Reporter Aug 6 2021
Vitamin D impact on disease biomarkers
Aug. 10, 2021—In a randomized controlled trial, vitamin D supplementation did not improve biomarkers for cardiovascular and metabolic disease.
Sudden death from deep in the brain?
Aug. 9, 2021—Vanderbilt neurologists found altered excitability in deep brain structures that they note may drive respiratory dysfunction and sudden death in a rare form of epilepsy.
New Clinician Spotlight: Sonya Reid
Aug. 5, 2021—Sonya Reid, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology Oncology, is a member of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Breast Cancer Research Program and sees patients at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks.
Motor protein linked to intestinal cell differentiation
Aug. 5, 2021—The motor protein MYO5B, a cause of the congenital intestinal disorder microvillus inclusion disease, does more than move cellular cargo, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.
Gene expression in diabetic nephropathy
Aug. 5, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers are looking to mRNA populations in podocytes — kidney cells that help filter blood — to help identify potential targets for treating diabetic kidney disease.
Digital growth, improvements, vaccinations: Leadership Assembly takeaways
Aug. 5, 2021—Vanderbilt University Medical Center completed its first full fiscal year of the COVID-19 era having achieved remarkable outcomes in digital health, growth and quality because of consistently strong performance from its workforce.
NIMH support bolsters early psychosis research efforts
Aug. 5, 2021—The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has received an additional $4 million from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to study the evolution of hippocampal dysfunction in the early stage of psychosis.
Facebook campaign quickly nets clinical trial participants
Aug. 5, 2021—The cost and effectiveness of social media as a participant recruitment tool for clinical research is still being evaluated. To better understand its utility, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center used Facebook to mount a short, monthlong pilot campaign in and around Houston attempting to recruit participants for an ongoing smoking cessation study being conducted in that city.
O’Malley named to key Outpatient Referral Assistance role
Aug. 5, 2021—Mathew O’Malley, MD, assistant professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, has been named associate medical director for Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Office of Outpatient Referral Assistance (OORA).
Clinical trial to test immunotherapy for rectal cancer
Aug. 5, 2021—A new clinical trial seeks to determine whether immunotherapy in combination with short-course radiation followed by surgical resection could be a curative treatment for locally advanced rectal cancer.
Williams named to key diversity and inclusion role for VUMC Nursing
Aug. 4, 2021—Mamie Williams, MPH, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, has been named senior director of Nursing Diversity and Inclusion at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
New pediatric ambulance debuts in Murfreesboro
Aug. 4, 2021—As the calls for pediatric and neonatal transports continue to escalate, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is at the ready to answer the needs of the region.