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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.

https://momentum.vicc.org/2021/09/everyone-deserves-to-be-healthy/
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.

https://news.vumc.org/2023/03/02/high-dose-flu-vaccine-beneficial-for-pediatric-stem-cell-transplant-patients/

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A Study of ASTX030 (Cedazuridine in Combination With Azacitidine) in MDS, CMML, or AML

Multiple Cancer Types

Study ASTX030-01 is designed to move efficiently from Phase 1 to Phase 3. Phase 1 consists of
an open-label Dose Escalation Stage (Stage A) using multiple cohorts at escalating dose
levels of oral cedazuridine and azacitidine (only one study drug will be escalated at a time)
followed by a Dose Expansion Stage (Stage B) of ASTX030. Phase 2 is a randomized open-label
crossover study to compare oral ASTX030 to subcutaneous (SC) azacitidine. Phase 3 is a
randomized open-label crossover study comparing the final oral ASTX030 dose to SC
azacitidine. The duration of the study is expected to be approximately 48 months.
Leukemia, Myelodysplastic Syndrome, Phase I
I/II/III
Savona, Michael
NCT04256317
VICCHEMP19146

Nivolumab with or without Azacitidine in Treating Patients with Recurrent Resectable Osteosarcoma

Multiple Cancer Types

This phase I/II trial studies the best dose and side effects of azacitidine and how well it works with or without nivolumab in treating patients with osteosarcoma that has come back (recurrent) and can be removed by surgery (resectable). Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as nivolumab, may help the body's immune system attack the cancer, and may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as azacitidine, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. Giving nivolumab and azacitidine together may work better compared to nivolumab alone in treating patients with osteosarcoma.
Phase I, Sarcoma
I/II
Borinstein, Scott
NCT03628209
VICCPED2012