease” is the subject of the 13th annual Vanderbilt Genetics Symposium 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Student Life Center. Keynote speakers and their topics are: Sarah Tiskoff, Ph.D., David and Lyn Silfen University Associate Professor of Genetics and Biology at the University of Pennsylvania,...

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Gastroenterology, hepatology, nutrition course offered Sept. 7-8

Aug. 30, 2012—  The latest developments in gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition will be discussed Sept. 7-8 during a continuing medical education course at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt. More than 20 Vanderbilt University faculty members and experts from Indiana University, the University of Pennsylvania and Washington University in St. Louis will participate. Topics include advances in the...

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Bountiful Harvest

Aug. 30, 2012—Families gathered Aug. 11 at Arrington Vineyards for its first Harvest Party, featuring a hot-air balloon launch, wine tastings, live jazz and Kix Brooks’ first-ever musical performance at the vineyard. Sponsored in part by WarpSpeed, the event had nearly 6,000 attendees and benefited the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. (Photo by Daniel Dubois)

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Community invited to race/walk for cancer research

Aug. 30, 2012—Members of the Vanderbilt community are invited to lace up their athletic shoes and get ready to race/walk as members of “Team Vanderbilt” at this fall’s cancer awareness events. This year, for the first time, Nashville will host “Purple Strides,” an event sponsored by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The 5K run/walk will be held...

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Stand Up to Cancer TV broadcast airs Sept. 7

Aug. 30, 2012—Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), the nonprofit organization that helps fund various Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) investigators, returns to prime time television for its third broadcast Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. The hourlong show featuring Hollywood celebrities, recording artists and sports figures will include special performances and a celebrity phone/multi-media bank that will allow...

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Donaldson named DNP program director

Aug. 30, 2012—Terri Donaldson, DNP, MSN, has been named director of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. For the past year, she has served as co-director with Donna McArthur, Ph.D., MSN, who will continue as faculty in the DNP program that she helped develop. “Donna did a wonderful job launching our Doctor of...

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Faculty honored for service, excellence at Fall Assembly

Aug. 30, 2012—  Vanderbilt has succeeded in the face of tough economic challenges thanks to its commitment to excellence, diversity, acceptance and creativity, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos told a standing-room-only crowd at the Student Life Center during the Fall Faculty Assembly Aug. 23. Zeppos, who was among faculty members recognized for 25 years of service to the...

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Eye clinic paves way to better vision for children

Aug. 30, 2012—Nothing brings Brandi McRedmond a bigger smile than seeing one of her patients in tears. It’s the telltale sign that their lives are about to change, for the better. McRedmond, M.A., M.Ed., works as an educational consultant for the PAVE program at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute. PAVE (Providing Access to the Visual Environment) offers free...

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Acquisition enhances women’s services in Williamson County

Aug. 30, 2012—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has acquired The Franklin Women’s Center, a group of six obstetrician/gynecologists and two women’s health nurse practitioners in Williamson County who will form a new group, the Vanderbilt Franklin Women’s Center at Williamson Medical Center. The physicians – Katherine Dykes, M.D., Alison Mullaly, M.D., Cynthia L. Netherton, M.D., Nancy Osburn, M.D.,...

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Advisory councils tap experience of patients, families

Aug. 30, 2012—Confusion over the check-in process. A missing sign. A bathroom that needs cleaning. A route difficult to navigate with a wheelchair. These are things that Vanderbilt University Medical Center staff can easily overlook but can make or break a patient’s experience. Through its Patient and Family Advisory Councils, VUMC has tapped into its best resources...

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