Reporter Feb 22 2019
Outdated VUMC logos to be removed by 2020
Feb. 22, 2019—With the help of more than 100 submissions from colleagues across Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the Strategic Marketing team has concluded its campaign in search of outdated VUMC logos, with a goal to have them removed by 2020.
Research shows frogs can adapt to traffic noise
Feb. 21, 2019—Frogs don’t like living near noisy highways any better than people do, but research from Vanderbilt suggests that frogs, like hardened city-dwellers, can learn to adapt to the constant din of rumbling trucks, rolling tires and honking horns.
Skin diseases study uses crowdsourcing to gather data
Feb. 21, 2019—In 1906, English statistician Francis Galton happened to visit a livestock fair where fairgoers were invited to guess the dressed weight of an ox scheduled for imminent slaughter. Some 800 attendees took part and afterwards Galton got hold of the contest data.
VUMC chikungunya antibody set to enter clinical trial
Feb. 21, 2019—A monoclonal antibody against the chikungunya virus developed by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is the first monoclonal antibody encoded by messenger RNA to enter a clinical trial.
AHA statement supports vascular cardio-oncology
Feb. 21, 2019—The American Heart Association (AHA) has issued a scientific statement calling for the integration of cardio-oncology and vascular medicine to provide cancer patients and cancer survivors with optimal cardiovascular care.
Allstate grant bolsters Children’s Hospital teen driver safety efforts
Feb. 21, 2019—Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt kicked off its yearlong campaign to empower teens to “Be in the Zone — Turn off Your Phone” during the first of three hospital-focused seminars.
Bachmann lauded by American College of Cardiology
Feb. 21, 2019—Justin Bachmann, MD, MPH, is receiving the Presidential Career Development Award from the American College of Cardiology (ACC), which comes with one year of research support totaling $70,000.
Strong female role models, rare hobby helped shape Beyer
Feb. 21, 2019—When Bruce Beyer, MD, was a teenager, his grandmother stitched a needlepoint scene of a deer by a woodland stream that she gave him with explicit instructions to “hang it in his doctor’s office.”
Study takes personal approach to cochlear implant programming
Feb. 21, 2019—Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently received a $3.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to improve outcomes for children with significant hearing loss by providing individualized, prescription-like programming for their cochlear implants.
Discovery points to new cancer immunotherapy option
Feb. 21, 2019—An international team involving Vanderbilt researchers has discovered that a new “checkpoint” protein on immune system cells is active in tumors, and that blocking it — in combination with other treatments — is a successful therapeutic approach in mouse models of cancer.
New sculpture honors organ donors, families
Feb. 21, 2019—Vanderbilt University Medical Center employees and guests gathered in the sixth floor atrium of the Critical Care Tower on Feb. 14 to dedicate “The Gift of Life,” a metal sculpture memorializing the final, selfless act of VUMC’s organ donors and their families.
VUMC study finds helping patients breathe during intubation prevents life-threatening complications
Feb. 18, 2019—Thousands of Americans die each year during a dangerous two-minute procedure to insert a breathing tube. Now a Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is showing that using bag-mask ventilation, squeezing air from a bag into the mouth for 60 seconds to help patients’ breathing, improves outcomes and could potentially save lives.