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Reporter Oct 14 2016

Flulapalooza 2016

Oct. 14, 2016—Biomedical sciences graduate student Erica Tross, right, receives a flu shot from Kim Steanson, DNP, at Tuesday’s Flulapalooza mass vaccination event. Organizers say 14,048 employees, students and volunteers received vaccinations at this year’s event.

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Study may help predict anxiety risk in children

Oct. 13, 2016—In what could be a way to predict which children might be vulnerable to anxiety disorders, a Vanderbilt study has shown that an altered prefrontal cortex function in the brain marks a heightened anxiety risk in children.

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Johnson recounts lessons from parents, Watkins

Oct. 13, 2016—As the guest speaker for the 15th annual Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., Lecture, Kevin Johnson, M.D., M.S., provided an energetic and entertaining overview of how his personal and professional accomplishments were influenced by “Lessons and Other Things My Parents Didn’t Teach Me.”

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EGF receptor found to regulate macrophage inflammation in gut

Oct. 13, 2016—Researchers at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine have uncovered a link between epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signaling and the inflammatory response to bacterial infection in the gastrointestinal tract.

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Hamid named to lead Division of Pediatric Genetics

Oct. 13, 2016—Rizwan Hamid, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University, has been named chief of the Division of Pediatric Genetics and Genomic Medicine, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

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Grant spurs research on how nerves guide organ function

Oct. 13, 2016—Michelle Southard-Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of Medicine in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, has won a major award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support her research on how nerves control organ function.

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Estrada named to MSTP operations leadership role

Oct. 13, 2016—Lourdes Estrada, Ph.D., assistant professor of Cancer Biology, has been named associate director for Academic Programs and Operations for the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).

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Drug dependency clinic set to open in Springfield

Oct. 13, 2016—As Tennessee’s opioid epidemic escalates and the prevalence of opiate dependency in pregnancy continues to require additional resources, Vanderbilt will open another Drug Dependency Clinic at the Vanderbilt Center for Women’s Health at NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield, Tennessee.

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Allen recalled as dedicated clinician, educator, researcher

Oct. 13, 2016—Longtime Vanderbilt University School of Medicine faculty member Joseph Allen Jr., M.D., professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, emeritus, died Sept. 16 at 91.

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Screening mammograms now offered at four locations

Oct. 13, 2016—One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and those cancers are often detected through screening mammograms. A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray of the breast that enables an imaging specialist to look for changes in breast tissue that could indicate cancer.

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Autoimmune diseases expert Kappler set for next Discovery Lecture

Oct. 13, 2016—John Kappler, Ph.D., a pioneer in the study of autoimmune diseases, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in room 208 Light Hall.

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Engle’s Discovery Lecture

Oct. 13, 2016—Pediatric neurologist Elizabeth Engle, M.D., center, talks with Vanderbilt’s Christopher Williams, M.D., Ph.D., and Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D., after her recent Flexner Discovery Lecture.

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