division of infectious diseases Archives
Study finds RSV may evade vaccines via rapid mutation
Mar. 9, 2023—A Vanderbilt study concluded that RSV’s ability to mutate rapidly to escape detection by the body’s immune system makes it more challenging to design and develop vaccines that can stop it from spreading.
Gut microbiota and lung fibrosis
Feb. 6, 2023—Microorganisms residing in the gut influence the severity of lung fibrosis in mouse models, suggesting that modifying the gut microbiota may offer therapeutic benefit for patients.
COVID-19 battle begins in the nose
Feb. 2, 2023—A high upper airway concentration of the virus that causes COVID-19 was associated with changes in gene expression that could impact disease progression, Vanderbilt researchers discovered.
Study to explore COVID’s impact on essential workers
Jan. 26, 2023—Vanderbilt researchers are inviting non-health care essential workers to participate in a study to better understand how they continue to be impacted by COVID-19.
Emerging Infections Program lands national award for COVID response
Jan. 19, 2023—Vanderbilt's Emerging Infections Program (EIP) recently received the Toby Merlin Award for Excellence in Emergency Response, presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
Flu season came early, hit hard in Tennessee
Dec. 21, 2022—Flu season came a month early this year in Tennessee and hit hard, disproportionately affecting children, according to Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tennessee Department of Health and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Dooley honored by Treatment Action Group
Dec. 15, 2022—Vanderbilt's Kelly Dooley, MD, PhD, MPH, recently received the Research in Action Award from the Treatment Action Group (TAG).
Breaking the stigma of AIDS part of Raffanti’s long legacy
Jul. 7, 2022—On June 29 Stephen Raffanti, MD, MPH, hung up his scrubs at the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic for the last time. It was a bittersweet moment for the man who helped lead Nashville out of the darkest days of the AIDS epidemic 30 years ago.
VUMC to pilot CDC joint training program
Jun. 16, 2022—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is among 11 centers that will pilot a new federally sponsored training program, the Joint Infectious Diseases/Epidemic Intelligence Service (ID/EIS) Fellowship.
Dooley to lead Division of Infectious Diseases
Jun. 8, 2022—Kelly Dooley, MD, PhD, MPH, has been appointed professor and Addison B. Scoville Jr. Chair in Medicine and director of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, effective Sept. 12.
New Clinician Spotlight: Rebecca (Ribka) Berhanu
Mar. 30, 2022—Rebecca Berhanu, MD, assistant professor of Medicine, has joined Vanderbilt's Division of Infectious Diseases as a clinician and researcher.
Blood test figures in cancer risk for people with HIV
Mar. 17, 2022—A Vanderbilt study found that, among adult patients with HIV, those who have lower counts of certain types of blood cells have a markedly higher risk of developing cancer.