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Macular Degeneration Gene Discovery Could Halt Vision Loss in Older Americans

Mar. 10, 2005— Investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Duke University Medical Center have identified the first major gene that increases a person‘s risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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Obesity Surgery Study to Remove “Hidden Fat” May Alleviate Type 2 Diabetes

Mar. 10, 2005— Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are looking beyond waistlines and into the role visceral fat plays in type 2 diabetes.

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New Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science to house one of the world‘s most powerful research magnets in $26.7 million facility

Feb. 28, 2005— Construction will begin next month on a four-floor, state-of-the-art facility in the old emergency room parking lot between the A and B wings of Medical Center North that will house the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS).

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Vanderbilt Brain Institute Hosts Brain Awareness Month 2005

Feb. 23, 2005— Brain Awareness Month is a series of events during March aimed at teaching the public about the importance of brain research to understanding, treating, and ultimately curing brain-related diseases.

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New scholarships at the Vanderbilt School of Nursing available for pediatric nursing students

Feb. 17, 2005— Students interested in pursuing a degree in nursing from Vanderbilt, but who are concerned about financial obstacles, could get a big boost thanks to a grant from the Christy-Houston Foundation.

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First-time surgery may save newborn from bowel transplant

Feb. 16, 2005— The newborn baby of a Fort Campbell soldier family has become the first to receive a new type of surgery at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children‘s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Vanderbilt School of Medicine announces new chair and Institute for Global Health

Feb. 15, 2005— Sten Vermund, M.D., Ph.D., has been named the first Amos Christie Chair in Global Health and director of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine‘s Institute for Global Health. He will assume the role effective July 1.

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Expert on family dynamics to speak at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Feb. 15, 2005— What changes does a family go through when one of its members has a disability? Marsha Seltzer, Vaughn Bascom Professor of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will discuss her research on this topic at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development Thursday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m.

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Vanderbilt School of Nursing‘s School Health Clinic helping school children fight obesity

Feb. 15, 2005— Childhood obesity in Tennessee is a growing concern. Research shows about 10 percent of children ages 2-5 and 15 percent of children ages 6-19 are obese, and the percentages have more than doubled in the last two decades. Experts at Vanderbilt say Tennessee‘s numbers match those national statistics.

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VUMC implants state‘s first patient with a “Sentry” heart failure monitor

Feb. 11, 2005— Vanderbilt University Medical Center is the first hospital in the state, and one of the first 20 in the world, to employ a novel cardiac monitoring device implanted into the patient that can predict the need for hospitalization of heart failure patients up to two weeks in advance.

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Experts in learning disabilities to speak at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Feb. 8, 2005— New findings on how best to identify students with learning disabilities will be presented by Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development members Donald Compton, Doug Fuchs and Lynn Fuchs on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.

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Sibling gender dynamics expert to speak at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Feb. 1, 2005— How do children‘s relationships with siblings affect their overall social development? Family researcher Susan McHale, professor of human development at Pennsylvania State University, will discuss her research on the impact of sibling relationships on family dynamics at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development Thursday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m.

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