October 2023

Kidney disease gene also has a protective mutation

African Americans have long been known to be at increased risk of kidney disease due to a dangerous genetic mutation that creates a hole in the kidney cells, but Vanderbilt researchers have now discovered a protective genetic mutation that covers the hole to eliminate the risk.

Jane Case named associate vice chair for Advanced Practice for the Department of Medicine

Jane Case, DNP, APRN-BC, has been named associate vice chair for Advanced Practice for the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Flulapalooza 2023

This year, 10,603 faculty, staff, postdoc scholars and students were vaccinated at VUMC’s Flulapalooza event.

The anniversary celebrations included the unveiling of a portrait of Frank Harrell, phD, second from left, here with Jennifer Pietenpol, PhD, Gordon Bernard, MD, and Yu Shyr, PhD. (photo by Susan Urmy)

VUMC’s Department of Biostatistics marks 20 years

Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Biostatistics recently marked its 20th anniversary with a half-day symposium and research poster session.

The study team included, from left, Paula Gonzalez-Ericsson, MD, Xiaopeng Sun, Justin Balko, PharmD, PhD, and Brandie Taylor, MS. (photo by Donn Jones)

Vulnerability found in immunotherapy-resistant triple-negative breast cancer

Vanderbilt researchers have discovered a druggable target on natural killer cells that could potentially trigger a therapeutic response in patients with immunotherapy-resistant, triple-negative breast cancer.

New directorship holder are: (front row, from left) Jonathan Soslow, MD, MSCI; Jill Simmons, MD; Lori Jordan, MD, PhD; Janice Law, MD; Angela Jefferson, PhD; Carrie Menser, MD; Muktar Aliyu, MBBS, DrPH, MPH; Tracy Frech, MD, MSCI; Peter Embí, MD, MS, (back row, from left) Meredith Pugh, MD, MSCI; Stephen Patrick, MD, MPH, MS; Harvey Murff, MD, MPH; John Graves, PhD; Paul Sternberg Jr., MD; Joshua Robinson, OD; Fabien Maldonado, MD, MSc; Jonathan Brown, MD; Lori Ann Kehler, OD; and Julie Lounds Taylor, PhD. (photo by Donn Jones)

Directorships honor leaders, philanthropic partners

Nineteen leaders have been named as holders of directorships at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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