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Reporter March 8 2019

Children’s Hospital staircase and full lobby reopen

Mar. 7, 2019—Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt reopened its hallmark grand staircase and full lobby Feb. 25, marking a significant milestone in the hospital expansion which is entering the final stages before the first two new floors open later this year.

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Vanderbilt scientists report new modeling of brain signaling

Mar. 7, 2019—The release of neurotransmitters and hormones in the body is tightly controlled by complex protein machinery embedded in cell membranes.

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Symposium explores prevention of HPV-associated cancers

Mar. 7, 2019—Physicians and researchers from across the country came to the Vanderbilt Symposium on HPV Infections and Associated Cancers on March 1 to discuss screening and prevention strategies for the human papillomavirus (HPV).

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Brain aging occurs at accelerated rate in patients with psychosis

Mar. 7, 2019—According to a new study by Vanderbilt researchers, normal brain aging patterns in patients with a psychotic disorder occur at an accelerated rate, impacting the patient’s cognitive functioning and suggesting treatment intervention in the early psychosis period may improve long-term outcomes.

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Vanderbilt mourns cancer researcher Stephen Hann

Mar. 7, 2019—Stephen Hann, PhD, professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, died Feb. 27. He was 67.

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Telemedicine holds promise for quick diagnosis of autism

Mar. 7, 2019—Although increasing evidence shows that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be accurately identified during their second year of life, the average age of diagnosis in both Tennessee and across the country remains well above 4 years of age.

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Annual Shade Tree Trot set to raise funds for student-run clinics

Mar. 7, 2019—The 11th annual Shade Tree Trot, presented by Messer Construction and Carrabba’s, is set for Saturday, April 20, at 9 a.m. on the Vanderbilt campus.

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Congressional testimony

Mar. 7, 2019—Vanderbilt’s Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, right, testified Feb. 27 before the U.S. House Armed Services Committee on military policy affecting transgender service members.

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Voting in U.S. News “Best Hospitals” Survey Continues

Mar. 7, 2019—The opportunity for eligible physicians to vote in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey will remain open through March. Online voting takes place on Doximity ( To participate, eligible physicians must complete their survey on Doximity before the close of the voting period.

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Children’s Hospital honors Carells with balcony dedication

Mar. 7, 2019—In the building and creation of Nashville’s first and only freestanding children’s hospital, Monroe Carell Jr. and his wife, Ann Scott Carell, were involved every step of the way.

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Mobility protocol yields positive results in pediatric ICU

Mar. 7, 2019—For years Kristina Betters, MD, assistant professor of Pediatric Critical Care at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, has been aware of the value of getting patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) moving during their critical illnesses to prevent muscle breakdown, weakness and delirium.

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Delta names Gray inaugural Child Life Specialist of the Year

Mar. 7, 2019—As a student at the University of Mississippi, a career as a child life specialist wasn’t on Sarah Beth Gray’s radar. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t offered as a major. Luckily, Gray’s mother, a longtime preschool and day care owner, knew her daughter’s heart.

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