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Reporter Sept 18 2020

Rational vaccine design

Sep. 22, 2020—Understanding immunity generated by smallpox vaccine may hold lessons for COVID-19 vaccine development.

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Throwing weight around on the internet

Sep. 21, 2020—What users mention in online weight loss forum tracks with how much weight they lose.

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Study finds COVID-19 antibodies drop substantially in the weeks following infection

Sep. 17, 2020—The antibody levels to SAR-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, substantially drop in the weeks following infection, according to a study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Stead to step down from Chief Strategy Officer role after decades of remarkable contributions

Sep. 17, 2020—Visionary — someone who thinks about the future or advancements in a creative and imaginative way, a person who is ahead of her or his time and who has a powerful plan for change in the future. Such a person is William “Bill” Stead, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Chief Strategy Officer, McKesson Foundation Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Professor of Medicine.

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Grant from Google to support COVID gene expression study

Sep. 17, 2020—Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill have been awarded $500,000 by Google’s philanthropy, Google.org, to study how COVID-19 alters gene expression in some people in ways that may be linked to their risk of severe illness and death.

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Nerve repair treatment leads to new career goals for patient

Sep. 17, 2020—When Blair Wheeler banged her elbow on the court floor as she dived for a ball during a high school volleyball game, she had no idea that split second would completely change her life.

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Eskind gift to boost research on autism spectrum disorder

Sep. 17, 2020—Donna and Jeffrey Eskind, whose generous gifts have advanced Vanderbilt research that is improving lives, have made a new commitment of $2 million to endow a new chair in autism spectrum disorder research in the School of Medicine.

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Center for Genetic Privacy lands major grant renewal

Sep. 17, 2020—The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has awarded a four-year, $4 million grant renewal to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Center for Genetic Privacy and Identity in Community Settings (GetPreCiSe).

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New device may aid advanced heart failure patients

Sep. 17, 2020—Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI) has implanted its first V-Wave, an interatrial shunt device, as a part of a multi-center clinical trial.

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HHS Secretary Azar visits VUMC

Sep. 17, 2020—U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar visited VUMC Tuesday, Sept. 15, to learn more about the Medical Center’s ongoing Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trial and the convalescent plasma trial.

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HIV prevention medication not being prescribed routinely: study

Sep. 17, 2020—Only about 54% of medical practitioners surveyed say they have prescribed pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, to HIV-vulnerable patients, according to a new study by a Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigator.

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Chic Awearness Sept. 24 virtual event to focus on ovarian cancer research

Sep. 17, 2020—Chic Awearness, in collaboration with the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, will host a virtual event on Sept. 24 focusing on ovarian cancer research and its impact during COVID-19.

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Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer.  Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Momentum

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer. Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

Vanderbilt Medicine

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

VUMC campus

VUMC campus

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

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