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Reporter July 10 2020

New clues to lung-scarring disease may aid treatment

Jul. 8, 2020—Scientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix, Arizona, have discovered previously unreported genetic and cellular changes that occur in the lungs of people with pulmonary fibrosis (PF).

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Video: Dr. Jeff Balser talks about a new plan to eliminate barriers to diversity and inclusion at VUMC

Jul. 8, 2020—Dr. Jeff Balser announces the formation of a new Task Force led by the Office of Health Equity representing all areas of VUMC and the School of Medicine charged with identifying ways to eliminate barriers to racial equity through immediate and long-term steps.

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Transcript: Dr. Jeff Balser talks about a new plan to eliminate barriers to diversity and inclusion at VUMC

Jul. 8, 2020—Dr. Jeff Balser announces the formation of a new Task Force led by the Office of Health Equity representing all areas of VUMC and the School of Medicine charged with identifying ways to eliminate barriers to racial equity through immediate and long-term steps.

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New physician spotlight: Martin Montenovo

Jul. 6, 2020—Martin Montenovo, MD, a liver transplant surgeon, has joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center as associate professor of Surgery in the Division of Hepatobiliary Surgery & Liver Transplantation. He began seeing patients on September 1, 2019.

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Research team isolates antibodies that may prevent rare polio-like illness in children linked to a respiratory infection

Jul. 3, 2020—Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have isolated human monoclonal antibodies that potentially can prevent a rare but devastating polio-like illness in children linked to a respiratory viral infection.

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Friedman named associate director for Community Science and Health Outcomes at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Jul. 2, 2020—Debra Friedman, MD, MS, E. Bronson Ingram Chair of Pediatric Oncology, is expanding her leadership role in improving cancer outcomes both within and beyond the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) catchment area. She has been named associate director of Community Science and Health Outcomes.

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Fe y Salud webinar addresses disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on Latino community

Jul. 2, 2020—The Latino community is affected disproportionately by COVID-19. News outlets report leaders and lawmakers calling its impact “catastrophic.” In the state of Tennessee, one-third of residents who test positive for the coronavirus are Hispanic, even though only 5.6 percent of the population is Hispanic.

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Slayton named Senior Vice President for Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention

Jul. 2, 2020—Jenny Slayton, MSN, RN, who has served as Vice President of Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention since 2016, is being promoted to Senior Vice President for Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention.

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VUMC-led network to focus on polygenic risk for common diseases

Jul. 1, 2020—With the aid of a $75 million, five-year grant renewal, the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics Network (eMERGE) will venture beyond its current focus on monogenic disease to scoring research participants’ relative risk for complex heritable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease and type 2 diabetes.

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Facial recognition solves patient identification: study

Jul. 1, 2020—Patient misidentification is an all too common cause of medical error. In low- and middle-income countries, free, open-source facial recognition software could provide an economical solution for verifying patient identity across health care settings, according to a study by Martin Were, MD, MS, and colleagues, appearing in the International Journal of Medical Informatics.

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