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Genotype-specific blood counts

Aug. 11, 2022—Vanderbilt researchers report genotype-specific reference ranges to improve interpretation of laboratory blood results in African Americans with a common gene variant that lowers white blood cell counts.

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VUMC, Harvard Medical School named to join AMAF consortium to address LGBTQ+ health disparities

Aug. 2, 2022—Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Harvard Medical School will participate in the American Medical Association Foundation National LGBTQ+ Fellowship Program consortium of institutions.

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Black patients with cancer face worse COVID outcomes: study

Mar. 31, 2022—Vanderbilt researchers have found that Black patients with cancer experienced significantly worse outcomes after COVID-19 diagnosis than non-Hispanic white cancer patients.

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Diet and colorectal cancer risk

Feb. 14, 2022—Higher dietary intake of antioxidant compounds found in fruits, vegetables, teas and spices was associated with lower risk of colorectal cancer, and intake was lower among Black participants, potentially contributing to colorectal cancer health disparities.

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NIH grant to address chronic diseases that affect populations with health disparities

Jan. 20, 2022—Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Meharry Medical College and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are the recipients of a $12.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to jointly develop the Southeast Collaborative for Innovative and Equitable Solutions to Chronic Disease Disparities.

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NIH grant to address chronic diseases that affect populations with health disparities

Jan. 13, 2022—Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Meharry Medical College and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have received a major grant from the National Institutes of Health to jointly develop the Southeast Collaborative for Innovative and Equitable Solutions to Chronic Disease Disparities.

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Reid receives NRG Oncology early-stage investigator award

Oct. 28, 2021—Vanderbilt's Sonya Reid, MD, MPH, is a recipient of an NRG Oncology Underserved Minority Scholars Award.

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Structural variants in breast cancer risk genes

Sep. 16, 2021—Vanderbilt epidemiologists conducted in-depth whole genome sequencing of breast cancer risk genes in Black women, who die at higher rates and have more aggressive disease, to discover mutations that may improve testing and treatment selection.

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Influenza network sizes up COVID

Jul. 22, 2021—Hospital data from a CDC network that monitors influenza revealed that adults hospitalized for COVID-19 in the early months of the pandemic were 20x more likely to die compared to hospitalized influenza patients.

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Gene variant linked to unnecessary bone marrow biopsies in African Americans

Jun. 28, 2021—A gene variant that lowers white blood cell levels and is common in individuals with African ancestry contributes to unnecessary bone marrow biopsies, according to a study published June 28 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Tuya Pal named Komen Scholar

Jun. 24, 2021—Susan G. Komen announced on June 23 that Tuya Pal, MD, associate director for Cancer Health Disparities at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) and Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, has been named a Komen Scholar.

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Genetic ancestry and hypertension risk

Apr. 29, 2021—Racial disparities in hypertension risk are due in part to genetic differences between ancestries, Vanderbilt investigators find in a study of participants in the Million Veteran Program.

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