Research Round-up

From the Winter 2017 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Reducing antidepressants’ side effects Medicines used to treat depression, called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), can increase bleeding risk and bleeding time and disrupt platelet aggregation in the gastrointestinal tract. SSRIs prevent cells from taking up the neurotransmitter serotonin that … Continued

Global Ambition

From the Summer 2016 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

  Growing up in the small rural village of Yetebon, Ethiopia, Kidane Amare Sarko could step just outside his thatched-roof, mud and wood hut and see his future. He could see his father, who could neither read nor write, work … Continued

Eureka Moment

From the Summer 2016 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

A decade before the FDA’s 1997 initial approval of deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy, the technique was developed in Grenoble, France. Alim-Louis Benabid, M.D., Ph.D., and Pierre Pollak, M.D., utilized the effect of high-frequency stimulation on a patient’s tremor during … Continued

Research Round-up

From the Summer 2016 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Immune defenses in asthma Patients with asthma are at increased risk for invasive bacterial infections and bacterial pneumonia, but the mechanisms that impair their immune system defenses against pathogens are unknown. Melissa Bloodworth, R. Stokes Peebles, Jr., M.D., and colleagues … Continued

Varun K. Menon

From the Summer 2016 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

President of the first-year class and one of 91 first-year medical students who began their VUSM journey in July with a week of orientation activities and the traditional White Coat ceremony Born at Vanderbilt when his father, Satish Menon, D.O., … Continued

Losses

From the Summer 2016 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Charles Cannon, M.D., HS ‘64, ‘74, died Feb. 17. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; children, Windsor, Julia and Grady; and six grandchildren. C. Whitney Caulkins Jr., M.D., HS ‘48, died Jan. 20. He was 93. Dr. Caulkins is … Continued

Alumni News

From the Summer 2016 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

1950s Richard Lester, M.D., ‘53, HS ‘54, BA ‘50, was awarded the Samuel Buford Word Award at the Alabama Medical Association meeting. The award is presented in recognition of service to humanity beyond the scope of medical practice, with such … Continued

The Zika Virus

From the Winter 2016 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Zika is a virus transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, which also transmits dengue and chikungunya. A widespread epidemic of Zika virus infection was reported in 2015 in South and Central America and the Caribbean.