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Rising obesity rates in South leading to rapid increase in diabetes

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Rising obesity rates in several Southern states are leading to a rapid increase in new cases of diabetes among both black and white adults. A new study helmed by investigators at the University of Texas Health Science Center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) found the risk of diabetes is double for black patients.

DNA damage repair: molecular insights

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The first line of defense against skin cancer is the ability to repair DNA damage caused by UV light. Walter J. Chazin, PhD, and colleagues investigated how XPA – a protein involved in the repair of certain DNA damage – interacts with DNA and the effects of several disease-associated mutations in XPA on its molecular structure and ability to bind DNA.

Art donation to benefit VICC Radiation Oncology patients

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Artist Rhonda Jennette, second from right, donated animal-themed art for display in the Radiation Oncology department. Shown here with Jennette are, from left, Mark Stavas, M.D., Leslie Mader, R.N., OCN, and Eric Shinohara, M.D., MSCI. (photo by Susan Urmy)

New faculty profile: Tuya Pal, M.D.

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Tuya Pal, M.D., associate professor of medicine and Ingram Associate Professor of Cancer Research., specializes in cancer genetics and health disparities among diverse populations.

Lopez named Vanderbilt’s liaison to Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

Carlos F. Lopez, assistant professor of biochemistry and biomedical informatics, has been appointed as Vanderbilt University’s liaison to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest science and energy laboratory conducting research in energy and security.

VICC’s annual Cancer Survivors Celebration set for Sept. 10

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) will host the 2017 Cancer Survivors Celebration Sunday, Sept. 10, from 2–4 p.m. This year’s free event, offered in partnership with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, will be held at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center, 310 25th Ave. South. “This year, to celebrate our community impacted by cancer, we’re […]

Cancer-fighting T cells are smarter, stronger than experts thought

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Scientists studying the body’s cancer-fighting T cells have a serious problem: When they culture them in the lab, the T cells sit around at equilibrium, waiting to bump into cancerous cells. But that’s not how they operate inside the body. There, they are motorized little bloodhounds, actively seeking out infected cells. In this active mode, […]

Early drivers of gastric cancer

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Gastric cancer – a leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide – is commonly diagnosed at a late stage when most patients have a poor prognosis. Wael El-Rifai, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues are exploring the molecular alterations that drive gastric carcinogenesis, to improve early detection, treatment and prevention. They previously showed that knocking out (eliminating) the […]

Munyon named to new radiation therapy oversight board

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Karen Munyon, MBA, director of Finance and Operations for Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), has been appointed to the Tennessee Radiologic Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board of Examiners. She is one of nine individuals appointed by the Tennessee governor or state lawmakers to the newly created oversight board. Karen Munyon, MBA While […]

Shyr named chair of Department of Biostatistics

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Yu Shyr, Ph.D., Harold L. Moses Professor of Cancer Research and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Quantitative Sciences, has been named chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Biostatistics. He will assume the post Sept. 1. Yu Shyr, Ph.D. Shyr succeeds Frank Harrell Jr., Ph.D., professor of Biostatistics and founding chair of the department, who is […]

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