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Reporter May 12 2017

New interactive tool lets VUMC community share creative ideas

May. 11, 2017—Sharing ideas is powerful. IdeaShare, a tool to share ideas among groups of people, and even vote about which ideas you like best, is coming to Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) beginning May 16.

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Varied interests inspire Urologic Surgery’s Chang

May. 11, 2017—If a career in medicine hadn’t worked out for Sam Chang, he might have been a politician. As an undergraduate at Princeton University, Chang chose to major in politics instead of common premed majors such as biology or chemistry. That way, he would have the opportunity to take a spectrum of liberal arts classes, from psychology to sociology to anthropology.

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Top cancer researchers reveal latest findings at VICC science retreat

May. 11, 2017—Ordinary cells can be transformed into cancer cells through epigenetics — changes to DNA that turn genes on or off. Those gene changes can protect cells or make them vulnerable to disease processes including cancer.

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Reception celebrates VUMC’s community ties

May. 11, 2017—Nearly 400 members of the Canby Robinson Society and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) community joined together at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens recently for a reception celebrating the Medical Center’s shared commitment to healthy communities and to pioneer the future of health care.

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School of Nursing parking lot closing May 15

May. 11, 2017—A parking lot on 21st Avenue South, Lot 7, will close permanently Monday, May 15, as the university begins work on the new 29,947-square-foot addition to the School of Nursing. Lot 7 will be converted to a green space, with a drive that will allow for drop off at the entry of the renovated facility.

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Scientists create unique disease ‘catalog’ linked to immune system gene variations

May. 10, 2017—A study led by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy has generated the first comprehensive catalog of diseases in a single population associated with variations in HLA genes that regulate the body's immune system.

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