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HPV Symposium Set For March 1

Vanderbilt University Medical Center will host an educational symposium on human papillomavirus (HPV) and associated cancers on Friday, March 1, from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center Preston Research Building, 2220 Pierce Ave, in room 898-J. The free symposium for health care practitioners is sponsored by VUMC and the HPV-Associated…

Posted by on January 28, 2019 in News, TIPs 2017

Artificial Intelligence

Introducing The University Course: The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Written by Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering Doug Fisher and Assistant Professor of English Haerin Shin Over the past decade, Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has progressed in leaps and bounds, becoming a key fabric of our everyday lives and oft-mentioned in our popular discourse. Even as tech-enthusiasts such as Ray Kurzweil envision…

Posted by on January 14, 2019 in News, The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI)


So, you walk your dog every day – does your doctor know?

Written by David Schlundt, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology The more we study physical activity, the more we understand its impact on our health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 150 minutes of moderate physical activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity each week. If you walk your dog for 10…

Posted by on January 8, 2019 in News, TIPs 2017

Idea generation with colleagues with different expertise on the big “What If’s” to advance the field

The Strategy & Innovation Session: Where Do We Go Next?

Written by Sarah Ray, Administrative Intern (Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital) Surely you have been curious about the results of last week’s Strategy and Innovation Session. In fact, I’m sure you are quite eager to hear the next steps for addressing the “Vandy Reach: Putting Obesity Science to Work” Initiative! Don’t worry, you can rest…

Posted by on December 7, 2018 in News, TIPs 2017


Vandy Reach to Host Upcoming Strategy and Innovation Session: A Cultivating Opportunity for Health Systems Collaboration

Written by Sarah Ray, Administrative Intern (Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt) What if told you that a flawless method exists for integrating a clinical decision support system into a healthcare practice? Well, then, I would be lying. A clinical decision support system is an electronic tool used by clinicians, physicians and patients to…

Posted by on November 9, 2018 in News, TIPs 2017


Making the Most of your Doctor’s Appointment

Written by LauraBeth Burgess, RD Did you know that doctors – on average – spend less than 15 minutes with each patient during their annual visit? That’s about the amount of time it takes to clean up your desk or grab a snack from the cafeteria. The way today’s health care system has evolved results…

Posted by on November 1, 2018 in News, TIPs 2017


Reducing the Risk of HPV Associated Cancers

Written by Ronald D. Alvarez, MD, MBA A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) examined trends in HPV-associated cancer incidence from 1999-2015 using data from cancer registries covering 97.8 percent of the U.S. population. The report found that 30,115 and 43,371 new cases of HPV-associated cancers were reported in 1999 and 2015,…

Posted by on October 18, 2018 in News, TIPs 2017


1 in 3 children are overweight or obese by the time they enter kindergarten; what can we do about it?

Two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese and almost one in three children are overweight or obese by the time they enter kindergarten. The United States spends approximately $147 billion annually on health issues related to obesity, and its associated chronic disease consequences are the result of complex interactions between individual…

Posted by on October 4, 2018 in News, TIPs 2017

Representative spectra obtained using the Raman Spectroscopy system.

Collaboration Between the Departments of Otolaryngology, Biomedical Engineering and Medicine for Earlier Diagnosis of Throat Cancer

Written by G. Thomas, C. Burton Wood, MD, Justin R. Shinn, MD and Young J. Kim, MD HPV-related cancers of the tonsils and the base of the tongue have increased rapidly over the last few decades. These cancers are often small and do not cause many symptoms in early stages, so many patients are not…

Posted by on July 25, 2018 in News, TIPs 2017

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Students from University Course ‘Historic Black Nashville’ Visit Fort Negley

The University Course ‘Historic Black Nashville’ was offered for the second time during the spring 2018 semester. To chronicle some of the highlights of the course, several students authored blogs reflecting on site visits the class took during the semester. Over the next few weeks, these blogs will be published on the VU BreakThru webpage….

Posted by on June 18, 2018 in Historic Black Nashville, News

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