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Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI, Senior Vice President for Health Equity and Inclusive Excellence for Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and Senior Associate Dean for Health Equity and Inclusive Excellence for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, always knew she wanted to be a physician. "Health equity was built into everything I did, even if I didn’t know it or recognize it at the time," Wilkins said. "I have always learned and believed that people are the same — everyone deserves to be healthy, and everyone should have the best opportunities to take care of themselves and their families." Click below to learn more about health equity initiatives.
Vanderbilt was the lead site for an NIH-funded, phase 2, multicenter influenza vaccine study in pediatric allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HCT) recipients that may lead to a change in the current flu vaccine recommendations in this vulnerable population. Natasha Halasa, MD, MPH and colleagues recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, that two doses of high-dose trivalent flu vaccine resulted in higher amounts of influenza-specific antibodies than two doses of standard dose quadrivalent vaccine.

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A Multicenter Access and Distribution Protocol for Unlicensed Cryopreserved Cord Blood Units (CBUs)


This study is an access and distribution protocol for unlicensed cryopreserved cord blood
units (CBUs) in pediatric and adult patients with hematologic malignancies and other
Kassim, Adetola

Product Surveillance Registry

The purpose of the Registry is to provide continuing evaluation and periodic reporting of
safety and effectiveness of Medtronic market-released products. The Registry data is intended
to benefit and support interests of patients, hospitals, clinicians, regulatory bodies,
payers, and industry by streamlining the clinical surveillance process and facilitating
leading edge performance assessment via the least burdensome approach.
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Shen, Sharon

Observation of Low-Dose Skin Electron Therapy in Patients with Refractory or Relapsed Stage IB-IIIA Mycosis Fungoides


This trial collects data on response to low-dose skin electron therapy in patients with stage IB-IIIA mycosis fungoides that does not respond to treatment (refractory) or has come back (relapsed). Collecting data on patient's response to therapy, both in terms of changes in the skin and in terms of quality of life following treatment, may help doctors better predict response to therapy.
Kirschner, Austin

Virtual Patient-Specific 3D Specimen Maps for Adjuvant Head & Neck Radiotherapy Planning


This study measures the impact of patient-specific 3D specimen maps on adjuvant radiation treatment volumes and doses to critical organs.
Topf, Michael

Intraoperative Identification and Stimulation of the Glossopharyngeal Nerve


This clinical trial evaluates different nerve patterns to the throat muscles (stylopharyngeus and pharyngeal constrictor) and what they look like in different patients by measuring and photographing them in the neck during surgery when the nerves are dissected (separated into pieces) as part of regular surgical care. Researchers think that some of the muscles in the neck might be useful for treating a condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This happens when muscles of the throat relax at night and the airway becomes blocked. Blockage of airflow leads to drops in oxygen levels and can disturb sleep by forcing a persons brain to wake to restore airway muscles so they can breathe. This trial may help researchers provide a new way to treat OSA that may be better than the current standard ones.
Ceremsak, John

MRI and 18F-Fluoromisonidazole PET/CT Scan for Assessing Tumor Hypoxia and Guiding Adaptive Radiation Therapy in Patients With Head and Neck Cancer or Brain Metastases


This clinical trial is studying how well magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in combination with 18F-fluoromisonidazole (18F-FMISO) positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) scans works in assessing a decrease in the amount of oxygen (hypoxia) in tumor cells and in guiding adaptive radiation treatment in patients with head and neck cancer or cancer that has spread to the brain from where it first started (brain metastasis). Both head and neck cancer and brain metastases can be treated with radiation. Previous research studies have shown that the amount of oxygen that goes towards cancer cells prior to their radiation treatments predicts how the cancer cells will respond to radiation treatment. MRI is a type of imaging technique that uses radio waves and large magnets to produce detailed images of areas inside the body. 18F-FMISO is a radioactive substance that binds to hypoxic tumor cells and emits radiation, allowing the tumor cells to be visualized using PET/CT, which is an imaging technique that combines PET and CT in a single machine. It is used to make detailed, computerized images of inside the body. By combining MRI with 18F-FMISO PET/CT, researchers may be able to develop an MRI sequence that can be used to evaluate hypoxia in tumor cells and predict response to treatment in patients with head and neck cancer or brain metastases.
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De vis, Jill

CIBMTR Research Database


The primary purpose of the Research Database is to have a comprehensive source of
observational data that can be used to study HSC transplantation and cellular therapies.

A secondary purpose of the Research Database is to have a comprehensive source of data to
study marrow toxic injuries.


To learn more about what makes stem cell transplants and cellular therapies work well such

- Determine how well recipients recover from their transplants or cellular therapy;

- Determine how recovery after a transplant or cellular therapy can be improved;

- Determine how a donor's or recipient's genetics impact recipient recovery after a
transplant or cellular therapy;

- Determine how access to transplant or cellular therapy for different groups of patients
can be improved;

- Determine how well donors recover from the collection procedures.
Kassim, Adetola

Vincristine Pharmacokinetics in Infants


This pilot trial compares drug exposure levels using a new method for dosing vincristine in infants and young children compared to the standard dosing method based on body surface area (BSA) in older children. Vincristine is an anticancer drug used to a variety of childhood cancers. The doses anticancer drugs in children must be adjusted based on the size of the child because children vary significantly in size (height, weight, and BSA) and ability to metabolize drugs from infancy to adolescence. The dose of most anticancer drugs is adjusted to BSA, which is calculated from a patients weight and height. However, infants and young children have more severe side effects if the BSA is used to calculate their dose, so new dosing models have to be made to safely give anticancer drugs to the youngest patients. This new method uses a BSA-banded approach to determine the dose. Collecting blood samples before and after a dose of the drug will help researchers determine whether this new vincristine dosing method results in equivalent drug levels in the blood over time in infants and young children compared to older children.
Borinstein, Scott

Evaluation of Patient Reported Outcomes in Patients with Digestive System and Lung Neuroendocrine Cancer, NET-PRO study


This study evaluates the patient reported outcomes in patients with digestive system neuroendocrine cancer and lung neuroendocrine cancer. Patients with neuroendocrine cancer usually have a high symptom burden which may have a negative effect on health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Patient questionnaires gather information describing symptoms and effect on quality of life, cancer type and any treatments received. Studying quality of life in patients receiving treatment for neuroendocrine cancers may help identify the effects of treatment and improve future treatment plans. Information gathered from this study may help researchers understand whether patient's diagnosis, symptoms, and order of cancer treatments have any effect on quality of life.
Ramirez, Robert

Biomarker Verification in Pediatric Chronic GvHD: ABLE 2.0 / PTCTC GVH 1901 Study

This study will validate a previously developed pediatric prognostic biomarker algorithm
aimed at improving prediction of risk for the later development of chronic graft-versus-host
disease (cGvHD) in children and young adults undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell

By developing an early risk stratification of patients into low-, intermediate-, and
high-risk for future cGvHD development (based upon their biomarker profile, before the onset
of cGvHD), pre-emptive therapies aimed at preventing the onset of cGvHD can be developed
based upon an individual's biological risk profile.

This study will also continue research into diagnostic biomarkers of cGvHD, and begin work
into biomarker models that predict clinical response to cGvHD therapies.
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Kitko, Carrie