July 5, 2016

VUMC in the news

A roundup of a few recent positive stories from the press about Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, has continued to be a major source to comment on news about the Zika virus, this past week giving interviews to ABC News, WKRN News 2 and People magazine. He was also quoted in an ABC News story on health effects of heavy flooding in West Virginia, and an NBC Nightly News story on hand sanitizers.

The seventh annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, a partnership between the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and the Academy of Country Music, convened June 22-29. More than 30 participants from across the country attended this year’s camp, which has a dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome and providing music enrichment through performance and education. The camp featured sessions with entertainment industry professionals including RaeLynn, Carrie Underwood, Maddie & Tae and Montgomery Gentry and culminated with a performance at the Grand Ole Opry with Rascal Flatts. Media highlights include Rolling Stone Country, Billboard Country, CMT.com, Country Aircheck, MusicRow on June 27, 28 and 29, Taste of Country and Rare Country

Following the death last week of University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt, Laura Lee Dugan, M.D., professor of Medicine and the Abram C. Shmerling, M.D., Professor of Alzheimer’s and Geriatric Medicine, was interviewed by WKRN News 2, WSMV Channel 4, and WTVF News Channel 5 about Alzheimer’s disease and research into the disease at VUMC.

News releases from VUMC News and Communications on fireworks safety and tips for avoiding sicknesses caused by dirty swimming pools were picked up by numerous news sources, including WZTV Fox 17, Fox 13 news in Memphis WTVF News Channel 5 and WKRN News 2.