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Reporter Sept 19 2014

VU study reveals shared pathways in psychiatric disorders

Sep. 18, 2014—Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder share common genetic underpinnings. Vanderbilt researchers combined high-resolution gene expression studies with gene association data to reveal signaling pathways linked to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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Grant spurs lung cancer surgery research

Sep. 18, 2014—Joe B. (Bill) Putnam Jr., M.D., Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and chair of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, and colleague Felix Fernandez, M.D., assistant professor of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, have received a grant to investigate the most effective forms of surgery to treat lung cancer patients.

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Prevention key to fight familial hypercholesterolemia

Sep. 18, 2014—Imagine an inherited cause of early heart attacks that is more common than type-1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis or cystic fibrosis, but goes largely unrecognized.

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State public health award named for Schaffner

Sep. 18, 2014—The Tennessee Public Health Association and the Tennessee Medical Association are collaborating to establish the “William Schaffner, M.D., Public Health Hero Award,” to be presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary efforts in the advancement of public health in Tennessee.

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AMA meeting set to explore medical education’s evolution

Sep. 18, 2014—Vanderbilt University Medical Center will host representatives from the country’s leading medical schools next week to discuss one of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) top initiatives — accelerating change in medical education.

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Research ethics expert Lo set for Discovery Lecture

Sep. 18, 2014—Bernard Lo, M.D., president of the Greenwall Foundation and director emeritus of the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California, San Francisco, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 25.

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Photo: Discovery Lecture

Sep. 18, 2014—Richard Smith, M.D., director of the Molecular Otolaryngology and Renal Research Laboratories at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, spoke on hearing loss and personalized genetic medicine at the recent Flexner Discovery Lecture.

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Geriatric nursing association honors VUSN’s Kim

Sep. 18, 2014—Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Jennifer Kim, MSN, received the 2014 Excellence in Leadership award from the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association at the group’s recent national conference in Orlando, Florida.

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Photo: Welcome visitors

Sep. 18, 2014—The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt recently hosted the Association of Junior Leagues International Fall Leadership Conference, which featured presentations and a tour of the hospital.

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AOA Honor Medical Society elects VUSM student to board

Sep. 18, 2014—Richard Latuska, a third-year student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, was elected to the National Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society as a student director.

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Event set for survivors of childhood cancer

Sep. 18, 2014—Children with cancer and their families are invited to a special “Teammates for Survivors” event Saturday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. at the Vanderbilt Student Recreation Center, 2700 Children’s Way.

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Initiative seeks to develop therapies to combat Ebola

Sep. 18, 2014—Vanderbilt University researchers have partnered with Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. to develop new human antibody therapies for people exposed to the deadly Ebola and Marburg viruses.

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