News Releases

Recent and archived press releases with clinical and research news

Obesity-cancer connection discovery suggests strategies for improving immunotherapy 

The study reported in the journal Nature provides a mechanistic explanation for the “obesity paradox” — that obesity can contribute to cancer progression but also improve response to immunotherapy.

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s clinicians will staff the Cancer Center at Cookeville Regional Medical Center

Through this agreement Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and advanced practice nurses will be Cookeville Regional’s exclusive providers of cancer services.

Stephen Purcell

It’s been 16 years since sweet-spot brain stimulation slowed Parkinson’s progression for Hermitage man

In 2008 at VUMC there were a group of doctors trying something unheard of on a handful of patients who signed up for their study. Half would receive deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery in attempt to slow the progression of their early-stage Parkinson’s disease, and the others would not.

Antibodies may aid effort to fight influenza B: study

The findings reported in the journal Immunity support the development of a monoclonal antibody for prevention and treatment of influenza B — and will help guide efforts to develop a universal influenza vaccine.

NIH awards $4.2 million for AI patient assessment

Tkaczyk and collaborators will assemble a database of more than 11,000 photographs and associated clinical information from diverse patient populations at five centers: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, NIH, University of Pennsylvania and VUMC.

Neil Jess, BSN, RN, CNOR, and Pearl-Cohn High School student Aries Beck.

Nurses mentor Pearl-Cohn High School students considering health care professions

The mentorship program — a partnership between VUMC’s Nurse Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and Metro Nashville Public Schools — has enabled staff nurses to empower students eyeing nursing and health care professions. Aries Beck wants to be a neurologist.

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