Reporter May 29 2020
Multinational consortium reports COVID-19 impact on cancer patients
May. 28, 2020—People with cancer sickened by COVID-19 have a crude death rate of 13%, according to the largest series of data released thus far from a multinational perspective. The data on more than 900 patients, published May 28 in The Lancet and simultaneously presented at ASCO20 Virtual, also revealed cancer-specific factors associated with increased mortality.
Churchwell to lead Vanderbilt’s diversity, inclusivity initiatives in permanent role
May. 27, 2020—André L. Churchwell has been named vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer for Vanderbilt University, a position he has held on an interim basis since June 2019.
Darby lands award for research on complex human behaviors
May. 27, 2020—For outstanding contributions to research in behavioral neurology, Ryan Darby, MD, assistant professor of Neurology, has won the 2020 Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral Neurology from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).
Collaborative project from VU and VUMC improves intubation box safety for COVID-19 caregivers
May. 27, 2020—As hospital and health care staff across the country continue learning more about the transmission and spread of COVID-19, caregivers for coronavirus patients continue adapting to the changing needs and best practices for personal protective equipment (PPE).
Study to test cognitive rehab therapy for ICU survivors
May. 27, 2020—Vanderbilt University Medical Center will study adult survivors of medical and surgical intensive care at high risk for long-term cognitive impairment to see if computerized cognitive rehabilitation (CCR) is effective in improving cognition in ICU survivors who often have trouble doing complex tasks, maintaining their finances and staying employed.
Fleming, Law receive education awards from Academy for Excellence in Education
May. 27, 2020—The Academy for Excellence in Education, established in 2007 to reinvigorate the education enterprise within Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, recently honored Geoffrey Fleming, MD, professor of Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine and Janice Law, MD, assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.
Target trials support drug safety in pregnant patients
May. 27, 2020—Out of concern for fetal safety, pregnant people have typically been excluded from drug trials. And when human health is on the line, drug studies assessing fetal safety in animal models may be viewed as far from definitive.
Gilmer named to International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
May. 27, 2020—Mary Jo Gilmer, PhD, MBA, professor of Nursing, has been selected for induction into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Experts offer tips for managing and monitoring adolescent mental health
May. 27, 2020—As families are managing the restrictions that the COVID-19 pandemic presents, doctors at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are urging parents to pay close attention to the behaviors of their children.
Forbes named new chief of Division of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
May. 27, 2020—Rachel Forbes, MD, MBA, associate professor of Surgery, has been appointed chief of the Division of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation in the Department of Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, effective June 1.
Research probes why COVID-19 seems to spare young children
May. 27, 2020—Lung disease experts at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and their colleagues have determined a key factor as to why COVID-19 appears to infect and sicken adults and older people preferentially while seeming to spare younger children.
Doxycycline ineffective at shrinking aortic aneurysms in two-year study
May. 26, 2020—Common antibiotic doxycycline reduces inflammation without changing aneurysm growth