Reporter Feb 3 2023
A new view of a cholesterol carrier
Feb. 7, 2023—Vanderbilt researchers developed a novel method to measure small RNAs carried by HDL and demonstrated that these molecules circulate in greater concentrations than previously believed and are likely to contribute to communication between immune cells.
Gut microbiota and lung fibrosis
Feb. 6, 2023—Microorganisms residing in the gut influence the severity of lung fibrosis in mouse models, suggesting that modifying the gut microbiota may offer therapeutic benefit for patients.
COVID-19 battle begins in the nose
Feb. 2, 2023—A high upper airway concentration of the virus that causes COVID-19 was associated with changes in gene expression that could impact disease progression, Vanderbilt researchers discovered.
Researchers clarify role of blood cell mutations in disease
Feb. 2, 2023—Vanderbilt researchers have developed a new method to analyze mutations in blood stem cells that can trigger explosive, clonal expansions of abnormal cells.
Study of two sepsis interventions finds identical outcomes
Feb. 2, 2023—Vanderbilt University Medical Center had a leading role in a large national study designed to compare two early interventions in the treatment of patients with sepsis, the body’s severe response to an uncontrolled infection.
Shade Tree Clinic adds monthly pediatric clinic
Feb. 2, 2023—Vanderbilt's Shade Tree Clinic, which since 2005 has provided primary care to underserved and uninsured adults in Nashville, recently opened a pediatric clinic.
Discovery of “cross-reactive” antibodies could aid treatment of viral co-infections
Feb. 2, 2023— by Bill Snyder More than a million people in the United States are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. One-fifth of them have been co-infected by the hepatitis C virus (HCV), which attacks the liver. Curative drugs for HCV are available, but many people don’t know they’ve been infected. And if they...
Nutrient absorption disease model
Feb. 2, 2023—Vanderbilt researchers developed a model of a patient-specific mutation to explore the pathology of microvillus inclusion disease, a genetic disorder that causes life-threatening diarrhea.
Pickens named chair of VUMC Thoracic Surgery
Feb. 2, 2023—Allan Pickens, MD, has been named professor and chair of Vanderbilt's Department of Thoracic Surgery.
Machine learning aids injury prevention in cardiac cath labs
Feb. 2, 2023— by Paul Govern Acute kidney injury, or AKI, is a common complication of cardiac catheterization, posing higher costs, longer hospital stays and increased short-term and long-term mortality risk. In a large, randomized trial conducted over a period of 18 months at 19 medical centers of the Veterans Health Administration, a quality improvement implementation trial...
Spann, Geiger move into new Surgical Sciences leadership roles
Feb. 2, 2023— by Jill Clendening Matthew Spann, MD, MMHC, associate professor of Surgery and director of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, has been named chief of the Division of General Surgery in the Department of Surgery in the Section of Surgical Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, effective Jan. 15. Spann has moved into this new role...
VU, VUMC rise in National Science Foundation survey
Feb. 2, 2023—Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center climbed seven spots in a survey by the National Science Foundation that measures annual research and development expenditures.