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Pioneers of Discovery: Investigator driven to divine cellular ecosystem’s rulebook

Oct. 31, 2013—Ken Lau, Ph.D., a new assistant professor in Cell and Developmental Biology, is out to determine the rules that lead to cells converting from one type to another, for example, when a healthy cell becomes a cancer cell.

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VU ‘crosslinks’ study sheds light on chemical toxicity

Oct. 31, 2013—Vanderbilt researchers have characterized the chemical structures of a series of DNA-protein “crosslinks” that may lead to better ways to avoid the cancer-causing potential of environmental chemicals and prevent some drug toxicities.

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Surprising find displays parking valet’s integrity

Oct. 31, 2013—Vanderbilt University Medical Center valet parking attendant Derege Degene was on a normal run to the garage when he spotted an envelope on the Medical Center Drive sidewalk. He could tell there was something inside and took a peek.

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Fisk, VU planning novel academic bridge program

Oct. 31, 2013—Fisk University and Vanderbilt University have begun planning for a novel academic bridge program comprising a three-year accelerated Fisk undergraduate degree, weighted toward courses in natural science, mathematics or computer science, followed by a computer science master’s degree from Fisk, bridging to a Biomedical Informatics Ph.D. from Vanderbilt.

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Penn named to vision group’s scientific advisory panel

Oct. 31, 2013—John Penn, Ph.D., vice chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt, has been named to the Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Scientific Advisory Panel.

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Whetsell helps Nashville Opera production’s medical accuracy

Oct. 31, 2013—Two of Nashville biggest industries — music and health care — come together in the Nashville Opera’s upcoming production of “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” based on a medical case study from the book of the same name by the popular author and neurologist Oliver Sacks.

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Daily huddles help smooth VUH patient transition process

Oct. 31, 2013—Daily multidisciplinary patient transition huddles are now in effect for all but four units of Vanderbilt University Hospital.

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Regional emergency exercise set for Nov. 7

Oct. 31, 2013—The 2013 Regional Hospitals Fall Severe Weather Exercise is taking place on Thursday, Nov. 7, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center will be one of several area hospitals and federal, state and local agencies participating.

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Photo: Discovery Lecture

Oct. 31, 2013—Michael Klein, Ph.D., dean of the College of Science and Technology at Temple University, discusses his use of computer simulation to explore ion channels and other complex molecular structures in the cell, during his Flexner Discovery Lecture last week.

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Lee named to lead Neurosurgical Anesthesiology

Oct. 31, 2013—Lorri Lee, M.D., has been named chief of the newly formed Division of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology.

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Program helps children complete MRIs sedation-free

Oct. 31, 2013—Natalie Ortiz is a typical six-year-old first grader — happy, active and fidgety — the kind of patient often sedated for a lengthy Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan.

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Effort to prevent childhood obesity hits halfway point

Oct. 31, 2013—A joint effort between Vanderbilt and Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation to prevent childhood obesity and enhance literacy promotion for preschoolers has reached an important milestone — the halfway mark.

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