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Self named co-principal investigator of Vanderbilt’s Clinical and Translational Science Award

Sep. 22, 2022—Wesley Self, MD, MPH, a physician-scientist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been named co-principal investigator (co-PI) of Vanderbilt’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA).  

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Convalescent plasma doesn’t help severely ill COVID patients: study

Jul. 7, 2022—A Vanderbilt clinical trial shows that convalescent plasma, widely given to severely ill patients hospitalized with COVID-19 during the pandemic, does not improve their ability to survive or recover

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Additional COVID vaccine helps protect transplant patients

Apr. 13, 2022—Additional booster doses of vaccine against COVID-19 are particularly important for those who are immunosuppressed, namely those who have had solid organ transplants, a new study shows.

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Vanderbilt and CDC research shows third vaccine dose key to preventing omicron hospitalization

Feb. 9, 2022—Vanderbilt research shows that two doses of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine result in lower effectiveness for preventing hospitalization for the omicron variant than previous variants. However, importantly, a third (“booster”) vaccine dose significantly improves protection against omicron hospitalization up to 86%.

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Grant boosts vaccine effectiveness research

Jan. 6, 2022—by Nancy Humphrey Investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have received a $10.7 million research award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to continue the IVY Research Network, originally created in 2019 to look at how well flu vaccines work at preventing severe flu illness, and expanded in 2021 to enroll patients...

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VUMC, NIH launch clinical trial to test novel therapies to protect host tissue against COVID-19

Jul. 26, 2021—Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers, supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are leading a nationwide clinical trial to explore the safety and effectiveness of a group of novel drugs designed to protect patients hospitalized with COVID-19 at high risk of poor outcomes.

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Study to evaluate effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in preventing hospitalization

Mar. 2, 2021—As the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) considers adding a third COVID-19 vaccine to the rollout, a multicenter study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center will evaluate how effective the vaccines are in preventing hospitalization from COVID-19.

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Convalescent plasma improved survival in COVID-19 patients with blood cancers

Feb. 5, 2021—Treatment with convalescent plasma vastly improved the survival rate of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 who also had hematologic malignances that compromise the immune system, according to new data released by the COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium (CCC19).

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Hydroxychloroquine does not help patients hospitalized with COVID-19: Study

Nov. 9, 2020—Findings from a national study published Nov. 9 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) “do not support” the use of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of adult patients hospitalized with COVID-19, the report concludes.

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Self named VP for Clinical Research Networks and Strategy

Oct. 29, 2020—Wesley Self, MD, MPH, has been appointed Vice President for Clinical Research Networks and Strategy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Clinical trial to test HIV drugs to treat COVID-19

Oct. 16, 2020—Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in collaboration with the University of Colorado and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, is leading one of the first “telemedicine” clinical trials to test a potential treatment for COVID-19.

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Treating appendicitis with antibiotics instead of surgery may be good option for some, but not all, patients

Oct. 5, 2020—Antibiotics instead of surgery may be a good choice for some, but not all, patients with appendicitis, according to results from a study reported today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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