Reporter Jan 26 2018
Cell skeleton and the brush border
Jan. 31, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered a role for microtubules — part of the cellular “skeleton” — in organizing the unique sidedness of the epithelial cells that line organs like the intestines.
Imaging features predict tumor grade
Jan. 29, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered imaging features associated with increased risk for aggressive meningiomas (tumors of the brain membranes) that could help guide surgical planning and patient counseling.
Versatile C. difficile blocker
Jan. 26, 2018—New research reveals a unique mechanism of C. difficile toxin neutralization by a monoclonal antibody, suggesting new therapeutic approaches.
A cataract-heart connection
Jan. 25, 2018—Studies of alpha-B crystallin in zebrafish could ultimately lead to improved treatment for cataracts and heart disease.
Heart transplant program reaches new record
Jan. 25, 2018—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) performed a record number of heart transplants in 2017, surpassing the 2016 milestone and securing its place as the second-busiest heart transplant program in the country.
Personalized drug prescribing program expands, upgrades
Jan. 25, 2018—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has expanded and relaunched genetic testing to predict patient responses to drugs.
Number of minority trainees on rise, but not minority faculty
Jan. 25, 2018—Vanderbilt investigators examined the entire training pathway of potential biomedical research faculty and found two key points of loss: during undergraduate education and in transition from postdoctoral fellowship to tenure-track faculty.
VUMC’s next Joint Commission survey expected this spring
Jan. 25, 2018—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) employees should begin preparing now for an important upcoming organization-wide initiative — the 2018 Joint Commission survey, which is expected to take place this spring.
AAIDD honors three Kennedy Center investigators
Jan. 25, 2018—The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) announced its 2018 award recipients, which include three people affiliated with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC).
Study tracks sodium-potassium pathway
Jan. 25, 2018—A six-member group of biomedical scientists from Europe and the United States, including Eric Delpire, PhD, MS, professor of Anesthesiology, has been awarded a $6 million grant to study the role of dietary potassium in hypertension.
Dance Marathon Carnival
Jan. 25, 2018—Seven universities and one high school joined together Monday, Jan. 15, to host the Middle Tennessee Dance Marathon Carnival at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to get to know their patient and family ambassadors as well as past and present patients of Children’s Hospital and their families.
VUMC’s Dail named among top women supply chain leaders
Jan. 25, 2018—Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) Teresa Dail, RN, was recently named among the top 12 “Women Leaders in Supply Chain” by The Journal of Healthcare Contracting.