Reporter Sept 4 2020
VEI launching new ophthalmic technician training program
Sep. 9, 2020—The Vanderbilt Eye Institute (VEI) is launching a new program for ophthalmic technicians, and recruitment for the first class is underway.
Fibroids and birth outcomes
Sep. 8, 2020—Women with three or more uterine fibroids — non-cancerous growths — during pregnancy are more likely to have infants with reduced birthweight and may need additional surveillance.
Possible key to COVID-19 infectivity
Sep. 7, 2020—New findings demonstrate how genetic variations in the receptor that binds SARS-CoV-2 impact virus recognition and infectivity and offer insights to COVID-19 susceptibility and treatment.
New clue to Alzheimer’s disease
Sep. 3, 2020—Combining studies of genetically diverse mouse populations and human data led to the identification of a gene associated with cognitive decline and brain changes in Alzheimer’s disease.
Assembling cell power plant machinery
Sep. 3, 2020—Tina Iverson and colleagues provide a structural view into the assembly of a protein machine essential for cellular energy production.
COVID infections in health workers often go undetected: study
Sep. 3, 2020—Many COVID-19 infections among health care workers go undetected, likely because many people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, have mild or no symptoms, a study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Wesley Self, MD, MPH, shows.
Bick receives Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists
Sep. 3, 2020—Alexander Bick, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Genetic Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is a recipient of the 2020 Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) Career Award for Medical Scientists.
VUMC’s Smith named president of the Tennessee Medical Association
Sep. 3, 2020—M. Kevin Smith, MD, PhD, MMHC, assistant professor of Clinical Medicine, has been named president of the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA). He will serve as president through May 2021.
MPH students dive in to support COVID-19 response
Sep. 3, 2020—Graduates from Vanderbilt’s Master in Public Health (MPH) program didn’t plan to become front-line soldiers against the COVID-19 global pandemic, but several have found themselves putting their training — and their career goals — front and center.
FLUla-2-Uza vaccination campaign kicks off Sept. 8
Sep. 3, 2020—Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s 2020 flu vaccination campaign, FLUla-2-Uza, will kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and run through Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Winkfield to direct Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance
Sep. 3, 2020—Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD, associate professor of Radiation Oncology at Wake Forest University, associate director for Community Outreach and Engagement, and director of the Office of Cancer Health Equity at Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named the new executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance.
Vanderbilt women’s health clinic to debut in Lebanon
Sep. 2, 2020—Access to women’s health and midwifery services is now more convenient than ever for Lebanon and Wilson County residents with the opening of the new Center for Women’s Health Lebanon outpatient clinic, set to open Sept. 9.