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Reporter June 5 2015

Study identifies C. diff toxin receptor, suggests new treatment approaches

Jun. 4, 2015—Vanderbilt University investigators have identified a cellular receptor for a toxin from Clostridium difficile (“C. diff”) — the leading cause of hospital-acquired diarrhea in the United States.

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New VU app takes SMART look at clinical information sharing

Jun. 4, 2015—On June 1 in Chicago, at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a mobile computer application under development at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, called SMART Precision Cancer Medicine (PCM), was featured in a demonstration of improved cancer care coordination through clinical data interoperability and electronic clinical information sharing.

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Anderson elected treasurer of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Jun. 4, 2015—Ted Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., Betty and Lonnie S. Burnett Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was recently elected treasurer of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). His three-year term began in May.

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Dalley’s contributions to anatomical sciences recognized

Jun. 4, 2015—Arthur Dalley, Ph.D., professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt, recently received the highest education award for human anatomy education in the anatomical sciences during the 2015 Experimental Biology meeting in Boston.

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Noted vascular surgeon Valentine joins Section of Surgical Sciences

Jun. 4, 2015—James Valentine, M.D., has joined the Section of Surgical Sciences, in the Division of Vascular Surgery, returning to Vanderbilt nearly 40 years after earning his undergraduate degree here.

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Garrison named to NIH diversity working group

Jun. 4, 2015—Nanibaa' Garrison, Ph.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics and Anthropology, has been appointed to serve on the Working Group on Diversity, which is an arm of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Ehrenfeld to receive Massachusetts Medical Society’s 2015 LGBT Health Award

Jun. 4, 2015—Jesse Ehrenfeld, M.D., MPH, associate professor of Anesthesiology, Biomedical Informatics, Surgery and Health Policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was recently named to receive the Massachusetts Medical Society’s 2015 LGBT Health Award.

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Chestnut to deliver Rovenstine Lecture

Jun. 4, 2015—David Chestnut, M.D., professor of Anesthesiology and chief of the Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology, has been selected to deliver the 2016 Emery A. Rovenstine Memorial Lecture. The lecture is the premier event at annual meetings of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Chestnut will deliver the lecture at the ASA meeting in Chicago in October...

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NIH director’s Discovery Lecture covers biomedical research landscape

Jun. 4, 2015—Last week in Langford Auditorium, Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), delivered what he referred to as a “romp through an awful lot of the landscape of biomedical research.”

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Precision medicine efforts highlighted at NIH workshop

Jun. 4, 2015—Affirmation of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s high profile in precision medicine came last week when a new working group convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) visited Vanderbilt for a two-day public workshop devoted to planning a key component of the federal Precision Medicine Initiative announced earlier this year by President Obama.

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Study highlights need for orthopaedic surgeons to use caution when prescribing opioid pain medications

Jun. 4, 2015—A Vanderbilt physician researcher is highlighting that orthopaedic surgeons are among the highest prescribers of opioid pain medicine in the United States and calling on practitioners to exercise caution when prescribing the potentially addictive pain medicine.

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Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance lecture focuses on health disparities research

Jun. 4, 2015—Melody Goodman, Ph.D., M.S., assistant professor of Public Health Sciences in the Department of Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, visited the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance recently to present a lecture titled “Increasing Community Capacity to Partner in Health Disparities Research.”

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