April 18, 2017

VUMC in the news

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

James Crowe Jr., M.D., Ann Scott Carell Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, was featured in an NBC News story about research indicating that an antibody treatment can cure monkeys of the Marburg virus.

Washington Post reporter Joel Achenbach interviewed William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, for a story about how CRISPR could soon become a low-cost diagnostic tool to determine if someone has an infectious disease such as Zika. ABC News and several other outlets also quoted Schaffner in coverage of a mumps outbreak in Texas.

Modern Healthcare reported on Vanderbilt research on the possible regeneration of eye tissue. The piece quotes James Patton, Ph.D., Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences, professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, and professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

Forbes published a story about Healthy Tennessee and efforts by Manish Sethi, M.D., associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, to bring better health to the state and beyond through that organization, which he founded.

A Tennessean story on treating pain without opioids quotes David Vago, Ph.D., associate professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and research director at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Jenna Walters, M.D., assistant professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and director of medical student and resident education at the Vanderbilt Pain Management Center, is quoted in a related Tennessean article about the opioid epidemic.

Purnima Unni and Emily Riley of Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention team were live on WKRN News 2 throughout the morning newscasts Thursday, April 13, to talk about important safety tips for children.

David Penson, M.D., professor and chair of Urologic Surgery, was quoted in an NPR report, broadcast on “Morning Edition,” and a New York Times story about routine prostate cancer screening. New federal recommendations suggest men discuss screening options with their physician.