August 13, 1999

News Briefs

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This year's Christie Scholars included (from left) Melody Knauf, Catherine Russell Linn, Erika Yamada, Erika Bono, and Emily Prough. (photo by Donna Jones Bailey)

Diabetes day

"Taking Control of Your Diabetes," an educational conference and health fair, will be held Saturday, August 14 at the Nashville Convention Center. The conference, part of an ongoing series held throughout the country, aims to motivate patients with diabetes and their loved ones to take a more active role in their health care. Through lectures, demonstrations, panel discussions, and hands-on sessions, the conference will educate participants about the latest medical advances in diabetes care. The information will enable patients to better control the disease and avoid complications like blindness, kidney disease, and nerve damage.

Topics will include tips for parents of children with diabetes, new medications to treat Type 2 diabetes, how to make the most of doctor visits, and innovative ideas about insulin injections. Participants will receive free screenings of cholesterol, lipids, and glycohemoglobin A1C – a measure of long-term blood sugar control.

Dr. Alan Graber, clinical director of Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center, and Anne Brown, clinical coordinator at the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center, are the co-directors of the Nashville Taking Control of Your Diabetes conference. The registration fee is $30 per person and $50 for two people at the door and includes a luncheon, information manual, and Diabetes Jamboree with country music star Mark Collie. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. For more information, contact the Taking Control of Your Diabetes organization at 800-998-2693 or

Alumni honor

Dr. Kathryn M. Edwards, professor of Pediatrics, was recently honored by the University of Iowa College of Medicine with school's 1999 Award for Achievement.

The award, part of the school's annual Distinguished Alumni Awards, recognizes alumni of the medical college for significant accomplishments in science and medicine.

A Williamsburg, Iowa, native, Edwards received her M.D. from the UI College of Medicine in 1973.

Award winner

Dr. Tim Katzen, chief resident in Plastic Surgery, received the Glancy Award at the recent annual meeting of the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

The award recognizes the outstanding resident-written paper at each annual meeting.

Commodore Award search

Nominees are being sought for this year's Commodore Awards.

The annual awards recognize a select number of Vanderbilt staff who demonstrate exceptional performance. Staff chosen to receive the awards will be honored at the 1999 Service Recognition ceremonies, scheduled for medical center staff on Nov. 10 and campus staff on Nov. 3.

Any member of the Vanderbilt community can submit nominations for consideration. Nominations should be sent to the Human Resource Administration Office, Box 7700 Station B.

The deadline for nominations is Sept. 10.

For more information, call 322-8322.