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Reporter May 23 2014

Exploring Wilms tumor race disparity

May. 29, 2014—Unique molecular "fingerprints" could explain the disparity in Wilms tumor incidence and point to novel, race-specific therapeutic targets.

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Respiratory virus vaccine candidate

May. 27, 2014—Virus-like particles containing a protein from human metapneumovirus are a promising vaccine candidate for this respiratory virus.

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Repair protein’s DNA recognition motif

May. 23, 2014—Insights into the workings of DNA damage response proteins such as SMARCAL1 could suggest new ways to improve genome integrity and prevent cancer.

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Zic to pass baton on leadership of VUSM Admissions

May. 22, 2014—Over the past eight years as Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s associate dean for Admissions, John Zic, M.D., estimates he’s made about 2,000 phone calls to let prospective medical students know they’ve been admitted. Personally delivering the good news has been one of his favorite aspects of the time-consuming job.

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Personalized care, gene testing highlighted at VICC retreat

May. 22, 2014—Using enhanced gene mutation testing to provide precision therapy for cancer patients was one of the themes at the annual Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) scientific retreat, held May 15 at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.

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Urologic cancer studies point to need for referral education

May. 22, 2014—Women with blood in their urine (hematuria) were less than half as likely as men with the same issue to be referred to a urologist for further tests, according to a new VUMC study.

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VUSM teaching award renamed to honor Billings

May. 22, 2014—Since 2003, the CANDLE Award has been presented to clinicians who make a significant impact on the education of students at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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Photo: Prenatal care panel

May. 22, 2014—VUMC’s Deborah Wage, CNM, FNP, and Jim Merwin, director of Program Innovation with UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform and Modernization, center, talk with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean before this week’s panel discussion about “Expect with Me,” a new model of group prenatal care being studied by Vanderbilt, Yale University and United Health Foundation.

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Photo: Cutting-edge research

May. 22, 2014—From left, Susan Wente, Ph.D., and Gordon Bernard, M.D., greet Marie Griffin, M.D., MPH, John Graves, Ph.D., and Wei Zheng, Ph.D., MPH, prior to their presentations May 15 at the first of two “Vanderbilt Cutting-edge Discovery” discussions, held as part of the Flexner Discovery Lecture Series.

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Award honors Byram’s HIV/AIDS care efforts

May. 22, 2014—Beverly Byram, MSN, FNP, program director of the Part D Ryan White program at the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic (CCC), has received the 2014 Salute to Nurses Community Outreach Award from the Tennessee Nurses Association and the Tennessean.

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Alliance’s Wilkins to take part in academic health leadership program

May. 22, 2014—Consuelo Wilkins, M.D., MSCI, executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, has been accepted as a Fellow in the 2014-2015 Class of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women.

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Robotic system to enhance Children’s Hospital pharmacy

May. 22, 2014—The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt will begin using a new state-of-the-art automated robotic system in June to prepare intravenous and single-use syringe medications for inpatients, making it the first children’s hospital in Tennessee to implement the technology.

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