Reporter May 15 2020
Probing innate immunity
May. 19, 2020—Manuel Ascano team validates an inhibitor of the cGAS-STING signaling pathway, which is important for cellular innate immunity against bacteria, viruses, and our own damaged DNA.
Implant one day may replace dialysis
May. 18, 2020—Vanderbilt researchers used pharmacological manipulations to increase salt and water transport by kidney cells grown in culture, a step necessary for realizing an implantable artificial kidney device.
Core principles guiding the COVID-19 response and beyond
May. 15, 2020—During a first-ever virtual leadership assembly necessitated through social distancing, Vanderbilt University Medical Center leaders answered questions about the Medical Center’s response to COVID-19 so far and what the future could hold.
Antibodies eye Pacific Island “fever”
May. 14, 2020—Vanderbilt Vaccine Center team isolates monoclonal antibodies against Ross River virus, which causes rash, fever and debilitating muscle and joint pain lasting three to six months.
The adaptable anthrax bacterium
May. 14, 2020—Vanderbilt researchers discover how anthrax bacterium defends itself against structural damage and resists the toxicity of the antimicrobial drug targocil.
VUMC Farmers’ Market opening postponed
May. 14, 2020—The VUMC Farmers’ Market, which usually opens in early June on the Medical Center plaza, will delay its opening due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Telehealth transforms VUMC patient-provider connections during pandemic
May. 14, 2020—At the time Tennessee’s first case of COVID-19 was reported on March 5, direct-to-patient telehealth visits averaged just 10 a day at all of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s outpatient clinics; less than a month later, outpatient telehealth appointments had skyrocketed to more than 2,000 per day.
Twelve honored as emeriti faculty
May. 14, 2020—Vanderbilt University recently honored several faculty members for their years of service and bestowed on them the title of emeritus or emerita faculty Daniel H. Ashmead, Ph.D. – Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences. He received a B.S. in Psychology from Brown University and his Ph.D. in Child Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He pursued...
Yin receives early investigator MERIT Award from NCI
May. 14, 2020—Zhijun Yin, PhD, assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has received the National Cancer Institute’s Method to Extend Research in Time Award (or MERIT Award) for Early Stage Investigators.
VUSM students highlighted in Forbes’ COVID-19 feature
May. 14, 2020—Two Vanderbilt University School of Medicine students — Leah Chisholm and Kianna Jackson — were among the women highlighted in a Forbes feature “14 Women of Color Medical Students and Graduates Who Matched Share on Soon Joining the Front Lines Amid COVID-19.”
Dietitian Mills receives Outstanding Preceptor Award
May. 14, 2020—Beth Mills, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, Dietitian IV, Nutrition Coordinator, was named 2020 Outstanding Preceptor of the Year by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
Recognition of graduating students takes new approach
May. 13, 2020—On Friday, May 8, Vanderbilt University Schools of Medicine and Nursing and the Basic Sciences celebrated students earning degrees. They will have the opportunity to return to the Vanderbilt University campus in May 2021 for the University-wide official Commencement ceremony.