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Reporter Dec 21 2012

Preventing hardened heart valves

Dec. 26, 2012—Blocking a serotonin receptor may provide a novel therapy for heart valve disease.

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A drug combo for ovarian cancer

Dec. 24, 2012—Combining another drug with platinum-based chemotherapies may be more effective against ovarian cancer.

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Low prenatal alcohol’s brain impact

Dec. 21, 2012—Even relatively low levels of in utero alcohol exposure impact fetal brain development, and the effects last into adulthood, study finds.

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2012 a year of milestones, accomplishments at VUMC

Dec. 20, 2012—Editor’s note — the following is a chronological roundup of the news that made headlines at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2012. Digestive disease research In January, the Vanderbilt Digestive Disease Research Center (VDDRC) was awarded a second five-year renewal of its federal research grant. The center, which includes 119 faculty investigators from 14 different...

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Son’s kidney donation to his mother the ultimate gift

Dec. 20, 2012—For as long as Noah Harrison can remember, he has made all of his mother’s Christmas, birthday and other special occasion gifts by hand. But this year, Harrison’s gift for his mother goes beyond the typical card or crafty ornament. It can officially be labeled the best gift ever and it came a week early....

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Year in Review 2012: Appointments bolster Medical Center programs

Dec. 20, 2012—Laura Beth Brown, R.N., president of Vanderbilt Home Care, was named vice president for Vanderbilt Health Services. While continuing to serve as president for Vanderbilt Home Care, Brown will provide operational oversight for Vanderbilt Health Services (VHS) and its subsidiary entities. Michelle Collins, Ph.D., CNM, was named program director for the School of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery...

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Year in Review 2012: VUMC recognized in multiple national rankings

Dec. 20, 2012—Vanderbilt University Medical Center once again placed highly in several of the rankings conducted throughout the year by U.S. News and World Report. In the 2012-13 edition of “America’s Best Hospitals,” VUMC equaled an all-time best with 11 out of a possible 16 specialty programs being ranked among the top 50 in their respective fields,...

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Upcoming Hazinski workshop to focus on innovation, tech transfer

Dec. 20, 2012—The annual Thomas A. Hazinski Faculty Development Workshop this year centers on the encouragement of innovation. The two main speakers — David Owens, Ph.D., professor of Practice of Management and Innovation at the Owen Graduate School of Management, and Alan Bentley, M.S., assistant vice chancellor for Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Protection — will lead...

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VUMC officials play role in new national care integration report

Dec. 20, 2012—“Order from Chaos, Accelerating Care Integration,” is a report now arriving on the desks of health care executives. It’s based on a roundtable convened by the Lucian Leape Institute (LLI) at the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). Among the 20 participants were Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s David Posch, CEO of Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinics,...

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Rounds: A message from the Vice Chancellor

Dec. 20, 2012—At Vanderbilt, we are all — faculty and staff — invested with the profound intergenerational responsibility to pass on our knowledge. It is that responsibility — to train individuals across all areas of this Medical Center who will be tomorrow’s leaders — I wish to discuss with you this month. As legislators negotiate how best...

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Preds passion

Dec. 20, 2012—Five-year-old Maddie Wright-Renteria laughs with Gnash, the mascot of the Nashville Predators hockey team, during a recent visit by coaches, players and team officials to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. (Photo courtesy of the Nashville Predators)

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New endowed chair holders recognized

Dec. 20, 2012—Nine Vanderbilt University faculty members named to endowed chairs were honored for outstanding academic achievements last week during a celebration at the Student Life Center. “An endowed chair is the highest academic honor that a university can bestow on its faculty,” said University Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Richard McCarty, Ph.D. “It’s really...

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