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Rounds: Hard conversations

Sep. 22, 2021—Difficult conversations are a hallmark of medicine. Patients and their families rely on us to share the facts about their illnesses that are sometimes hard to hear. While many clinicians begin to do this while training, our effectiveness in these conversations develops throughout a career. Telling a young mother she has an aggressive cancer or...

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Kannankeril named inaugural holder of the Richard B. Johnston Jr., MD, Chair in Pediatric Research, Cardiology

Sep. 22, 2021—Prince Kannankeril, MD, MSCI, has been appointed inaugural holder of the Richard B. Johnston Jr. MD, Chair in Pediatric Research, Cardiology, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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“Ultra-potent” antibody against COVID-19 variants isolated at VUMC

Sep. 22, 2021—A technology developed at Vanderbilt has led to the discovery of an “ultra-potent” monoclonal antibody against multiple variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, including the delta variant.

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Proper car seat use a life-saving practice

Sep. 21, 2021—safety experts at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt offer tips on proper car seat use to help keep children safe.

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The role of polarity in early cancer

Sep. 21, 2021—Mutations in the protein epiregulin, an EGF receptor ligand, affect larger epithelial cell reorganization and may contribute to early cancer development, Vanderbilt researchers discovered.

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Brain circuits in schizophrenia

Sep. 20, 2021—Vanderbilt psychiatrists are probing brain circuit hyperactivity implicated in schizophrenia, with the idea that normalizing the hyperactivity may improve cognitive processes.

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Grant creates center for maternal, pediatric precision therapeutics

Sep. 17, 2021—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been awarded a five-year, $6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to serve as a center of excellence for Maternal and Pediatric Precision in Therapeutics.

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Indiana University’s Embí named chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics

Sep. 16, 2021—Peter Embí, MD, MS, President and Chief Executive Officer for the Regenstrief Institute Inc., and professor of Medicine and Biostatistics & Health Data Science at the Indiana University School of Medicine, has been named as the new chair of Vanderbilt's Department of Biomedical Informatics.

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Structural variants in breast cancer risk genes

Sep. 16, 2021—Vanderbilt epidemiologists conducted in-depth whole genome sequencing of breast cancer risk genes in Black women, who die at higher rates and have more aggressive disease, to discover mutations that may improve testing and treatment selection.

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VHAN Care Management Team aids patients and families throughout Tennessee

Sep. 16, 2021—The Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network Care Management Team is helping patients across Tennessee navigate a broad and complex health care landscape.

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VUMC team to test personalized acute heart failure treatment

Sep. 16, 2021—Researchers at Vanderbilt have been awarded a five-year, $4 million federal grant to test whether a personalized medicine strategy will improve outcomes for patients hospitalized with acute heart failure.

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Chung receives early investigator award from ASCPT

Sep. 16, 2021—Vanderbilt's Cecilia Chung, MD, MPH, has received the 2022 Leon I. Goldberg Early Investigator Award from the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT).

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