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Reporter May 8 2015

Grant spurs study of rare breathing condition in women

May. 7, 2015—A research team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been approved for a $2.7 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study idiopathic subglottic stenosis (iSGS), a rare condition that inexplicably causes middle-aged women to struggle to breathe.

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Surgery for tongue tie shows some benefits; more research needed

May. 7, 2015—Surgically treating “tongue tie” in infants may be associated with improved breast-feeding and reduced nipple pain, as reported by mothers, but much more research is needed on best practices for treating the condition, according to a newly published systematic review.

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Initiative seeks to boost My Health at Vanderbilt usage

May. 7, 2015—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is stepping up promotion of its secure online patient portal and electronic medical record, My Health at Vanderbilt (MHAV).

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Flag-raising event highlights organ donation awareness

May. 7, 2015—Vanderbilt University Medical Center held its sixth annual Donate Life Flag-Raising Ceremony on Thursday, April 30.

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American Liver Foundation honors Karp, Porayko

May. 7, 2015—The American Liver Foundation (ALF) honored two Vanderbilt Transplant Center physicians during its annual Flavors of Nashville Gala held recently at the Gaylord Springs Club at Opryland Hotel.

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Peek named editor-in-chief of leading gastroenterology journal

May. 7, 2015—Richard Peek, M.D., director of the Vanderbilt Digestive Disease Research Center, has been appointed to a five-year term as editor-in-chief of the medical journal Gastroenterology beginning July 2016.

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Photo: Postdoc research awards

May. 7, 2015— Ashley Stokes, Ph.D., postdoctoral research fellow in the Institute of Imaging Science, received the 2015 Postdoc of the Year award last week at the annual Postdoctoral Research and Shared Resources Symposium in Light Hall.

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Vanderbilt again leaps into top tier of national hospital quality list

May. 7, 2015—Vanderbilt University Hospital has garnered a spring 2015 patient safety grade of “A” from the Leapfrog Group, a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage that works to encourage health care safety, quality and affordability.

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Hill honored by national medical student association

May. 7, 2015—George C. Hill, Ph.D., professor of Medical Education and Administration, emeritus, was recently named the 2015 Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Hall of Heroes recipient.

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Three from VUMC honored by NBJ for community health contributions

May. 7, 2015—Three members of the Vanderbilt community were recently named to Nashville Business Journal’s 2015 class of Health Care Heroes.

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Photo: Learning expert speaks

May. 7, 2015—Stanford University neurobiologist Eric Knudsen, Ph.D., well known for his studies of learning and attention in birds, delivered last week’s Flexner Discovery Lecture in Light Hall. For a complete schedule of the Flexner Discovery Lecture series and archived video of previous lectures, go to

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Findings reveal new target in quest to ease schizophrenia

May. 7, 2015—Vanderbilt University researchers have uncovered a surprising finding that could lead to the development of new, more effective therapies for schizophrenia, which affects more than 2 million Americans.

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