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Little evidence supports medical treatment options for adolescents with autism

Sep. 24, 2012—Despite studies that show that many adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders are being prescribed medications, there is almost no evidence to show whether these medications are helpful in this population.

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VU, Bristol-Myers to collaborate on Parkinson’s therapies

Sep. 21, 2012—Vanderbilt University and Bristol-Myers Squibb have signed a collaboration agreement for the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapies acting on the mGluR4 glutamate receptor, known as positive allosteric modulators, or PAMs, for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

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HER2 may impact lung cancer therapy

Sep. 21, 2012—A protein associated with aggressive breast cancers may also influence resistance of lung cancer to targeted therapies.

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Wellons named chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Sep. 20, 2012—The Department of Neurological Surgery has recruited John “Jay” Wellons III, M.D., MSPH, to serve as chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

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Mchaourab to lead Chemical and Physical Biology program

Sep. 20, 2012—Hassane Mchaourab, Ph.D., professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Physics and Chemistry, has been named the new director of the Ph.D.-granting Chemical and Physical Biology (CPB) program at Vanderbilt University.

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Cancer Wellness Program launches ‘Thrivership’ classes

Sep. 20, 2012—Adult cancer patients and survivors are invited to participate in Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s new Thrivership Program, which is designed to restore wellness through physical activity, enhanced nutrition, body awareness and emotional well-being.

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Schaffner lauded for epidemiology contributions

Sep. 20, 2012—William Schaffner, M.D., professor and chair of Preventive Medicine, is the 2012 recipient of the American College of Epidemiology’s Abraham Lilienfeld Award, in recognition of his contributions and leadership in the discipline of epidemiology.

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Discovery Lecture set to focus on mechanisms of fear

Sep. 20, 2012—Psychiatrist and fear researcher Kerry Ressler, M.D., Ph.D., will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 27.

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Photo: Signing up

Sep. 20, 2012—LaManda Watson, left, receives a Team Vanderbilt T-shirt from Elizabeth Wilson for participating in the Fall Cancer Walks signup event held recently.  Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is sponsoring at least eight cancer walks this fall. For more information and to register online, visit www.viccfallwalks.org.

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VUSM students land Heart Association scholarships

Sep. 20, 2012—Two Vanderbilt University School of Medicine students have been selected to receive the American Heart Association’s Student Scholarship in Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke.

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Transplant Center programs honored for strong outcomes

Sep. 20, 2012—Three Vanderbilt Transplant Center programs were recently recognized for having high-performing outcomes by the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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VKC creates training video for legal field

Sep. 20, 2012—The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center has partnered with the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission and the Disability Law and Advocacy Center of Tennessee to develop a training video that will help attorneys and legal agencies work with people with disabilities.

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Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

The first few minutes of Charlie’s life were a blur, as a team of doctors and nurses at VUMC worked to resuscitate him and stabilize his heart rate. He was then transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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The first few minutes of Charlie’s life were a blur, as a team of doctors and nurses at VUMC worked to resuscitate him and stabilize his heart rate. He was then transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Tucked away in a Vanderbilt conference room, 36 adults huddle over Lego pieces. Eleven teams have been assigned to assemble multicolored Legos using the written directions included in the packet. The result should be a Frankenstein figure.

Vanderbilt Nurse

Tucked away in a Vanderbilt conference room, 36 adults huddle over Lego pieces. Eleven teams have been assigned to assemble multicolored Legos using the written directions included in the packet. The result should be a Frankenstein figure.

Marissa Benchea has CF, and she is one of hundreds of thousands of adults not only surviving but thriving with a chronic childhood disease.

Vanderbilt Medicine

Marissa Benchea has CF, and she is one of hundreds of thousands of adults not only surviving but thriving with a chronic childhood disease.

One hundred years ago, multiple “waves” of a deadly flu swept across the world.

Vanderbilt Medicine

One hundred years ago, multiple “waves” of a deadly flu swept across the world.

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