May 3, 2002

News Briefs

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Lalaine, one of the characters in the Disney Channel show "Lizzie McGuire," gets a hug from patient Angela Ebosele during a recent visit to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Researchers receive awards

The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) has awarded prestigious Young Investigator grants to five VUMC researchers. Dr. Aygun Ertugrul, clinical fellow in Psychiatry, James Fadel, Ph.D., research fellow in Psychiatry, Keith Henry, Ph.D., research fellow in Pharmacology, Zhu Li, Ph.D., research fellow in Psychiatry, and Danny Winder, Ph.D., assistant professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, will use the NARSAD grants to conduct neurobiological and psychiatric research. NARSAD is the largest donor-supported organization funding brain research worldwide.

Heart study needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed for a FDA-approved heart medication study. Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 40 and in good health.

Participation involves two study days (no nights) at the Clinical Research Center and two weeks of eating special meals prepared by the center.

Study days include electrocardiograms and blood sampling, administration of drugs, and treadmill exercise.

Study volunteers will be reimbursed for participation.

For more information contact Kris Norris, R.N., at 936-1131 at the Clinical Research Center.

Labor information available on Web in June

Web Access to Labor Information is a joint project of Human Resource Services, Management Information Systems, and Financial Information Systems to improve access to labor information, such as labor distribution hours, labor distribution earnings, and fringe benefit expenses.

The information is scheduled to be available on the Web by June 3, said Mary Lange, project manager in the office of Accounting. E-password and security approval are required to access the Web application. For more e-password information, see

“Web Access to Labor Information continues Vanderbilt’s commitment to make financial management more efficient,” Lange said.

“At the beginning of the project, our team interviewed 60 end users to identify their needs related to labor reporting and analysis. We have provided the end users what they asked for by developing Web access to labor information. This application provides a tool that allows for fast and secure reporting and analysis of labor information.”

Web access to general ledger data (eDog), that was made available in January 2001, was the first step toward online access to data, she said.

Those who anticipate using Web Access to Labor Information are encouraged to attend an open forum to learn more. The one-hour forums are scheduled:

• Thursday, May 30, 9:30 a.m., 202 Light Hall

• Tuesday, June 4, 10 a.m., Sarratt Cinema

• Wednesday, June 12, 1:30 p.m., 208 Light Hall

To find out more about Web Access to Labor Information, e-mail

Volunteers needed for research study

Volunteers are needed for a research study on the effects of menopause on prostacyclin formation. The study requires one urine sample only. Subjects should be on no medications.

Contact research coordinators Barbara Roberts, RN, or Kathy Steinson, RN, at 936-1945 or 936-2165 for more information.