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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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Discovering Outcomes in Clonal Hematopoiesis: The Clonal Hematopoiesis and Inflammation in VasculaturE (CHIVE) Registry and Biorepository


Bick, Alexander

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for Pain Management in Patients with Extremity Soft Tissue Sarcoma


This clinical trial studies the effect of the ERAS pain management method in managing pain after surgery in patients with extremity soft tissue sarcoma. Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, or ERAS, is a pain management method that places emphasis on managing risk factors (things like smoking, nutrition and fitness), using multiple types of pain control, and early movement, with the goal of improving patient outcomes. ERAS has been shown to reduce the length of time some patients stay in the hospital, reduce complications from surgery, and even lower costs of some surgeries. ERAS is designed may help cut down on the use of these narcotics in managing the pain of surgery patients. The purpose of this trial is to demonstrate that ERAS is safe and effective for patients having surgery to treat their sarcoma. Specifically, this study will look at using a non-narcotic pain management program that includes other methods of managing the pain of sarcoma surgery patients.
Lawrenz, Joshua

Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Efficacy of ASTX727 in Combination With Venetoclax in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

Multiple Cancer Types

The Phase 1 portion of this study is a single-arm, open-label, multicenter, non-randomized
interventional study to evaluate the pharmacokinetic (PK) interaction, safety, and efficacy
of ASTX727 when given in combination with venetoclax for the treatment of newly diagnosed
acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in adults who are age 75 years or older, or who have
comorbidities that preclude use of intensive induction chemotherapy. The primary purpose of
the study is to rule out drug-drug interactions between ASTX727 and venetoclax combination
therapy by evaluating area under the curve (AUC) and maximum plasma concentration (Cmax)
exposure. The Phase 2 portion of the study is to assess the efficacy of ASTX727 and
venetoclax when given in combination and to evaluate potential PK interactions. Phase 2 will
follow the same overall study design as Phase 1 and has two parts, Part A and Part B.
Leukemia, Phase I
Savona, Michael

Hypofractionated Radiotherapy followed by Surgery for the Treatment of Soft Tissue Sarcomas


This phase II trial studies the effect of hypofractionated radiotherapy followed by surgery in treating patients with soft tissue sarcoma. Hypofractionated radiation therapy delivers higher doses of radiation therapy over a shorter period of time and may kill more tumor cells and have fewer side effects. Giving hypofractionated radiotherapy followed by surgery may allow patients with sarcomas to be treated in a much more rapid and convenient fashion.
Shinohara, Eric

A Study of Combination Chemotherapy for Patients with Newly Diagnosed DAWT and Relapsed FHWT

Multiple Cancer Types

This phase II trial studies how well combination chemotherapy works in treating patients with newly diagnosed stage II-IV diffuse anaplastic Wilms tumors (DAWT) or favorable histology Wilms tumors (FHWT) that have come back (relapsed). Drugs used in chemotherapy regimens such as UH-3 (vincristine, doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, carboplatin, etoposide, and irinotecan) and ICE/Cyclo/Topo (ifosfamide, carboplatin, etoposide, cyclophosphamide, and topotecan) 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. This trial may help doctors find out what effects, good and/or bad, regimen UH-3 has on patients with newly diagnosed DAWT and standard risk relapsed FHWT (those treated with only 2 drugs for the initial WT) and regimen ICE/Cyclo/Topo has on patients with high and very high risk relapsed FHWT (those treated with 3 or more drugs for the initial WT).
Pediatrics, Wilms / Other Kidney (Pediatrics)
Benedetti, Daniel

EA2176: Phase 3 Clinical Trial of Carboplatin and Paclitaxel +/- Nivolumab in Metastatic Anal Cancer Patients


This phase 3 trial compares the addition of nivolumab to chemotherapy (carboplatin and paclitaxel) versus usual treatment (chemotherapy alone) for the treatment of anal cancer that has spread to other places in the body (metastatic). 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. Chemotherapy drugs, such as carboplatin and paclitaxel, 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 together with carboplatin and paclitaxel may help doctors find out if the treatment is better or the same as the usual approach.
Eng, Cathy

Study to Learn More About the Safety and Effectiveness of the Drug VITRAKVI During Routine Use in Patients With TRK Fusion Cancer Which is Locally Advanced or Spread From the Place Where it Started to Other Places in the Body

Multiple Cancer Types

In this observational study researcher want to learn more about the effectiveness of drug
VITRAKVI (generic name: larotrectinib) and how well the drug is tolerated during routine use
in patients with TRK fusion cancer which is locally advanced or spread from the place where
it started to other places in the body. TRK fusion cancer is a term used to describe a
variety of common and rare cancers that are caused by a change to the NTRK (Neurotrophic
Tyrosine Kinase) gene called a fusion. During this fusion, an NTRK gene joins together, or
fuses, with a different gene. This joining results in the activation of certain proteins (TRK
fusion proteins), which can cause cancer cells to multiply and form a tumor. VITRAKVI is an
approved drug that blocks the action of the NTRK gene fusion. This study will enroll adult
and paediatric patients suffering from a solid tumor with NTRK gene fusion for whom the
decision to treat their disease with VITRAKVI has been made by their treating physicians.
During the study, patients' medical information such as treatment information with VITRAKVI,
other medication or treatments, changes in disease status and other health signs and symptoms
will be collected within the normal medical care by the treating doctor. Participants will be
observed over a period from 24 to 60 months.
Pediatric Solid Tumors, Pediatrics
Borinstein, Scott

A Quality Improvement Initiative to Prevent Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Among Gynecologic Oncology Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy

Multiple Cancer Types

Cervical, Gynecologic, Ovarian
Brown, Alaina

Impact of DHT on Swallowing Physiology in HNCa Patients


Topf, Michael