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DBMI program for undergrads receives grant renewal from NSF

Apr. 15, 2021—The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a three-year grant renewal for Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program for Access to Training in Health Informatics (REU-PATHI).

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Self-care program for acute heart failure patients studied as standard practice

Apr. 15, 2021—Up to 25% of patients with acute heart failure (AHF) face mortality or hospital readmission within one month after being treated in the emergency department (ED).

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Arrhythmia culprit: supertrafficking ion channel

Apr. 15, 2021—Charles Sanders, PhD, and colleagues show how a “supertrafficking” mutant potassium channel contributes to heart rhythm abnormalities.

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Health care equity focus of tech design challenge

Apr. 15, 2021—A proposal titled “Capture of Smoking History in EHR for Assessment of Lung Cancer Screening Eligibility” has won the inaugural VCLIC Design Challenge, sponsored by the Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center (VCLIC).

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VUMC offers new program for undiagnosed diseases

Apr. 15, 2021—Vanderbilt University Medical Center, an original member institution of the National Institutes of Health’s Undiagnosed Diseases Network, (UDN) is launching its own program, the Vanderbilt Undiagnosed Diseases Program (VUDP), which will operate alongside the UDN. The VUDP goal is to expand services to many more patients who are living with the often-dire consequences of an undiagnosed disease.

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Team analyzed clinical notes to identify COVID symptoms

Apr. 15, 2021—At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health authorities first had to identify and draw attention to common signs and symptoms of the disease.

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Vanderbilt’s Clair receives Harvard Medal for “extraordinary service”

Apr. 15, 2021—Walter Clair, MD, MPH, who earned his bachelor’s degree, medical degree and Master of Public Health from Harvard University, is one three 2021 recipients of Harvard University’s highest honor, the Harvard Medal.

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Healthcare Alliance of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Employee Resource Group event to feature story sharing

Apr. 14, 2021—The HAAPI: Healthcare Alliance of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is hosting HAAPI Voices, a virtual cultural story-sharing event on Thursday, April 22, from 11a.m.-12:30 p.m. Everyone within the VUMC community is invited to join this celebration of cultural identities and backgrounds.

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Five land ASCI Young Physician-Scientist Awards

Apr. 14, 2021—Five Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty members have received Young Physician-Scientist Awards from the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), an elite honor society of physician-scientists.

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Rodes and Patricia Hart establish second chair in Department of Urology

Apr. 14, 2021—H. Rodes Hart, BA’54, and Patricia Ingram Hart, BA’57, whose generous gifts continue to advance the mission of Vanderbilt as one of the world’s great universities for learning and discovery, have endowed a second chair in Urologic Surgery.

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Weight Loss Center at VWCH helps expand bariatric surgery options

Apr. 13, 2021—In May 2020, dangerously high blood pressure put 44-year-old Kristian Wernet in the hospital, a tipping point that led him to become one of the first individuals to have gastric bypass surgery at Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital (VWCH) as a patient of the new Vanderbilt Weight Loss Center in Lebanon, Tennessee.

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VUMC team’s COVID-19 research featured on “60 Minutes”

Apr. 12, 2021—James Crowe, MD, and members of his lab at Vanderbilt University Medical Center who have pioneered rapid development of monoclonal antibody treatments for life-threatening viral diseases including COVID-19, were featured Sunday on a CBS News 60 Minutes segment titled “The Last Pandemic.”

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