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Gene variants and transplant drug dose

May. 9, 2022—Genotyping multiple enzymes that metabolize the immunosuppressive drug tacrolimus — common used for lung transplant recipients — is important for correct dosing of the drug, Vanderbilt researchers found.

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Transplant Pharmacy program helps track medication adherence

Apr. 7, 2022—A computer program developed by VUMC transplant pharmacists and pharmacy IT technicians is helping patients adhere to the often-strict medication regimens required after undergoing a transplant.

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Donate Life T-shirts available at VUH Gift Shop

Mar. 16, 2022—Donate Life T-shirts are available at The VUH Gift Shop, which is located on the second floor of Medical Center East, just over the sky bridge and across from the MCE Pharmacy. The shirts, which are limited in supply, are $15.99 and can be worn in support of April as Donate Life Month. In addition,...

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Relating to transplant patients comes naturally for Sizemore

Jan. 27, 2022—When Vanderbilt's Kanisha Sizemore, CPhT, helps transplant patients with their medications, she knows what they’re going through.

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The challenge of rejection

Oct. 28, 2021—Minimizing variation in how rejection is diagnosed and creating standardized surveillance protocols may help inform best practices in pediatric heart transplants.

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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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‘Pre-conditioning’ restores immune tolerance

Sep. 16, 2021—A treatment targeting T-cell metabolism could reinvigorate immune tolerance mechanisms to combat autoimmune disease and transplant rejection, Vanderbilt researchers discovered.

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Transplant program reaches milestone 10,000th procedure

Oct. 1, 2020—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has completed its 10,000th organ transplant, a monumental achievement representing nearly 60 years of life-saving work.

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Congenital heart patient receives unexpected transplant

Aug. 12, 2020—For years, doctors told Piper Davis it was impossible to have a heart transplant. She was born with just one ventricle, or pumping chamber, instead of two. A generation ago, such patients didn’t survive into adulthood.

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Post-transplant diabetes may be reversible: study

Feb. 20, 2020—Post-transplantation diabetes mellitus (PTDM), a common complication of immunosuppressive drugs that are given to prevent transplant rejection, may be reversible and at least partially preventable, researchers at VUMC report.

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Stem cell recipient and donor meet in person for first time

Feb. 6, 2020—Josh Ferris was sitting in a hunting blind on Nov. 15, 2018, the first day of deer season in Michigan and the one-year anniversary of his stem cell donation, when he received an email from Todd Adams of Nashville, the recipient of his life-saving gift.

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Applications sought for Transplant Infectious Diseases/Immunocompromised Host Fellowship Program

Dec. 16, 2019—The Division of Infectious Diseases is seeking applicants for its new Transplant Infectious Diseases/Immunocompromised Host (TID/ICH) Fellowship Program.

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