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Reporter Dec 21 2018

Hundreds of new blood pressure gene variations discovered

Dec. 31, 2018—  by Bill Snyder In one of the largest studies of its kind, an international research team led by 20 Vanderbilt University scientists has discovered more than 200 new genetic variations associated with high blood pressure. The study, published December 21 by the journal Nature Genetics, also identified specific tissues where blood pressure genes exert...

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2018 a year of growth, achievement for VUMC

Dec. 20, 2018—The following is a roundup of the news that made headlines at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2018.

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VUMC again featured in multiple national rankings

Dec. 20, 2018—Vanderbilt University Medical Center placed highly in several national rankings, including the various rankings conducted by U.S. News and World Report during the past year.

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Additions, appointments strengthen Medical Center

Dec. 20, 2018—Zeena M. Abdulahad, joined VUMC on Sept. 1 as Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer. She is responsible for creating a multi-year development plan that will help fund the Medical Center’s strategic priorities.   Matthew Bacchetta, MD, MBA, MA, joined the Department of Thoracic Surgery as an associate professor and the surgical director of...

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Study uses IT to prevent early childhood obesity

Dec. 20, 2018—A research team led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Russell Rothman, MD, MPP, has been approved for a $7 million research funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to conduct a randomized, multi-center trial comparing clinic and consumer information technology approaches to promote healthy behaviors and prevent early childhood obesity.

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Lindsley named fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Dec. 20, 2018—Craig Lindsley, PhD, co-director of the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery (VCNDD), has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

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New monthly record achieved for transplants performed at VUMC

Dec. 20, 2018—The Vanderbilt Transplant Center transplanted 63 patients in October, setting a Medical Center record for the most ever in a month.

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Cirpili returns as CNO for Psychiatric Hospital

Dec. 20, 2018—Avni Cirpili, DNP, RN, has returned as Chief Nursing Officer for Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH) and Vanderbilt Behavioral Health (VBH) after nearly three years as senior vice president and chief nursing officer at the Menninger Clinic in Houston.

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Harris appointed co-chair of ASN’s Kidney Health Initiative

Dec. 20, 2018—Raymond Harris, MD, Ann and Roscoe R. Robinson Professor of Nephrology and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Kidney Disease, has been appointed co-chair of the American Society of Nephrology’s (ASN) Kidney Health Initiative (KHI).

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Seven named as fellows of Medical Informatics Association

Dec. 20, 2018—Seven Vanderbilt University Medical Center employees are among an inaugural group of 130 fellows of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

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Holiday cheer

Dec. 20, 2018—Nashville Predators hockey players recently made their annual holiday visit with patients and families at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Sign of the season

Dec. 20, 2018—Santa made a visit to Seacrest Studio at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Tuesday.

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