VUbrief
January 5, 2018
Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University ranks No. 4 on Kiplinger’s ‘best value’ list

Vanderbilt University is ranked No. 4 among private universities on the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of “300 Best College Values for 2018,” behind Princeton, Harvard and Duke. On the combined list, which includes the top 300 private universities, private liberal arts colleges and public universities, Vanderbilt moved up one place from last year to be ranked No. 7 overall. Among the factors Kiplinger’s considers in its annual rankings are the competitiveness of a school’s admission rate, the percentage of its students who return for sophomore year, its student-faculty ratio and its four-year graduation rate. On the cost side of the equation, the magazine looks for schools with a reasonable price tag, generous need-based aid for students who qualify, and low student debt. MORE

Asthma study may point to potential new therapeutic approach

A team of Vanderbilt investigators has discovered that a specific factor is critical for the movement of certain white blood cells from the bone marrow to the lungs, where they participate in allergic and inflammatory diseases. The findings, reported in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, [and supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Veterans Health Administration] suggest a new therapeutic approach for asthma and other allergic diseases: preventing the cells that respond to allergens from getting to their sites of action. The studies may also improve understanding of why some people are more or less susceptible to allergic diseases. MORE

Phillippi’s study of team-based maternity care bolstered by grant

Julia Phillippi, PhD, CNM, has received a K08 Career Development Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Phillippi, a Vanderbilt University School of Nursing assistant professor and certified nurse-midwife, will use the three-year, $399,374 mentored award to conduct a randomized trial of an interdisciplinary team-based maternity care model and examine the preferences of patients and providers. MORE
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