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Reporter Oct 8 2021

Pandemic spurs expansion of surgical care for underserved

Oct. 7, 2021—When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down international travel necessary for overseas medical initiatives, Vanderbilt's Rondi Kauffmann, MD, MPH, began brainstorming ways to extend surgical care to those in need much closer to home.

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Study seeks to improve kidney transplant outcomes among Black patients

Oct. 7, 2021—  by Bill Snyder Vanderbilt University Medical Center is participating in a national study aimed at answering some hard questions about kidney transplantation in the African American community, with the goal of improving patient outcomes. Black Americans are nearly four times more likely than whites to develop kidney failure requiring dialysis. Up to 70% of...

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Amphibians offer clues to climate change resiliency

Oct. 7, 2021—  by Bill Snyder Like the “canary in the coal mine,” the worldwide decline of amphibian populations, including frogs, toads and salamanders, during the past 50 years may be a harbinger of emerging infections and environmental changes that endanger humankind, as well. Just as important, some amphibian species have begun to recover from the global...

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Study finds genetic testing useful for young AFib patients

Oct. 7, 2021—Vanderbilt research shows that genetic testing in patients with early-onset atrial fibrillation can identify variants associated with more serious cardiomyopathy and arrhythmia syndromes that may otherwise remain undiagnosed.

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Boosta-Palooza

Oct. 7, 2021—VUMC employees were able to receive a single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at this week's Boosta-Palooza event.

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Nominations sought for VUSM Research Staff Awards

Oct. 7, 2021—  by Bill Snyder Nominations are being accepted for the 2021 Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Research Staff Awards. The awards honor research staff members who provide exemplary support at all levels to the Research Enterprise. Award recipients will receive a $1,000 cash prize and will be honored at an awards luncheon. The following awards are...

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Lindenfeld honored by Heart Failure Society of America

Oct. 7, 2021—Vanderbilt's JoAnn Lindenfeld, MD, has received the Pioneer Award from the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) for being an innovator and pioneer in the field of heart failure.

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Lecture details legacies of Levi Watkins, Vivien Thomas

Oct. 6, 2021—At Tuesday’s Levi Watkins Jr. MD Lecture, George C. Hill, PhD, delivered the keynote address, “Dr. Levi Watkins and Mr. Vivien Thomas: Memories and Lessons Learned from Two Outstanding Lives of Service.”

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Pediatricians seeing increase in children with MIS-C after latest COVID surge

Oct. 6, 2021—  by Jessica Pasley More than 195 cases of multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) have been reported statewide since May 2020, according to Tennessee Department of Health data. The number of cases has more than tripled since early February when the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed about 51 cases in Tennessee....

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AstraZeneca seeks emergency approval for COVID-19 antibodies isolated at VUMC

Oct. 5, 2021—Biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has requested emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a long-acting antibody combination originally developed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to protect against COVID-19.

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VUMC research contributed to first COVID-19 pill now under review

Oct. 1, 2021—Vanderbilt research helped allow pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. to authorization for the first oral antiviral pill to treat COVID-19.

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VUMC awarded $31.7 million to harmonize Alzheimer’s research data

Oct. 1, 2021—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has received a $31.7 million federal grant to harmonize research data gathered on human subjects in scores of disparate studies of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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