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Mary Jo Gilmer Archives

Therapy animals’ impact on children with cancer studied

May. 2, 2019—The sight of a dog in a therapy vest trotting down a hospital hallway or being petted by a child lying in a hospital bed is familiar to many, yet the scientific research showing the impact of therapy animals is largely anecdotal, says Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Professor Mary Jo Gilmer, PhD. Her work is changing that.

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Three from VUMC honored by NBJ for community health contributions

May. 7, 2015—Three members of the Vanderbilt community were recently named to Nashville Business Journal’s 2015 class of Health Care Heroes.

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VUMC’s Swoosh takes home ‘Top Dog’ pet therapy award

Dec. 11, 2014—A tiny Vanderbilt University Medical Center volunteer has received a giant award from a national organization.

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VUCast: Pet Partners

Jun. 10, 2014—In the latest VUCast: Learn more about the special role animals are playing for kids fighting cancer; find out how the sun could eat the Earth - and why it hasn't already; and see who you might know in our social media mashup. Watch now.

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Pet Therapy Research Aimed at Children with Cancer

Jun. 5, 2014—It’s not unusual to see dogs in a hospital setting, but is there scientific evidence that man’s best friend help’s children? Vanderbilt researchers are working to find that answer as Barb Cramer reports.                  

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Study tracks pet therapy’s impact on young patients

Jan. 30, 2014—A Vanderbilt study is investigating whether therapy dogs can have a positive effect on children undergoing chemotherapy.

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Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

Vanderbilt Medicine

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

VUMC campus

VUMC campus

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital with helipad

Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital with helipad

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