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Reporter Feb 15 2013

Factor CITED in pediatric liver cancer

Feb. 20, 2013—Vanderbilt researchers report that they have found a factor involved in the persistence of embryonic cells implicated in childhood liver cancer.

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Pancreas cells full of potential

Feb. 18, 2013—Adult cells in the pancreas can return to a less mature state – and then become a different cell type, like the beta cells that secrete insulin.

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Cure in sight for kissing bug’s bite

Feb. 15, 2013—It’s possible to cure Chagas disease – a deadly tropical infection transmitted by “kissing bugs” – in a mouse model.

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Meeting looks at VUMC’s financial picture

Feb. 14, 2013—At a midyear Clinical Enterprise Town Hall meeting, those attending were updated on Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s year-to-date performance and the ongoing impact of separate pieces of federal legislation — the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Budget Control Act of 2011, which has come to be known as sequestration.

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Vermund, Polack elected to American Pediatric Society

Feb. 14, 2013—Two Vanderbilt physicians, both in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, have been elected to the American Pediatric Society (APS), one of the nation's oldest and most renowned academic societies.

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NIH lauds Rex’s ideas for future of vision research

Feb. 14, 2013—Tonia Rex, Ph.D., assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, was recently named one of 10 winners of the National Institutes of Health competition for ideas on the future of vision research.

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Vaccination still key defense as flu season continues

Feb. 14, 2013—As is the case throughout the country, this year’s flu season in Middle Tennessee is hitting elderly people particularly hard.

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Photo: Distinguished visitor

Feb. 14, 2013—The Clinic at Mercury Courts staff recently welcomed Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives Beth Harwell, right, for a tour of the new facility, a comprehensive clinic that provides care to the homeless and transient populations in Nashville. Here,  Aaron Scott greets Harwell and VUSN’s Bonnie Pilon, DSN, R.N. Lipscomb University’s Chad Gentry, Pharm.D.,...

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Harvard’s Kahn set for Discovery Lecture

Feb. 14, 2013—C. Ronald Kahn, M.D., renowned for his contributions to the field of insulin signaling and its role in type 2 diabetes and obesity, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 21.

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VUMC’s Hoy lands transplant provider award

Feb. 14, 2013—Haley Hoy, Ph.D., ACNP, recently received the 2013 Advanced Transplant Provider Award from the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) during its Winter Symposium.

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Cell connections key in valve disease

Feb. 14, 2013—A protein that connects cells together participates in the calcification that occurs in heart valve disease.

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Beck departing VU after 20 years

Feb. 14, 2013—After more than two decades of service, Warren E. Beck, associate vice chancellor for Health Affairs and senior vice president for Finance, is departing Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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