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Reporter March 22 2013

New holders of endowed chairs honored

Mar. 21, 2013—Seven Vanderbilt University faculty members named to endowed chairs were honored for outstanding academic achievements March 19 during a celebration at the Student Life Center.

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Photo: Birthday wish

Mar. 21, 2013—Hailey Willis, left, and her sister, Alyssa, stand in front of 22 boxes of gifts they donated to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in honor of Hailey’s seventh birthday.

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Spine surgeons tailoring treatment to each patient

Mar. 21, 2013—When 55-year-old Neader Williams first learned that she might need spine surgery to treat her excruciating back and leg pain, she was more than a little scared and wasn’t even sure surgery was the answer.

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Nominations sought for Vanderbilt Prize Scholar

Mar. 21, 2013—Nominations for this year’s Vanderbilt Prize Scholar — a singular honor for female graduate students in the biomedical sciences at Vanderbilt University — are now being accepted. The deadline is April 8.

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Whitsett set for Flexner Discovery Lecture

Mar. 21, 2013—Jeffrey Whitsett, M.D., chief of the Section of Neonatology, Perinatal and Pulmonary Biology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, March 28.

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Aetna Institutes of Excellence honors VUMC quality of care

Mar. 21, 2013—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been recognized by Aetna Institutes of Excellence for its expertise in consistently delivering evidence-based, quality care for Pediatric Congenital Heart Surgery Services.

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Three take new roles in TRIAD

Mar. 21, 2013—Staff of the Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) are assuming new roles.

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Photo: Discovery Lecture Seidman

Mar. 21, 2013—Harvard’s Jonathan Seidman, Ph.D., discussed next-generation sequencing’s impact on cardiovascular genetics during his recent Flexner Discovery Lecture.

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Novel push-pull action clue to brain disorders

Mar. 21, 2013—Researchers at Vanderbilt University have discovered a new “push-pull” mechanism in the brain that one day could lead to new treatments for movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, as well as stress-related disorders and addiction.

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Residency questions answered at Match Day

Mar. 21, 2013—Match Day at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) has grown so popular the event moved from its traditional lecture hall setting at Light Hall to the more-spacious Langford Auditorium.

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Breast cancer study explores therapy to slow recurrence

Mar. 21, 2013—Many patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) have recurrence of their disease after an initial response to chemotherapy because the cancer cells have become resistant to treatment. TNBC has a lower survival rate because of this pattern of resistance and there are no targeted agents to treat this form of breast cancer.

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Patient’s cancer journey inspires fund for research

Mar. 21, 2013—There’s a long list of Vanderbilt faculty and staff who made an impact on Terri and Steve Voland when Steve was treated at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center for a rare type of cancer in his neck and spine.

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