Reporter March 22 2019

Small vessel disease MRI marker linked to worse cognitive health in older adults

Enlarged perivascular spaces, which are commonly seen on brain MRIs in older adults, have important associations with worse cognitive performance, particularly information processing speed and executive function, according to a new study that challenges historical consideration that perivascular spaces are a harmless imaging marker.

Pediatric HIV researcher Carlucci discusses work in Mozambique

When James Carlucci, MD, MPH, instructor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, is in Nashville he treats children at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. When he’s on one of the several trips he takes each year to Mozambique, he’s trying to understand when and why HIV-exposed infants fall out of care — and how to change it.

A Population Health Pharmacy Team at Vanderbilt Health is piloting a program that decreases medication errors after hospital discharge. Seated, from left are, Michelle Griffith, MD; Erin Neal, PharmD, MMHC; Jennifer Booker, LCSW; and Janet Campbell, RN, BSN. Standing, from left, are Gary Owen, PharmD, MPH; Megan Monroe, PharmD; Chris Terry, PharmD, CDE; and Cate Mart, LMSW.

Pharmacy team seeks to reduce medication errors during care transition

Medication errors are a safety concern during transitions in care, such as when a patient is released from a hospital to return home. Because of this, a Population Health Pharmacy team is piloting a program to improve continuity of care.

Project seeks to ease confusion about advance directives

While Vanderbilt University School of Medicine student Jon Alverio was on rotation with the Vanderbilt Health Palliative Care team, he witnessed the confusion patients often have as they try to complete an advance directive for health care, and he decided to do something about it.

Telemedicine, School-Based Psychiatry programs increase access to care

Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s School-Based Psychiatry Program is now offering telemedicine services for children and families who may have barriers to accessing appointments with a practitioner through traditional clinics.

Cross named to Beryl Institute’s Pediatric Advisory Council

Janet Cross, MEd, administrative director of Patient- and Family-Centered Care at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, has been named a member of the inaugural Pediatric Advisory Council for the Beryl Institute.