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Reporter Dec 15 2017

Study shows gender identity plays key role in access to care

Dec. 14, 2017—A new large-scale study examining barriers to healthcare through the lens of gender identity finds that transgender men and women tend to fare poorly. The study, by researchers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Minnesota, appears in The Milbank Quarterly.

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Community service project

Dec. 14, 2017—For its annual community service project, VUMC’s Section of Surgical Sciences collected travel-size toiletries to make 200 care packets for guests of the Hospital Hospitality House (HHH) of Nashville.

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Matrix biology society honors Hudson’s contributions

Dec. 14, 2017—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) biochemist Billy Hudson, PhD, has been awarded the 2018 Distinguished Investigator Prize by the International Society for Matrix Biology for his contributions to the field of matrix biology.

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Nursing advocate set for VUSN Dean’s Diversity Lecture

Dec. 14, 2017—Alicia Georges, EdD, a leading nursing advocate and the national volunteer president-elect of 38 million member AARP, will be the first speaker in the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s (VUSN) 2018 Dean’s Diversity Lecture series.

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Diabetes Day

Dec. 14, 2017—Research achievement was recognized recently during Diabetes Day at the Student Life Center. Among those honored were (beginning second from left) Bryan Gitschlag, Danielle Dean, PhD, Ian Williams, Caroline Presley, MD, and Suzanne Starr. Award winners are flanked by Tom Elasy, MD, MPH, (left) and Alvin Powers, MD. Diabetes Day was sponsored by the Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center and the Vanderbilt Center for Diabetes Translation Research and supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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UCLA’s Lewis set for next Discovery Lecture

Dec. 14, 2017—Roger Lewis, MD, PhD, a national expert on methods that can improve the flexibility and efficiency of clinical trials, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.

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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine to offer new master’s degree in genetic counseling

Dec. 11, 2017—Genetic counseling is one of the fastest growing health professions in the country. Demand for genetic counselors is far outpacing the number of trained specialists, prompting the creation of a new degree program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The Board of Trust recently approved a master of genetic counseling degree, and the first students are expected to enroll for the fall 2019 semester.

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