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Vanderbilt Health DNA: Discoveries in Action

On Season 3, we explore how the current watershed era of change cascades into our lives and impacts mental and physical wellbeing. Medicine, science and communities are at a formative moment of recognizing the interplay between our bodies and minds with the shifting landscapes of nature and society. Yet, long-held stigmas and stereotypes persist. Join our community on Twitter @vumc_insights and watch this feed for new episodes in September. #ListenDNA


Surviving vs. Thriving: Social Determinants of Wellness
Does your environment affect your health and wellbeing? Explore what prevents you from bringing your whole self to work, school and your personal relationships. Experts weigh in on the question: Can you thrive if your mental and physical health aren’t in sync? 
48:49 09/19/2022
Reading, Writing and Anxiety
Psychiatrists break down what children are experiencing, how they might be processing it, and what’s happening in a system unequipped to triage, treat, or prevent the ever-increasing prevalence of mental health diagnosis in children and adolescents.
43:18 09/12/2022
Shapeshifters: Changing the Mental Health Story
Communities and culture affect everyone’s mental health. Experts from Vanderbilt Health explain why the mental health system needs a new shape – and why we’re all shapeshifters of sorts when it comes to our mental wellbeing. 
40:13 09/05/2022
Producer’s Cut: Mental Health x Teens
First step toward better collective mental wellbeing? Talking about mental health. So that’s what DNA did. This episode is a snippet of a ListenDNA live conversation on Twitter featuring experts from Vanderbilt Health and teens from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee discussing how to break through the stigma.
24:14 08/22/2022
Vanderbilt Health DNA: Discoveries in Action Season 3
Season 3 is bursting with new elements to spark collaboration and conversation. Check out gold moments from the first four episodes that explore why mental wellness is a pursuit, not a destination, and how it’s influenced by the people and environment around us.
03:54 08/08/2022
Where do broken hearts go?
Modern medicine doesn't have a tonic for lovesick hearts, but an astounding number of people get heart transplantations in Nashville, TN. The path to transplantation is as much of an emotional rollercoaster as an exhibit of advances, courage and despair. Hear what it takes to make sure hearts keep beating well into the future. 
36:36 10/25/2021
‘Think Deeply:’ What Matters To You?
The ultimate goal is to live confidently and enjoy life on our terms. Let’s make sure we’re leaving on the same note. It’s a script flip: this episode isn’t morbid; it’s a sign to prioritize your values and wishes. Get comfortable with the uncomfortable.
35:14 10/18/2021
Mutant Ninjas: How Researchers Are Conquering Viruses
While most of us hunkered down as COVID-19 swept the U.S., these experts stepped up to examine the latest chapter of the age-old human-pathogen relationship. Dive into what fuels them, what keeps them up at night and why it’s vital to keep up the chase to neutralize SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses, such as influenza.
33:23 10/11/2021
Climate Is Us
Climate change is the ultimate social determinant of health so let’s amplify its impact on our wellbeing and our ecosystems, and make it a variable in decision-making. We’re all neighbors on this planet: research, health and prosperity depend on action.
37:13 10/04/2021
Step It Up
Clinical trials are the workhorse of research that move all types of care forward. But it’s a Herculean task to get people enrolled. Hear what needs to change as research learns from the COVID-19 sprint — and why we should be rolling up the proverbial sleeve. 
32:52 09/27/2021
Throw out the Textbook
There is no return to a pre-COVID routine. Healthcare industry is undergoing a seismic transformation amid COVID-19, and these Vanderbilt experts are at the heart of it all. Learn how amplifying teamwork, representation, and research are central to battling misinformation and saving more lives.
28:46 09/20/2021
Y’all Means All
Communities are powered by people—and the variety of lives, jobs, schedules, and skills keep cities buzzing. Providing care means healthcare has to show up for "y’all" no matter the gender identity, work schedule, or preferred language.
35:34 09/13/2021
Go Boldly: Stigma, the gut, and young adult colon cancer
Get loud about what happens in the bathroom. You might find this awkward, but these four experts don’t because there’s a rise in young adult colon cancer. Find out why you need to be cognizant of what you flush, and explore research on the gut’s microbiome.
