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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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Treatment Response and Biomarker-Guided Steroid Taper for Children with GVHD

Multiple Cancer Types

This phase II trial studies the treatment response for patients with acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). GVHD occurs when donor immune cells attack the healthy tissue of a bone marrow or stem cell transplant patient. The standard treatment for GVHD is to lower the activity of the donor cells by using steroid medications such as prednisone. But steroid treatment may cause many complications and the risk of these complications increases with higher doses of steroids and longer treatment. It is important to find ways to decrease the steroid treatment in patients who do not need long courses. Researchers are doing this study to find out how many subjects respond well to lower steroid dosing based on a blood test (GVHD biomarker) and if they develop fewer complications.
Miscellaneous, Pediatrics
Kitko, Carrie

A Study of miRNA 371 in Patients with Germ Cell Tumors


This trial studies whether the blood marker micro ribonucleic acid (miRNA) 371 can predict the chance of cancer returning in patients with germ cell cancers. Studying samples of blood from patients with germ cell cancers in the laboratory may help doctors predict how likely the cancer will come back.
Rini, Brian

Fluid Measurements and MRI in Determining Biomarkers of Lymphatic Dysfunction in Patients with Breast Cancer


This trial uses fluid measurements of the arm and MRI to determine biomarkers of lymphatic dysfunction in patients with breast cancer. Studying the lymphatic system (the part of your body that helps to process and clear waste products) in different ways will help doctors understand more about lymphedema (excess fluid after lymph nodes are removed) and help with prevention and management of lymphedema in patients with breast cancer.
Donahue, Manus

Prophylactic Reinforcement of Ventral Abdominal Incisions Trial


This trial is being conducted to evaluate the efficacy of Phasix Mesh implantation at the
time of midline fascial closure compared to primary suture closure in preventing a subsequent
incisional hernia in subjects at risk for incisional hernia after open midline laparotomy
Pierce, Richard

A Study to Compare Two Surgical Procedures in Individuals with BRCA1 Mutations to Assess Reduced Risk of Ovarian Cancer


This clinical trial studies how well two surgical procedures (bilateral salpingectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy) work in reducing the risk of ovarian cancer for individuals with BRCA1 mutations. Bilateral salpingectomy involves the surgical removal of fallopian tubes, and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy involves the surgical removal of both the fallopian tubes and ovaries. This study may help doctors determine if the two surgical procedures are nearly the same for ovarian cancer risk reduction for women with BRCA1 mutations.
Brown, Alaina

Long-term Follow-up Study for Participants of Kite-Sponsored Interventional Studies Treated With Gene-Modified Cells

Multiple Cancer Types

The goal of this clinical study is to learn more about the long-term safety, effectiveness
and prolonged action of Kite study drugs, axicabtagene ciloleucel, brexucabtagene autoleucel,
KITE-222, KITE-363, KITE-439, KITE-585, and KITE-718, in participants of Kite-sponsored
interventional studies.
Hematologic, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Pediatric Leukemia, Pediatric Lymphoma
Kassim, Adetola

Web-Based Physical Activity Intervention in Improving Long Term Health in Children and Adolescents with Cancer

Multiple Cancer Types

This randomized clinical phase III trial studies how well web-based physical activity intervention works in improving long term health in children and adolescents with cancer. Regular physical activity after receiving treatment for cancer may help to maintain a healthy weight and improve energy levels and overall health.
Pediatric Leukemia, Pediatrics
Esbenshade, Adam

A Combined Biomarker Model for Risk Stratification of Indeterminate Pulmonary Nodules - A Multicenter Prospective Observational Pilot Study


This study is being done to evaluate a combined biomarker model for risk stratification of indeterminate pulmonary nodules.
Grogan, Eric

Evaluation of Immunologic Response following COVID-19 Vaccination in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults with Cancer


This study evaluates immunologic response following COVID-19 vaccination in children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer. Vaccines work by stimulating the bodys immune cells to respond against a specific disease. The immune response produces protection from that disease. Effects from cancer and from treatments for cancer can reduce the bodys natural disease fighting ability (called immunity). Factors such as vaccine type, timing of vaccine dosing related to treatment for cancer and number of vaccine doses or boosts (extra vaccine shots) may strengthen or diminish the bodys protective immune response. This study may help researchers learn more about how the bodys immune system responds to the COVID-19 vaccine when the vaccination is given during or after cancer treatment.
Esbenshade, Adam

Targeted Therapy Directed by Genetic Testing in Treating Pediatric Patients with Relapsed or Refractory Advanced Solid Tumors, Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas, or Histiocytic Disorders (The Pediatric MATCH Screening Trial)

Multiple Cancer Types

This Pediatric MATCH screening and multi-sub-study phase II trial studies how well treatment that is directed by genetic testing works in pediatric patients with solid tumors, non-Hodgkin lymphomas, or histiocytic disorders that have progressed following at least one line of standard systemic therapy and/or for which no standard treatment exists that has been shown to prolong survival. Genetic tests look at the unique genetic material (genes) of patients' tumor cells. Patients with genetic changes or abnormalities (mutations) may benefit more from treatment which targets their tumor's particular genetic mutation, and may help doctors plan better treatment for patients with solid tumors or non-Hodgkin lymphomas.
Lymphoma, Miscellaneous, Pediatric Solid Tumors
Borinstein, Scott