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Institute of Chemical Biology to celebrate 10th anniversary

Feb. 28, 2013—Top chemists from around the country will be on hand March 12 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology (VICB), a brave experiment that helped jumpstart the University’s robust drug discovery initiative.

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Photo: Family reunion

Feb. 28, 2013—Faris Al-Jashami, his wife, Claudia, and son, Moohamed, came to the Shade Tree Clinic last week to thank the medical students and medical legal partnership volunteer who helped to reunite them.

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Team effort to tackle girl’s rare spinal condition

Feb. 28, 2013—Lena Caragherghi lets out a sharp “Ow!” as a physical therapist tests the flexibility of her ankles. “You’re going to break my legs!” the 15-year-old exclaims with a giggle.

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New fluorescing agent shines light on bladder cancer cells

Feb. 28, 2013—Two urologic surgeons at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center are among a leading group of cancer physicians using an innovative new imaging agent and blue light system to “light up” cancerous cells inside the bladder.

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Fellowship hones minimally invasive brain surgery skills

Feb. 28, 2013—After six months in Australia studying under an international expert in endoscopic neurosurgery, Lola Chambless, M.D., has brought those minimally invasive brain tumor surgery techniques back to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Discovery Lecture explores brain’s sensitivity to insulin

Feb. 28, 2013—Diabetes has a big impact on the brain.

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Starting up protein synthesis, in yeast

Feb. 28, 2013—Researchers have found an unusual interaction between a factor that “turns on” protein synthesis and one that produces fatty acids.

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My Health at Vanderbilt to unveil simpler look

Feb. 25, 2013—A redesign of My Health at Vanderbilt will give users an improved experience that is consistent with other Vanderbilt University Medical Center websites.

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Structural snapshot hints at new influenza approach

Feb. 21, 2013—A careful look at how the body’s natural defenses disarm virulent strains of influenza hints at the possibility of a way to fight the flu.

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Middleton named VU Health System informatics chief

Feb. 21, 2013—Blackford Middleton, M.D., MPH, M.Sc., corporate director of clinical informatics research and development at Partners Healthcare in Boston, will join Vanderbilt later this month in the role of assistant vice chancellor for Health Affairs and chief informatics officer for Vanderbilt University Health System. He succeeds John Doulis, M.D.

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Patient & Family Promise to be introduced next week

Feb. 21, 2013—The Patient & Family Promise will be rolled out to the public next week.

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Series of events explore brain disorders, neuroscience research

Feb. 21, 2013—“Brain Blast,” a half-day of free, hands-on activities for children and adults will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 2, at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks.

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