Reporter Jan 23 2015
New clue to a devastating disease
Jan. 28, 2015—New findings suggest a previously unrecognized role for the Sox10 transcription factor in Hirschsprung’s disease, and may lead to improved diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for this disease.
Immune response depends on force
Jan. 26, 2015—New studies explain how T-cell receptors use force to recognize and protect us against pathogens.
New view of dopamine heteromers
Jan. 23, 2015—Although heteromeric dopamine receptors composed of both D1 and D2 subunits have been proposed to play a role in depression and schizophrenia, recent studies suggest these heteromers do not exist.
Beta cell link to fasting glucose
Jan. 22, 2015—New findings explain why variation in a particular gene is the most important determinant of fasting blood glucose levels in humans.
New signaling pathway provides clues to obesity
Jan. 22, 2015—A Vanderbilt University-led research team has discovered a molecular “rheostat” in the brain’s appetite control center that may provide new insights into obesity, which is at epidemic levels in this country.
New data mining method reveals cancer-driving genes
Jan. 22, 2015—Prospecting for genes that might be implicated in cancer, a Vanderbilt University Medical Center research team has struck pay dirt.
Pediatric Orthopaedics icon Green’s contributions honored
Jan. 22, 2015—Neil Green, M.D., former director and chief of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, has retired after 38 years of service to Vanderbilt.
New tool to enhance VUMC employee evaluation process
Jan. 22, 2015—This year, Vanderbilt University Medical Center is using a new technology and format for mid-year and annual performance evaluations.
VUMC research cores speed pace of discovery
Jan. 22, 2015—Progress against America’s most intractable health challenges, among them heart disease, cancer and diabetes, requires the best minds, the latest tools and the easy collaboration demanded by 21st century science.
Lecture honors King’s message of hope, unity
Jan. 22, 2015—Vanderbilt University Medical Center staff, faculty, students and guests packed 208 Light Hall Monday to honor the life and legacy of the late Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Vanderbilt clinical workstations getting major upgrade
Jan. 22, 2015—Clinical workstations throughout Vanderbilt University Medical Center will undergo an expansive upgrade early this year. Vanderbilt IT is entering into an operating lease with Dell Inc. to replace a significant number of clinical workstations located throughout VUMC’s hospitals and clinics.
Findings do not support chlorhexidine bathing in ICUs
Jan. 21, 2015—Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers have found that bathing critically ill patients with disposable chlorhexidine cloths did not decrease the incidence of health care-associated infections when compared to less expensive nonantimicrobial cloths, according to a study appearing online in JAMA this week.