June 17, 2022

VUMC in the news, June 21, 2022

A roundup of a few recent stories from the press about Vanderbilt University Medical Center:

William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine, continues to be one of the most in-demand sources about monkeypox, COVID-19, influenza and other subjects in the news. Among the news organizations he has spoken with recently: Healthline, Associated Press, CNN, Prevention, Salon, American Public Media’s “Marketplace,” and The Washington Post.

Wesley Ely, MD, Grant W. Liddle Professor of Medicine, was quoted by Time in a story about long COVID patients having suicidal thoughts.

NPR reporter Greg Allen interviewed Kathryn Edwards, MD, scientific director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, for a story about Florida’s decision not to order vaccine for children under 5 due to efficacy.

Buddy Creech, MD, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, was quoted by Bloomberg and ABC News in stories about COVID vaccines.

Stokes Peebles, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, was interviewed by Sports Illustrated website writer, John Glennon, to speak about asthma, its symptoms and how athletes with asthma can manage their condition. The story is about Titans player Treylon Burks, who has asthma.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation interviewed Daniel Gustavson, PhD, research assistant professor, for a story about the Nature Human Behaviour study that is the first large-scale genome-wide association study of a musical trait, laying novel groundwork toward understanding the biology underlying how musicality relates to other health traits. Its headline is “Can’t dance? Here’s why you can blame your parents for that.” ABC Radio Sydney senior producer Steve Turner and New Zealand’s AM on Three producer Sinelle Fernandez interviewed Reyna Gordon, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and co-director of the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab, for stories about the same study.

Coming attraction:

NPT’s “Aging Matters: Aging with Pride” will premiere at 9 p.m. Monday, June 20, followed at 9:30 p.m. by the premiere of “LGBTQIA+ Resources in Middle Tennessee,” a panel discussion with Del Ray Zimmerman, director of the Program for LGBTQ Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Gretchen Funk, chief program officer at FiftyForward; the Rev. Dawn Bennett, pastor developer at The Table; and Olivia Hill, a community leader. David Plazas, director of opinion and engagement at The Tennessean, moderates the discussion. Bennet, Hill and Zimmerman also appear in the Aging with Pride documentary.

Additional broadcast times for “Aging Matters: Aging with Pride” on NPT are Wednesday, June 22, at 12:30 a.m.; Sunday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m.; and Friday, July 1, at 12:30 a.m. The “LGBTQIA+ Resources in Middle Tennessee” panel will re-air Wednesday, June 22, at 1 a.m. and Sunday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m.