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Reporter Feb 13 2015

Rounds: A message from the Vice Chancellor for health Affairs

Feb. 12, 2015—As we begin 2015, many at VUMC would say they have experienced more change in the last year than at any time in their careers.

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Grant spurs schizophrenia research

Feb. 12, 2015—Vanderbilt University is partnering with the William K. Warren Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma, on research aimed at improving the treatment of schizophrenia and other forms of serious mental illness.

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Hazy definition may hamper catatonia care

Feb. 12, 2015—Catatonia, a syndrome characterized by muscular rigidity and a trance-like mental stupor, can at times manifest with great excitement and confusion. And while it is often associated with schizophrenia, it can present in patients with either medical or psychiatric conditions. For this reason, the condition has often confused clinicians.

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Report calls for new chronic fatigue guidelines

Feb. 12, 2015—An Institute of Medicine committee chaired by Vanderbilt University’s Ellen Wright Clayton, M.D., J.D., on Tuesday called for a new name and new diagnostic criteria for what is familiarly known as chronic fatigue syndrome.

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VU study explores optimal timing for pertussis vaccine

Feb. 12, 2015—Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is experiencing a resurgence, and its tiniest victims are not armed to battle the contagious respiratory infection.

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Survey tool helps assess physician behavior training

Feb. 12, 2015—Professional behavior specialists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are using a new survey tool to determine the effectiveness of training courses to help physicians correct disruptive workplace behavior.

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VUMC’s Penn named president-elect of eye research society

Feb. 12, 2015—John Penn, Ph.D., Phyllis G and William B. Snyder Endowed Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, has been named president-elect of the International Society for Eye Research (ISER).

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American Thoracic Society honors Ware’s research contributions

Feb. 12, 2015—Lorraine Ware, M.D., professor of Medicine and Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, will receive the American Thoracic Society’s (ATS) Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishments at the society’s 2015 International Conference in Denver in May.

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Career planning workshop for science trainees set

Feb. 12, 2015—A half-day workshop for Vanderbilt University graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows on “building professional relationships” will be held from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Student Life Center.

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Nealon takes role at Yale

Feb. 12, 2015—Bill Nealon, M.D., professor of Surgery, associate Surgeon-in-Chief and associate executive Medical Director of Perioperative Services, is leaving Vanderbilt effective March 31. He’s been at Vanderbilt since 2009.

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VU study explores inflammation, hypertension link

Feb. 12, 2015—The evidence is increasing: the immune system and inflammation are key contributors to high blood pressure.

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BlackHawk’s Cancer Center support reaches milestone

Feb. 12, 2015—Country music group BlackHawk recently presented a check for $20,000 to Harold (Hal) Moses, M.D., Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and director emeritus of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), in support of cancer research.

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