Reporter April 2 2021
Genetic differences in Wilms tumor
Apr. 6, 2021—Unique somatic gene mutations may contribute to racial disparities in the incidence of Wilms tumor — the most common childhood kidney cancer.
Codeine metabolizer status in clinical practice
Apr. 5, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers have developed a response score using genetic and clinical information to aid prescribing of the widely used pain medication codeine.
Study links ADHD pharmacotherapy and retention rates for substance use disorder treatment
Apr. 2, 2021—Kristopher Kast, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and clinical director of Vanderbilt’s Addiction Consult Service, has discovered a strong association between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) pharmacotherapy and retention rates for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment.
Investigational vaccine to be tested against COVID-19 variant
Apr. 2, 2021—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is participating in a national phase 1 clinical trial in healthy adults of an investigational vaccine against the B.1.351 variant of the COVID-19 virus that was first identified in South Africa.
Dixie Place renamed in honor of Vanderbilt surgical pioneer Vivien Thomas
Apr. 1, 2021—Through a Vanderbilt University School of Medicine student-led effort, Dixie Place, the city street that runs between the Medical Center’s Central Garage and the Oxford House building on 21st Avenue South, is being renamed Vivien Thomas Way.
COVID-19 met with intensive teamwork
Apr. 1, 2021—Team members serving COVID-19 inpatients were more densely connected, interacting far more than their medical ICU counterparts.
Novel way to neutralize Rift Valley Fever Virus
Apr. 1, 2021—The discovery of monoclonal antibodies that neutralize Rift Valley Fever Virus — an emerging infection with pandemic potential — lays the foundation for future therapeutic antibody development.
COVID recovery included long stay on ECMO, double-lung transplant
Apr. 1, 2021—Zach Lloyd was only 37 years old with no pre-existing health conditions, but COVID-19 was bringing him within an inch of his life.
Breast cancer cells ‘steal’ nutrients from immune cells: study
Apr. 1, 2021—Triple-negative breast cancer cells engage in a “glutamine steal” — outcompeting T cells for the nutrient glutamine and impairing their ability to kill tumor cells, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.
Study outlines VUMC’s strategy for a learning health care system
Apr. 1, 2021—New investments in clinical programs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are increasingly contingent upon studies to validate claims of benefit and the potential for scalability and spread.
Study shows new COVID target could improve vaccines
Apr. 1, 2021—Despite an impressive vaccination effort that exceeds 2 million shots a day, rates of COVID-19 are again on the rise in several parts of the United States, as is the spread of highly transmissible variants of the virus.
Analysis seeks to better manage infection in dialysis patients
Apr. 1, 2021—Analysis seeks to better manage infection in dialysis patients