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Reporter March 8 2013

Rounds: A message from the Vice Chancellor

Mar. 7, 2013—I write to you this month in the wake of a series of immediate federal expense reductions, known as the “sequester.” True, the country is grappling with a federal debt load that is unsustainable, and reversal of this trend is essential to our country’s future.

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New core to aid research related to nutrition and diet

Mar. 7, 2013—A new research core has been established to help Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators optimize their nutrition- and diet-related study designs, methods, measures, interventions and analysis.

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Penn seeks new look at eye disorder

Mar. 7, 2013—John Penn, Ph.D., vice chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt, is seeking to change the way retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), the leading cause of childhood blindness worldwide, is treated.

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Structural heart disease clinic debuts at One Hundred Oaks

Mar. 7, 2013—Life just got a little easier for Vanderbilt patients with structural heart disease.

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Photo: Brain Blast!

Mar. 7, 2013—About 300 people attended Brain Blast, a half-day of fun and education on Saturday at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks.

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Guidelines for pediatric vision screening methods updated

Mar. 7, 2013—The American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) recently revised the guidelines for reporting the results from studies of preschool vision screening instruments.

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Conference celebrates 85 years of social work

Mar. 7, 2013—A social work conference, “Current Issues in Tennessee: Human Trafficking and Dual Diagosis,” will be held Tuesday, March 12, in the Scarritt Bennett Center’s Raintree Room.

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Harvard’s Seidman to speak at VU

Mar. 7, 2013—Jonathan Seidman, Ph.D., who has made pivotal contributions to understanding the genetic basis of cardiomyopathy and other heart diseases, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, March 14.

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Warren lands AAIDD early career award

Mar. 7, 2013—Zachary Warren, Ph.D., has been named to receive the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities' (AAIDD) 2013 Early Career Award.

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Photo: Fond farewell

Mar. 7, 2013—On Tuesday, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute employees gathered to bid farewell to John Byrne, M.D., William S. Stoney Jr. Professor of Cardiac Surgery and chair of the department.

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Diagnostic management efforts thrive on teamwork

Mar. 7, 2013—As choices mount for patient testing and treatment, diagnostic management has arisen at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to address two closely related questions that clinicians must ask themselves more and more often: have I ordered the right tests for this patient; and, taken together, what do these test results imply for the best treatment of this patient?

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Eye disorder’s genetic risk factors come into focus

Mar. 7, 2013—An international group of investigators has identified seven new genetic regions associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common cause of blindness in older individuals.

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