V-CREATE published in Circulation

August 6, 2019

Work by Dr. Freiberg and Dr. Beckman was recently published in Circulation, the Journal of the American Heart Association. The work shows that independent of traditional risk factors, the presence of microvascular disease increases the risk of amputation alone and synergistically increases risk in patients with peripheral artery disease.The full article can be found here. 

Sudden Cardiac Death and HIV at CROI

March 20, 2019

Dr. Freiberg presented "Sudden Cardiac Death Among HIV-Infected and -Uninfected Veterans” on behalf of V-CREATE team members at this year's Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle. The authors of this project are Matthew S. Freiberg, Meredith S. Duncan, Suman Kundu, Asri Mumpuni, Emily Epstein, Annie Bedigian, Amy C Justice, Eric Vittinghoff, and Zian Tseng.

V-CREATE research recognized at AHA Scientific Sessions 2018

November 13, 2018

V-CREATE researcher, Meredith Duncan, was recognized at the 2018 AHA Scientific Sessions with the Paul Dudley White International Scholar Award for the highest rated abstract from the United States. Duncan's abstract utilized Framingham Heart Study data to examine the impact of quitting smoking relative to cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. Prior evidence supports rapid elimination of excess risk within a few year since quitting, but these data were simulated or derived using cohorts with few assessments of smoking status during follow-up.

V-CREATE grant bolsters peripheral artery disease research

November 13, 2018

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) recently secured its third American Heart Association (AHA) Strategically Focused Research Network (SFRN) award to address the challenges of limb problems in peripheral artery disease (PAD). The four-year, $3.7 million grant will provide funding for the Medical Center’s project “Microvascular Disease Determines Limb Outcomes in PAD.”

New HIV research training program launched

September 25, 2018

A new HIV research training program launched as a joint effort by V-CREATE director, Dr. Matthew Freiberg and Dr. John Koethe of the Department of infectious Diseases called Vanderbilt Scholars in HIV and Heart, Lung, Blood and Sleep Research, or V-SCHoLARs will focus on heart, lung, blood and sleep (HLBS) disorders in people living with HIV/AIDS. The new training program was recently featured in the VUMC Reporter.

Drs. Tindle & Wells Personalized Smoking Study Featured

November 27, 2017

Center investigators, Dr. Hilary Tindle and Dr. Quinn Wells, have been working on personalizing tobacco cessation treatment. Current smokers interested in quitting can get tested for the speed of nicotine metabolism ("normal" or "slow"), which may help in pharmaceutical tailoring. This work has been featured on research news @ Vanderbilt.

Nashville VACS Site Up & Running

November 17, 2017

The Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in Nashville is the newest site of the Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS). The Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS) is a prospective, observational cohort study of HIV- positive and an age/race/site matched control group of HIV- negative veterans in care in the United States. 
 More information about the overall study can be found on Yale's VACS website.