Reporter June 29 2018
SMAD4 clue to colon cancer
Jul. 2, 2018—Loss of a gene that is part of the TGF-beta signaling pathway increased inflammation in the colon and was observed in half of human colitis-associated cancers.
Mother knows best
Jul. 2, 2018—The first demonstration of bacterial DNA in mammalian fetal intestinal tissue suggests that the mother’s microbiome moves into the fetal intestine.
Scavengers “protect” HDL
Jun. 29, 2018—Jun. 29, 2018—Lipid molecules that bind to HDL can modify its function — and blocking that modification can protect HDL and potentially lower the risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease.
Vanderbilt doctors urge caution with Fourth of July fireworks
Jun. 29, 2018—Jun. 29, 2018—Doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are urging caution with consumer fireworks as the Fourth of July approaches.
New staph virulence factor
Jun. 28, 2018—Jun. 28, 2018—The new factor, an enzyme involved in host-pathogen interactions, may be a viable target for treating staph infections.
Ikizler to succeed Harris as Nephrology and Hypertension director
Jun. 28, 2018—Jun. 28, 2018—T. Alp Ikizler, MD, an internationally known expert on the nutritional and metabolic aspects of kidney disease, will succeed Raymond Harris, MD, as director of the Department of Medicine’s Division of Nephrology and Hypertension in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine effective July 1.
Scanlan to lead government, community relations
Jun. 28, 2018—Jun. 28, 2018—Matthew Scanlan, JD, will join Vanderbilt University Medical Center on July 1 as the Medical Center’s first senior director of Government and Community Relations.
Jun. 28, 2018—Jun. 28, 2018—Friends and colleagues surrounded R. Daniel Beauchamp, MD, during a recent reception honoring him for his many contributions and dedicated service as chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences since 2001.
Study explores issues faced by early career research faculty
Jun. 28, 2018—Jun. 28, 2018—In an electronic survey of early career research-track faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, respondents confidentially reported their recent experiences with extra-professional caregiving, including care for sick or injured children, parents, spouses or partners.
Calkins lands innovation award from Research to Prevent Blindness
Jun. 28, 2018—Jun. 28, 2018—David Calkins, PhD, vice chair and director of Research at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, has been granted one of the preeminent awards in vision research — the Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Stein Innovation Award.
Vanderbilt thinkers come together for StrategyShare18
Jun. 28, 2018—Jun. 28, 2018—A multidisciplinary cross section of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University community gathered Tuesday during StrategyShare18, an interactive half-day event to share ideas, invite collaborations and spur new initiatives.
UDN team strives to solve challenging medical mysteries
Jun. 28, 2018—Jun. 28, 2018—The anonymous man being discussed in a conference room at Vanderbilt University Medical Center used to be healthy and athletic, but has suffered from slow progressive muscle weakness for some time and now uses a wheelchair to get around.