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New center to study genomic privacy concerns

May. 19, 2016—Researchers at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine have received a four-year, $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a new center for the study of privacy concerns associated with the use of genomic information, the NIH announced this week.

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Initiative seeks to encourage use of advance directives

Apr. 7, 2016—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is encouraging faculty and staff to answer this question: If you became incapable of making health care decisions for yourself because of injury or illness, would your family or health care provider know your wishes for health care?

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Sustainable agriculture’s impact

Feb. 18, 2016—Duke University’s Norman Wirzba, Ph.D., left, talks with Vanderbilt’s Douglas Heimburger, M.D., M.S., following Wirzba’s recent lecture on the importance of sustainable agriculture and its impact on population health.

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Lecture to explore impact of sustainable agriculture

Jan. 28, 2016—Norman Wirzba, Ph.D., professor of Theology, Ecology, and Agrarian studies at Duke University in the Divinity School, the Nicholas School of the Environment, and the Sanford School of Public Policy, will present a public lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, in Light Hall, Room 214 entitled “Why Sustainable Agriculture Matters.”

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Discovery Lecture explores health care cost controls

Sep. 17, 2015—“There’s no magic bullet” to control rising health care costs in the United States, health law expert Timothy Jost, J.D., said during last week’s Flexner Discovery Lecture.

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Clayton to co-chair National Academies’ review committee

Sep. 3, 2015—Ellen Clayton, M.D., J.D., the Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics and professor of Law and Health Policy at Vanderbilt University, has been selected to serve as co-chair of the National Academies’ Report Review Committee (RRC).

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Jost set for Sept. 10 Discovery Lecture

Sep. 3, 2015—The Flexner Discovery Lecture Series kicks off this fall with a discussion of health care cost control. Timothy Jost, J.D., emeritus professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, will speak on Thursday, Sept. 10.

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Research ethics expert Lo set for Discovery Lecture

Sep. 18, 2014—Bernard Lo, M.D., president of the Greenwall Foundation and director emeritus of the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California, San Francisco, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 25.

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Grant bolsters biomedical ethics efforts in Mozambique

Jul. 31, 2014—Vanderbilt University researchers have received a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to strengthen research ethics capacity in Mozambique.

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Discovery Lecturer explores genome medicine’s impact

Sep. 26, 2013—We’re on a potential collision course, said last week’s Flexner Discovery Lecturer, between the delivery of good medical care and the possibilities offered by genome medicine.

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Discovery lecturer to discuss genetic information’s challenges

Sep. 12, 2013—Wylie Burke, M.D., Ph.D., an expert in the social, ethical and policy implications of genetic information, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 19.

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How to avoid family stress over the holidays

Dec. 19, 2012—Getting together with extended family during the holidays can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be, says Keith G. Meador, professor of psychiatry and preventive medicine and director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt. There are ways of managing expectations to make the time together better for everyone. “Holidays bring...

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