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Reporter May 26 2017

Chetkovich named chair of Department of Neurology

May. 26, 2017—Dane Chetkovich, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Neurology and Physiology and director of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, has been named chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Neurology. He will join the faculty on Sept. 1.

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Preserving NIH’s Fogarty International Center crucial for global health efforts

May. 26, 2017—This week Douglas Heimburger, M.D., M.S., professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt, joined a growing chorus calling for preservation of the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Vanderbilt LifeFlight launches app for emergency responders

May. 26, 2017—Vanderbilt LifeFlight has developed a new app that allows for emergency responders to request a helicopter at the tap of a button. The app also uses computer-aided software to send the emergency responders’ location and other helpful information directly to dispatch personnel at LifeFlight’s Communications Center.

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Address highlights VUMC Nursing’s achievements

May. 25, 2017—Executive Chief Nursing Officer Marilyn Dubree, MSN, R.N., revisited the successes of Vanderbilt Nursing over the last year and looked to the future in her 2017 State of Nursing address on May 25 in Light Hall.

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Research delves into mental states of self-transcendent experiences

May. 25, 2017—Researchers have, for the first time, described the similarity of different self-transcendent experiences — mental states that range from being in love to spiritual enlightenment — along a common continuum and spectrum of intensity.

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VUMC achieves ‘Elite-Plus’ stroke status for third consecutive year

May. 25, 2017—Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) rapid response in treating stroke patients has received the American Stroke Association’s Honor Roll-Elite Plus recognition for the third consecutive year.

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Student Health Coalition reunion

May. 25, 2017—Joseph Little, M.D., ’77, BA ’72, left, and Irwin Venick, J.D., ’75, right, shown here with Robert Miller, M.D., recently spoke about their experience with the Vanderbilt Student Health Coalition, an initiative of Vanderbilt medical, nursing, law and undergraduate students that began in 1969.

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VUMC wins national recognition for employee health care focus

May. 25, 2017—The CEO Roundtable on Cancer has re-accredited Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) as a CEO Cancer Gold Standard employer for 2017 for VUMC’s efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for employees and their families.

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Vanderbilt, Ono Pharmaceutical extend drug discovery agreement

May. 25, 2017—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), Vanderbilt University and Japan-based Ono Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. have expanded a drug discovery agreement initiated in 2015 that will now run through 2019.

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Celebrating Swift

May. 25, 2017—Melanie Swift, M.D., center, is joined at a recent farewell reception in her honor by Mary Yarbrough, M.D., left, executive director of Faculty and Staff Health and Wellness, and Lori Rolando, M.D., MPH, who succeeds Swift as director of Occupational Health for Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).

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New diabetes technology clinic informs patients about innovations

May. 25, 2017—Shichun Bao, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Medicine, unclips an insulin pump smaller than a deck of cards from her waistband to glance at its digital readout — but she doesn’t actually have diabetes and the pump contains only saline.

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Study reveals role for stem cells in chronic lung diseases

May. 25, 2017—A novel population of lung stem cells plays an important role in regulating the pulmonary microvasculature — the network of tiny blood vessels where oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange takes place.

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