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Reporter March 15 2013

New drugs a good BET for brain cancer

Mar. 20, 2013—A novel class of drugs that target “BET” proteins may have broad utility for treating genetically diverse brain tumors.

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Award winners embody caring, dedication

Mar. 18, 2013—The latest Credo Award and Five Pillar Leader Award winners were announced at this week’s Spring Clinical Enterprise Leadership Assembly at Langford Auditorium.

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IRF6 on the tip of tongue development

Mar. 18, 2013—The factor IRF6 plays important roles in the development of the tongue.

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Diagnostic codes identify smoking status

Mar. 15, 2013—Diagnostic codes used for billing purposes effectively identify smokers in a general clinic population and can be used to adjust smoking status in genetic and epidemiologic studies.

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FAQs: VUMC and economic repositioning

Mar. 14, 2013—The following are answers to frequently asked questions regarding the financial pressures created by the federal budget sequester and other legislation now facing Vanderbilt University Medical Center and academic health centers across the country.

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New center to focus on treating, preventing TB

Mar. 14, 2013—Vanderbilt University has established a tuberculosis center to expand and extend efforts to improve the treatment and prevention of this often fatal disease here and around the world.

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Lindsley honored for impact on medicinal chemistry field

Mar. 14, 2013—Vanderbilt University’s Craig Lindsley, Ph.D., is the 2013 recipient of the Philip S. Portoghese Lectureship, awarded jointly by the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Medicinal Chemistry.

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VUMC testing new payment system for Medicare patients

Mar. 14, 2013—Over the next three years, Medicare will test a new payment arrangement that rewards participating hospitals when Medicare patients require fewer inpatient and post-discharge services, but extracts financial penalties when patients require more of these services.

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Morath to oversee quality efforts for California Hospital Association

Mar. 14, 2013—Having served since 2009 as Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s chief quality and safety officer, Julie Morath, MSN, is leaving to become senior vice president for the California Hospital Association, where she will have oversight for hospital and health system quality and safety strategy and alignment. She will also be appointed CEO of the new California Hospital Quality Institute.

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Multiple Sclerosis Center honored

Mar. 14, 2013—Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Multiple Sclerosis Center has been named a Comprehensive Care Center by the National MS Society.

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Photo: VICB anniversary

Mar. 14, 2013—The Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology (VICB) celebrated its 10th anniversary Tuesday with a daylong research symposium.

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Churchwell’s signature style to be on display at men’s fashion exhibit

Mar. 14, 2013—His dapper sense of style is well known to his Vanderbilt colleagues, and now it is bringing broader attention to Andre Churchwell, M.D., associate dean of Diversity at the School of Medicine.

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