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Reporter Oct 26 2012

Wiesner to lead new hereditary cancer program

Oct. 25, 2012—Georgia Wiesner, M.D., M.S., has joined Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) as professor of Medicine and director of the newly created Clinical and Translational Hereditary Cancer Program.

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Combined drug therapy may delay melanoma progression

Oct. 25, 2012—Combination therapy with two drugs delayed the development of treatment resistance in patients with metastatic melanoma that expresses a specific mutation in the BRAF gene.

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Hamm’s research honored by Dutch pharmacology society

Oct. 25, 2012—Heidi Hamm, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Pharmacology, has won the 2012 Ariens Award from the Dutch Pharmacological Society.

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Project targets sickle cell disease in Nigeria

Oct. 25, 2012—Researchers from the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano, Nigeria, will work on a collaborative project to study a sickle cell disease treatment for children in Nigeria.

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Nurses group names VUMC top employer

Oct. 25, 2012—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been named the Employer of the Year for 2012 by the Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA).

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Nurses’ investigative efforts highlighted at Research Day

Oct. 25, 2012—A bright spotlight shone on nursing research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center during the Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research Committee’s annual Research Day on Oct. 17.

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New tool speeds medical record documentation

Oct. 25, 2012—The less time nurses and staff spend documenting their work in the medical record, the more time they can spend with patients.

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Former pro golfer, burn patient makes return visit to Vanderbilt

Oct. 25, 2012—Former pro golfer Cathy Gerring returned to Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently for the first time since she was hospitalized here after being badly burned in a golf tournament more than 20 years ago.

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Credit Union to debut renovated space Nov. 5

Oct. 25, 2012—The Vanderbilt University Credit Union will move back to its redesigned and renovated offices at 107 Oxford House, opening for business on Monday, Nov. 5.

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Special lenses help restore physician’s fading vision

Oct. 25, 2012—Camiron Pfennig, M.D., still fondly remembers performing her first operation. The then 5-year-old aptly used the brightly colored, chunky plastic tools from her Fisher Price doctor’s kit to extend the life of her beloved stuffed animals and dolls.

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Initiative set to improve patient transitions

Oct. 25, 2012—Vanderbilt University Medical Center will undertake sweeping changes to ensure smoother, more tightly coordinated transitions from the hospital to each patient’s home or other post-acute care setting.

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HIV/AIDS-related efforts in Africa get $7 million boost

Oct. 25, 2012—Vanderbilt University has received a major federal grant — just more than $7 million in the first year — to extend HIV/AIDS-related technical assistance and training in the rural province of Zambézia, Mozambique.

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