24:59 09/06/2021
I See You: Humanizing Critical Care
The pandemic introduced critical care, or the ICU, to millions of people who worried about ventilators and hospital beds. Find out why an ICU stay is unlike other in-patient admissions and why the specialty exists. Critical care doctors talk about their COVID-19 experience and explain why it’s vital to make sure patients keep their dignity.
34:31 08/30/2021
Blueprint for a Pandemic-Ready Society
The next pathogen is inevitable. The good news: the human immune system is a dynamic information system that can be boosted and educated. Getting ready, and staying ready, means shifting how the global “we” talk about, and plan for, survival. 
26:35 08/23/2021
Vanderbilt Health DNA: Discoveries in Action Season 2
Explore trust, authenticity and inclusivity in the era of COVID-19 on Season 2 – as well as climate change, evolving ICU care, health equity, why hard conversations matter, and why the rise in young adult colon cancer rates means it's time to bust the stigma (and more!). New episodes drop every week starting Aug. 23. Enjoy this sneak peek.
04:48 08/16/2021
Local Heroes: REDCap’s Innovation Nation
The “big science” fueling health and medicine discoveries is often powered by REDCap, which has 1.4 million global users—and counting as COVID-19 studies pop up. Its creator explores how local heroes are mission critical to versatility and its popularity.
22:53 10/12/2020
Everybody Thrive Now: Why Health Policy Matters
From treating babies with opioid withdrawal to setting prices for life-saving treatments and medications, health care policy decisions have a direct impact on our quality of life. 
24:22 10/05/2020
Dr. Superman: Diversity and Inclusion
2020 is a pivotal moment as society and institutions confront racism, bias and inclusion in health care and the U.S. A cardiologist, a pediatric trauma surgeon and a director of innovation explain why change is requisite for health, well-being and children.
33:19 09/28/2020
The Genome Files: How #bigdata Tailors Treatment
Precision (personalized) medicine takes the guesswork out of treatment, and it all begins with a single data point. Studying one to understand all.
24:27 09/21/2020
Ripple Effect: COVID-19 Upends Health & Society
COVID-19, a newcomer to the human menagerie, is unleashing tectonic shifts and magnifying cracks in society and health care. Vanderbilt Health physicians guiding us through this era pinpoint what needs to change and how far this pandemic will reverberate. 
31:24 09/14/2020
Shadow Influence: Imposter Syndrome
Inhibitions from imposter syndrome, while not a disorder, can amplify the fear of phoniness and spoil achievements. Delve into possible roots of imposter syndrome, the neurology of anxiety, and how your origin story may be a germ. 
24:11 09/07/2020
Being Human: Neurosurgeons on the Unknown
We’re realizing the brain is more of a collection of cities linked by highways rather than isolated regions. Neurosurgeons explore how fully mapping the interplay could give insight into who we are – and how long it might take to do it.
25:53 08/31/2020
The Lenses We Wear: Unconscious Bias
If you’re alive you have bias: Our brains process 11 million bits a second so those that surface are the lens through which we see. The problem arises that lens becomes a compass. Reflect on how cracking our lens helps us see clearer.
28:42 08/24/2020
Vaccines: Pandemics vs Prosperity
Start here: how did the social good and necessity of vaccines get up for debate? Then hear why diseases are hopscotching around the world faster than ever, how tech is evolving, and how leading physician-scientists want us to talk about vaccines.
32:58 08/17/2020
The Futurist: Your Life, Your Genes, Your Care
When the global pandemic arrived in Nashville, a telehealth sprint launched to keep people in sync with their medical care. Now, look into the future with Vanderbilt Health leaders to imagine a system that fuses genes, life and care for better health.
27:49 08/10/2020
Introducing Vanderbilt Health DNA: Discoveries in Action
Vanderbilt Health DNA brings you the big ideas and breakthroughs in science, tech and medicine from Vanderbilt Health. New episodes will drop here every week – sharing insights on COVID-19, neurosurgery, vaccines, imposter syndrome and more. Enjoy this sneak peak, before the first episode drops August 10.
03:46 07/17/2020