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Reporter Sept 20 2013

Rounds: A message from the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs

Sep. 19, 2013—We are — at our core — a place that cares about people. That caring attitude is reflected in how we “are” with one another, and also with our patients and students.

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Team tracking new options to treat glaucoma

Sep. 19, 2013—Three years ago, a team of researchers led by David Calkins, Ph.D., vice chair and director of Research at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, showed that the first sign of injury in glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness in the United States, occurs in the brain.

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VU testing vaccine against new flu threat

Sep. 19, 2013—Vanderbilt’s Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit (VTEU) is one of nine U.S. sites funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to test the effectiveness of a vaccine to protect against the H7N9 bird flu that emerged in China this spring.

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VU study brings genome’s ‘dark matter’ into light

Sep. 19, 2013—Using technology he helped develop, Vanderbilt University scientist Bryan Venters, Ph.D., has shed new light on the “dark matter” of the genome and has begun to explore a possible new approach to treating cancer.

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New medical coding system nears rollout

Sep. 19, 2013—Starting Oct. 1, 2014, U.S. providers and hospitals will be required to use a greatly expanded medical code set to categorize patient problems and inpatient procedures. The new code set will help sharpen health services analysis, but switching won’t be a simple matter.

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Learning expert Merzenich set for Discovery Lecture

Sep. 19, 2013—Michael Merzenich, Ph.D., author of “Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life,” will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in 208 Light Hall.

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Speech-language association to honor VUMC’s Golper

Sep. 19, 2013—Lee Ann Golper, Ph.D., professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences, is receiving Honors of the Association at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in Chicago in November.

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Photo: Building support

Sep. 19, 2013—Representatives from longtime supporter Balfour Beatty Construction visited the Medical Center recently to present an additional gift in support of the existing Balfour Beatty Research Fund for Personalized Cancer Medicine.

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VU employee wins inaugural Health App Challenge

Sep. 19, 2013—The inaugural Health App Challenge from Vanderbilt University attracted participants from as far away as India, but the winner is an imaging software engineer on campus.

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Lacy’s crystallographic research achievements recognized

Sep. 19, 2013—D. Borden Lacy, Ph.D., associate professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, and Biochemistry, will receive the 2014 Margaret Etter Award from the American Crystallographic Association (ACA) for outstanding achievement and exceptional potential in crystallographic research demonstrated by a scientist at an early stage of their independent career.

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Ultrasound Section of Radiology receives AIUM re-accreditation

Sep. 19, 2013—The Ultrasound Section of Vanderbilt’s Department of Radiology recently received maximum length re-accreditation through the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the largest ultrasound organization in the world.

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Vanderbilt lands American Heart Association award

Sep. 19, 2013—For the sixth consecutive year, Vanderbilt was recently recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) with its Platinum Level Fit-friendly Worksite Award.

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