MPH's Schaffner explains how unsafe delivery of the measles vaccine can kill

June 5, 2017

In a remote village in South Sudan, 15 children died from severe toxicity caused by contaminated measles vaccines, government health investigators said Thursday. The National Adverse Events Following Immunization Committee, supported by the World Health Organization, and UNICEF vaccine safety experts examined the cases and those of 32 other children who suffered fever, vomiting and diarrhea. Dr.

In NEJM, Heimburger's looks at the benefits of NIH's Fogarty International Center

May 30, 2017

A new perspective in The New England Journal of Medicine on the benefits of preserving the NIH's Fogarty International Center for Americans and for the world by former Fogarty Scholar Dr. Paul K. Drain, former Fogarty Fellow Dr. Ramnath Subbaraman, and Fogarty grantee Dr. Douglas C. Heimburger.

MPH alumnus Barocas honored by Society of Urologic Oncology

May 22, 2017

Daniel Barocas, M.D., MPH, associate professor of Urologic Surgery, recently received the Society of Urologic Oncology’s (SUO) Young Investigator Award at the group’s 2017 annual meeting in Boston. The award is “recognition by the Society of excellence in clinical practice and/or basic research that has contributed to improvement of clinical care and progress in science.”

Current MPH student McGinnis is named as an alternate finalists by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program

May 11, 2017

Katie McGinnis, M.P.H. candidate in the Global Health track, was named an alternate for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for 2017-18. Katie is one of fifteen Vanderbilt students and alumni to be selected by the Fulbright program. Of this group, nine were offered grants (“finalists” in Fulbright parlance). Six students have been named alternates, an important designation, as many alternates subsequently become grantees.

MPH’s Cooper finds male infants at increased risk for NAS

May 5, 2017

Male infants are more likely at birth than their female counterparts to be diagnosed with drug withdrawal symptoms, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), and to require treatment, according to a new Vanderbilt study published in Hospital Pediatrics. The retrospective cohort study used vital statistics and prescription, outpatient and inpatient data for mothers and infants enrolled in the Tennessee Medicaid program between 2009 and 2011. Of the 102,695 mother-infant pairs enrolled, 484 male subjects and 443 female infants were diagnosed with NAS.

MPH alumna Nicolson discovers clue to recurrent C. diff infection

May 5, 2017

Diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) increasingly afflicts some children and adults. In 20 percent of patients, CDI will recur after therapy. In a study published this month in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, Maribeth Nicholson, M.D., MPH, and colleagues report that children who experience recurrent CDI may have higher fecal inflammatory markers including lactoferrin, calprotectin and IL-8.

MPH alumni Halasa and Patel receive VUMC Excellence in Teaching Awards

May 5, 2017

Since 2000, the VUMC Academic Enterprise has honored faculty members for Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Contributions to Research. Recipients were nominated by their faculty colleagues and chosen by the 2017 VUMC Academic Enterprise Faculty Awards Selection Committees. Recipient of the JOHN S. SERGENT AWARD Teaching Medical or Graduate Students in the Small Group SettingNatasha B. Halasa, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics