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Green tea for failing hearts?

Nov. 16, 2012—The main antioxidant compound in green tea increases contractile force in isolated heart cells, suggesting it may be useful in heart failure.

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Lorenzi lands biomedical informatics excellence award

Nov. 15, 2012—Nancy Lorenzi, Ph.D., assistant vice chancellor for Health Affairs and professor of Biomedical Informatics, has received the Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence, internationally recognized as the capstone award in biomedical informatics.

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Heart Association honors Roden’s research efforts

Nov. 15, 2012—Dan Roden, M.D., assistant vice chancellor for Personalized Medicine and William Stokes Professor of Experimental Therapeutics, received a 2012 Distinguished Scientist Award at the annual Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association (AHA) last week in Los Angeles.

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Noted neuroscientist Sur set to deliver Discovery Lecture

Nov. 15, 2012—Mriganka Sur, Ph.D., will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 29.

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Advanced heart failure care now offered in Columbia

Nov. 15, 2012—Under the direction of cardiologist Rebecca Hung, M.D., Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute is offering advanced heart failure services at its Columbia, Tenn., office.

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American Board of Thoracic Surgery honors two from VU

Nov. 15, 2012—The American Board of Thoracic Surgery has elected two Vanderbilt surgeons to its 17-member board of directors.

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Weinger elected fellow of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Nov. 15, 2012—Matthew Weinger, M.D., professor of Anesthesiology, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, has been elected a fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in recognition of his achievements and contributions to the society.

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Photo: Conte Center Symposium

Nov. 15, 2012—Randy Blakely, Ph.D., left, shares a laugh with Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele, M.D., and Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., at the fifth annual Conte Center Symposium, held recently in the Vanderbilt Law School’s Flynn Auditorium. Entitled “The Younger Games: Serotonin Science Comes of Age,” the symposium featured presentations by an international group of researchers.

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Nursing School keeps military ties strong

Nov. 15, 2012—Vanderbilt University School of Nursing honored students, faculty and staff during a special Veterans Day celebration this week.

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Cardiology conference set for Jamaica

Nov. 15, 2012—The International Cardiovascular Scholars Exchange program, sponsored by Vanderbilt’s Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, is co-hosting the inaugural Advances in Cardiovascular Care Conference, which has adopted the theme “Hearts of Legends: Extending the Heart Beat of Jamaica.”

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Grant to bolster care of ventilated ICU patients

Nov. 15, 2012—Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators have received a $2.8 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to continue studying ways to improve sedation management for intensive care unit patients who are on mechanical ventilators.

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Study tracks antioxidants’ role in prostate tumor growth

Nov. 15, 2012—Antioxidants promote cell growth in a mouse model of prostate cancer, Vanderbilt researchers report in the journal PLoS ONE. The findings provide insight into the recent controversy regarding antioxidants and prostate cancer prevention.

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