MPH alums Williams and Creech test shorter antibiotic course in children

December 7, 2016

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) are leading a multicenter clinical trial to evaluate whether a shorter course of antibiotics — five days instead of 10 — is effective at treating community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in children who show improvement after the first few days of taking antibiotics.

MPH faculty member, Yu Shyr, elected as AAAS fellow

November 28, 2016

Nine Vanderbilt University faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science this year. Yu Shyr, Ph.D., Harold L. Moses Professor of Cancer Research, and professor of biostatistics, biomedical informatics, cancer biology and health policy, for distinguished contributions in integrative methods development for biostatistics and bioinformatics and high impact applications of these methods for discovery in cancer biology.

MPH's Schaffner: Universities on alert as mumps cases surge in US

November 22, 2016

Mumps outbreaks across the U.S. have sickened nearly 3,000 people, close to three times as many as in 2015, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the University of Missouri, for example, a current outbreak has so far led to 31 confirmed cases of the disease and 27 other suspected cases. Colleges and universities have typically been at the center of many mumps outbreaks, Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told ABC News in a previous interview.

MPH's Gonzales weighs in on domestic partner health care options

November 14, 2016

Unmarried couples looking for domestic partner health care benefits may encounter some unwelcome changes this open-enrollment season. After the June 2015 landmark Supreme Court decision that declared bans against same-sex marriage unconstitutional, many Fortune 500 companies started to rethink their health care coverage for unmarried partners. Now that same-sex partners can get married, the thinking goes, there’s no need to continue to offer domestic partner coverage.

In MMWR, MPH graduate reports on the first confirmed cases of Rift Valley Fever in Uganda since 1968

November 3, 2016

Vanderbilt MPH Program graduate Annabelle de St. Maurice, M.D., M.P.H., reports on the first confirmed cases of Rift Valley fever in Uganda since 1968 in the November 4, 2016 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). De St. Maurice is an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

MPH faculty member lands humanitarian award from national anesthesiology group

October 27, 2016

Mark Newton, M.D., professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and director of the Vanderbilt International Anesthesia program, has been awarded the 2016 Nicholas M. Greene, M.D., Outstanding Humanitarian Contribution Award by the Global Humanitarian Outreach (GHO) Committee of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the primary specialty society for anesthesiology.

MPH's Moon awarded NIH grant to strengthen research capacity in Ebola-affected countries

October 27, 2016

Troy Moon, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases and VIGH, has been awarded a research training grant from the NIH to evaluate and build a research capacity program in implementation science and clinical trial management to address Ebola, Lassa fever and other viral hemorrhagic fevers in Sierra Leone. This grant is part of a new initiative to design training programs for health researches in Ebola-affected countries.