January 10, 2003

News Briefs

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Dr. Raymond DuBois is internationally known as an investigator in the link between colon cancer, arthritis drugs and an enzyme called cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). (photo by Dean Dixon)

Employees can receive TPAC discounts

Vanderbilt employees are eligible for a 20 percent discount for the upcoming Broadway series show “Aida” at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. The special discounted shows are Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets log on to www.broadwayacrossamerica.com/groupsales and use the password, vandytix. Tickets must be purchased no later than Jan. 21 and will be mailed to your home.

$50,000 available for researchers of mental illnesses

The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) is calling for applications for its annual Independent Investigator Award Program. This year’s program offers up to $50,000 a year for two years and is intended for scientists at the associate professor level who have won national competitive support – such as NIH, NSF, or foundation support – as principal investigators.

The Independent Investigator Award is designed to facilitate innovative research opportunities, rather than supplement funding for ongoing work, and supports both basic and clinical investigators. Research must be relevant to schizophrenia, major affective disorders, or other serious mental illnesses, including research into bipolar disorders, borderline disorders with depression and suicide, and research with children.

NARSAD is the largest non-government, donor-supported organization that distributes funds for brain disorder research. Last year, 174 applications were received and 46 grants were awarded. Applications will be accepted through March 5. For more information, or for examples of funded research, visit the NARSAD Web site at www.narsad.org or call Terri Ray of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute at 2-3532.

Mumford named Admitting Director

Jim Mumford has been named Admitting Department Director. Mumford comes to Vanderbilt from Ohio where he was an administrator for Select Medical Corporation, which operates specialty hospitals and outpatient facilities.

Mumford has experience in billing, collections and contracting as well as in daily operations of physician practices and hospitals. His first day will be Monday, Jan. 20.