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Reporter May 5 2017

Faculty meeting highlights VUMC’s achievements, goals

May. 4, 2017—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is known for world-renowned research, national leadership in training health care professionals and for the most cutting-edge medical care for complex conditions.

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Protocol shortens hospital stays for back surgery patients

May. 4, 2017—Patients undergoing lower back surgeries had shorter hospital stays and fewer complications after a team at the Vanderbilt Spine Institute identified best practices for perioperative care and implemented them under a standardized protocol.

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Gregory to co-chair next week’s Iroquois Steeplechase

May. 4, 2017—Luke Gregory, Chief Executive Officer of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, will serve as honorary co-chair for the 2017 Iroquois Steeplechase.

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Awards honor contributions, skills of VUMC research staff

May. 4, 2017—Laboratory and administrative personnel at Vanderbilt University Medical Center were honored last week for research excellence during the 13th annual Research Staff Awards luncheon at the University Club.

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New test rapidly identifies cause of blood infections

May. 4, 2017—Last month, Vanderbilt Clinical Laboratories introduced rapid molecular diagnostic testing to more quickly identify microorganisms that may be causing a patient’s bloodstream infection, along with the organism’s susceptibility to drugs.

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Study finds male infants at increased risk for NAS

May. 4, 2017—Male infants are more likely at birth than their female counterparts to be diagnosed with drug withdrawal symptoms, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), and to require treatment, according to a new Vanderbilt study published in Hospital Pediatrics.

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Study seeks to reverse precancerous stomach lesions

May. 4, 2017—Vanderbilt University Medical Center cancer researcher James Goldenring, M.D., Ph.D., has received a two-year, $200,000 grant from the DeGregorio Family Foundation in Pleasantville, New York, to begin clinical trials of a potential approach for reversing precancerous stomach lesions.

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Shade Tree Trot 2017

May. 4, 2017—This year’s Shade Tree Trot, held April 22, and benefit dinner raised a record amount — $76,000. Approximately 550 runners and walkers registered for the ninth annual 5K race on the Vanderbilt campus organized by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine students.

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New cell model to help test reproductive disease therapies

May. 4, 2017—Kevin Osteen, Ph.D., Pierre Soupart Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology, and his team at the Women’s Reproductive Health Research Center have developed a three-dimensional organ-on-a-chip cell model that mimics the endometrial lining of the uterus in an effort to test therapeutic interventions for reproductive diseases.

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Lovly elected to American Society for Clinical Investigation

May. 4, 2017—Christine Lovly, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Medicine and Cancer Biology at Vanderbilt, has been elected to The American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI).

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Three faculty members elected to Association of American Physicians

May. 4, 2017—The Association of American Physicians (AAP) is an honorary medical society founded in 1885 by Sir William Osler and six other physicians for “the advancement of scientific and practical medicine.” This year, 60 additional physician scientists were elected to the association, including three Vanderbilt faculty members.

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Reba pays a visit

May. 4, 2017—Recording artist Reba McEntire made a special appearance at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt on April 27 to visit with patients and families.

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