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Thursday, January 28th, 2016

It’s been nearly 20 years since Linda McVay was given 44 pages of job listings for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Determined, she read every single one hoping to find anything related to oncology. Finally on page 43 she saw the words she was searching for—medical oncology. McVay was working in a dental office after having […]

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Monday, June 15th, 2015

Lauren Hackett doesn’t consider her personal experience with cancer unique. Throughout her life, the disease has touched the lives of friends, relatives and colleagues. Hackett’s mother won a fight against breast cancer two decades ago, but lost her battle with acute myeloid leukemia in 2010. “We all have similar stories,” she said. Hackett joined Vanderbilt-Ingram […]

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014

From a young age, Scott Sobecki had two loves: medicine and computers. His career path began with the former and gravitated to the latter. Vanderbilt brought them together in one job. Sobecki is the director of the Research Informatics Core at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, leading a 25-person team that develops software to aid researchers in […]

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

There are two computer screens on the desk of Christine Micheel, Ph.D., one constantly monitoring the Web traffic on “I can see how many people are on the website right now and where they are in the world. We get about 1,000 visits every day, and less than half are from the U.S. International […]

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Thursday, November 21st, 2013

This fall, Anne Washburn and her sister Rachel ran a half marathon in memory of their mother Sharon, who died from pancreatic cancer 25 years ago. “I know 25 years is just a number, but it’s a time of reflection. I’m turning 46 and that’s as long as her life was. I think how thankful […]

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Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Administrator Susan Mills manages the mountains of paperwork generated by VICC’s programs and grants.

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Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

When Kate McReynolds, MSC, MSN, ANP-BC, teaches cancer genetics to nursing students, she uses the analogy of a library. A human cell’s nucleus is the physical building, filled with shelves we call chromosomes. On each shelf are hundreds of books called genes. Each book, or gene, contains a recipe for a protein, and together those […]

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Friday, June 29th, 2012

By collecting donor stem cells for transplant, apheresis nurse Carol Kelso, R.N., delivers hope to patients with blood cancers.

Controlling the Data Tsunami

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Biostatisticians like Xi (Steven) Chen, Ph.D., are integral to cancer research, especially in the modern genomics era.

Big Picture Moments

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Clinical trials nurse Wendy Cooper is excited to play a part in bringing research advances from the lab to the clinic.

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