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Reporter Nov 13 2015

Fighting type 2 diabetes with FGF1

Nov. 18, 2015—The growth factor FGF1 induces the growth of new insulin-producing beta cells and may help treat type 2 diabetes.

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Children, heart disease, and IQ

Nov. 16, 2015—Treatment for congenital heart disease during infancy may result in cognitive and attentional deficits during adolescence and young adulthood, Vanderbilt researchers have found.

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Computer extracts cancer stage

Nov. 13, 2015—Vanderbilt investigators developed a computerized natural language processing algorithm to extract cancer stages from electronic medical records.

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Immune system a must for kidney repair

Nov. 12, 2015—A signaling protein that is essential for recovery from acute kidney injury works by increasing the population of tissue-repairing immune cells.

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Ayers Institute spurred key cancer research gains

Nov. 12, 2015—In 2005, Tennessee philanthropists Jim and Janet Ayers gave $10 million to help Vanderbilt University scientists find early markers for colorectal cancer that could improve diagnosis and potentially save lives.

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Schools of Nursing, Medicine create new LGBT health course

Nov. 12, 2015—The needs and nuances of providing health care to members of the LGBT community is the focus of a new course jointly offered by the Vanderbilt Schools of Nursing and Medicine.

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VUMC’s Baganz honored by Society for Neuroscience

Nov. 12, 2015—For her contributions to public communication, outreach and education about neuroscience, Nicole Baganz, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in Pharmacology, received the 2015 Next Generation Award from the Society for Neuroscience.

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Vanderbilt Prize winner Lindquist set for Discovery Lecture

Nov. 12, 2015—Susan Lindquist, Ph.D., recipient of the 2014 Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science, will deliver her Vanderbilt Prize Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 19.

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Wheeler’s contributions to critical care lauded

Nov. 12, 2015—Arthur Wheeler, M.D., professor of Medicine, received the 2015 Presidential Honor Lecture Award last month from the American College of Chest Physicians during the college’s international meeting in Montreal.

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Schaffner honored for public health contributions

Nov. 12, 2015—William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, is this year’s recipient of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 2015 John Snow Award, a longstanding award given in recognition of “enduring contributions to public health through epidemiologic methods and practice.”

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Harris to lead American Society of Nephrology

Nov. 12, 2015—Ray Harris, M.D., has been elected president of the American Society of Nephrology during the society’s annual meeting, ASN Kidney Week 2015, in San Diego.

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VUMC’s Morrison named president of American Orthoptic Council

Nov. 12, 2015—David Morrison, M.D., associate professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt, is the new president of the American Orthoptic Council (AOC). He will serve a two-year term.

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