January 16, 2020

Vanderbilt University Medical Center tied for first place as the busiest heart transplant program by volume in the United States in 2019. VUMC performed a record 118 heart transplants last year -- 96 adult and 22 pediatric patients -- topping the previous year's record of 109. It tied with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for the busiest heart transplant center in the country. Read more...

Vanderbilt-led team discovers new genetic disease


Studies that started in zebrafish have now pointed to a role for collagen secretion in a wide variety of clinical symptoms -- and in a newly identified genetic syndrome. Read more...

Study sheds light on link between cannabis, anxiety and stress


A molecule produced by the brain that activates the same receptors as marijuana is protective against stress by reducing anxiety-causing connections between two brain regions, Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers report. Read more...

VUMC study to use artificial intelligence to explore suicide risk


With the help of a five-year, $2.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center will use computational methods to shed light on suicidal ideation and its relationship to attempted suicide, predict suicidal ideation and suicide attempt using routine electronic health records (EHRs) and explore the genetic underpinnings of both. Read more...

Martin Luther King Jr. morning program, lecture set for Jan. 20


The fifth annual VUMC MLK Morning Tribute Program will take place Monday, Jan. 20, in the north lobby of Light Hall. All employees are welcome and invited to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read more...

Parking expense to become pretax payroll deduction


The end of 2019 ushered in changes to existing federal tax law. As a result, the Medical Center can now treat employee parking expenses as a pretax deduction. Read more...

Home with a cold or the flu? It's OK to snuggle with your pet, infectious disease doctor says.


Dogs and cats can't catch or spread human disease and "are a comfort, not a hazard" Read more...

Take action by Feb. 1 to maintain access to VUMC email from personal devices


If you are an active user of Microsoft Outlook Exchange for email and calendar from a personal device, the way you access VUMC email is changing on Feb. 1, 2020. Read more...

Next Red Cross blood drive at Light Hall is Jan. 21


The American Red Cross holds blood drives at VUMC the first and third Tuesdays of every month. Read more...

Stories from this week's VUMC Reporter are available now


Stories from this week's edition of the VUMC Reporter are now posted. Read more...