Reporter March 28 2014
Mar. 27, 2014—A multidisciplinary team of microbiome researchers at Vanderbilt University is shedding light on necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a disease of prematurity that kills hundreds of babies and costs the U.S. health care system an estimated $5 billion a year.
Mar. 27, 2014—Bonnie Pilon, Ph.D., senior associate dean for Clinical and Community Partnerships for the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, will step down from her leadership role beginning Jan. 1, 2015, and take a sabbatical year before returning to a faculty role at the school.
Mar. 27, 2014—For years, Vanderbilt Medical Group has used robocalls to remind patients of upcoming appointments. The reminders are triggered four days out, and VMG is able to refill approximately 60 percent of all cancellations that occur at this four-day mark. Cancellations account for approximately 7 percent of all patient responses to these appointment reminders.
Mar. 27, 2014—Neuroscientist and biophysicist David Clapham, M.D., Ph.D., known for his studies of ion channels and cell signaling, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, April 3, in 208 Light Hall.