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Reporter Jan 24 2014

Is healthy obesity possible?

Jan. 29, 2014—It might be possible to generate a “metabolically healthy” state of obesity by targeting signaling pathways that improve insulin sensitivity.

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Math models to aid voice disorders

Jan. 27, 2014—A new computational model of the interactions between vocal folds and the air around them could aid in designing new treatments for voice disorders.

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Probing mysteries of preterm birth

Jan. 24, 2014—Understanding the relationship between the thinning and rupture of fetal membranes and the presence of bacteria could lead to treatment and prevention strategies for premature birth.

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New IT platform for medical learning management debuts

Jan. 23, 2014—Recent sweeping changes to undergraduate medical education at Vanderbilt are intended to produce physicians who are better attuned to teamwork and more accustomed to leading teams to improve clinical outcomes, quality and patient safety.

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Autism Speaks grant boosts Rett syndrome research

Jan. 23, 2014—Colleen Niswender, Ph.D., research associate professor of Pharmacology, has received a three-year, $450,000 grant from the autism science and advocacy organization Autism Speaks to support studies investigating a possible new treatment for Rett syndrome.

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Adams named to new VUSN community engagement post

Jan. 23, 2014—Susie Adams, Ph.D., R.N., has been named to the newly created position of Nursing Faculty Scholar for Community Engaged Behavioral Health at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

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UCSF’s Vale set to explore mechanisms of biological motility

Jan. 23, 2014—Ron Vale, Ph.D., Lasker Award winner and co-discoverer of the molecular “motor” kinesin, will give the next Flexner Discovery Lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, in 208 Light Hall.

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Lecture to link athletics, performing arts communities

Jan. 23, 2014—Vanderbilt Sports Medicine is supporting an innovative collaboration linking the sports medicine and performing arts communities called “Athletes and the Arts.”

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Middleton to chair informatics group board

Jan. 23, 2014—Blackford Middleton, M.D., MPH, M.Sc., chief informatics officer for Vanderbilt University Health System, has begun a two-year term as chair of the board of directors of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

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Photo: Quality care award

Jan. 23, 2014—Vanderbilt’s Cystic Fibrosis Diagnosis and Treatment Center was recently granted continued accreditation and was awarded the Quality Care Award by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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Rehab efforts help patient regain steps, golf stroke

Jan. 23, 2014—When Doug Reinhard arrived at Vanderbilt in September 2012 he was in a wheelchair, couldn’t feel his feet and definitely could not swing a golf club.

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Altruistic donor chain enhances transplant options

Jan. 23, 2014—Thanks to a series of altruistic donations that began in Colorado, three people who were waiting for a kidney received a life-saving transplant, including a patient at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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