Research Reopening at Vanderbilt
Career Development
Wellness/Coping with COVID-19
Other/Ongoing Resources
Video, Slides, and Other Resources from Previous Events

Research Reopening at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt Genome Editing Resource (VGER) Resumes Operations

Dr. Mark Magnuson, director of VGER, emailed users on 5/18 stating that “we have been approved to implement Phase 1 of Vanderbilt’s Research Ramp-Up Plan. This means that we are now accepting new mouse genome editing projects, and will resume performing procedures beginning the week of May 26th

“During Phase 1 of the ramp-up, either email or virtual meeting applications such as ZOOM or Skype are required for all communications with VGER staff. Appointments to collect reagents can be scheduled upon request.”

VUMC Lab Operation Ramp-up Guidelines

Includes information on phased reopening [5/8/20]: PDF
Additional resources to facilitate Phase 1 transition can be found on the Office of Research’s Contingency and Continuity Planning site.

University Return to Campus Plan

Additional information on phased reopening [5/15/20]

Via Dean of the Graduate School Mark Wallace in a message to graduate students: “The university is initiating Vanderbilt Phase I reopening effective Monday, May 18, as outlined in the Return to Campus plan.  Vanderbilt Phase I includes ramping up research efforts on campus to 33% occupancy in research spaces. Note that these efforts should be restricted to those who need to be on-campus to conduct their research.

“Prior to resuming research operations, the Vanderbilt 4-Phase Research Ramp-Up requires each lab to submit an intake form outlining their plans for this process.  The form must be approved for research to resume.  Once your lab has been approved via this intake form, you will receive an e-mail detailing how to complete an acknowledgement for your return to the lab. Only after your lab has been approved and your acknowledgement has been completed should you return to your lab.”

Career Development

Ground Level: Fresh Brewed Mentoring

Fridays at 12:00 PM (Zoom meeting)

Assistant Dean of Clinical & Translational Scientist Development Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD, takes your questions and discusses resources at Vanderbilt, the research environment, strategy, and more. Come with questions or just to chat and/or vent.

Zoom access information:
Password: 515207


Discover, Learn, and Share: COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium (CCC-19): Creation, Execution and Initial Data Informing COVID-19 Infection in Cancer Patients

Thursday, June 4, at 4 PM (Zoom Meeting)

Co-hosted by Brian Rini, MD, FASCO, Chief of Clinical Trials, and Jeremy Warner, MD, MS, FAMIA, FASCO, Associate Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics.

Zoom access information

All of Us Program Invites Researchers to Test New Research Workbench

This early version of the Researcher Workbench includes data from nearly 225,000 participants, 75% of whom are from communities that are historically underrepresented in research, and more than 45% of diverse races and ethnicities. Researchers will find information from electronic health records; six initial surveys covering demographics, lifestyle factors, and overall health; and baseline physical measurements taken by program staff. Note that researchers will need experience with R or Python programming languages to conduct analyses on the current version of the platform.

Visit the Researcher Workbench

Wellness/Coping with COVID-19

Vanderbilt Behavioral Health – Self-Care Breaks

Every weekday at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM (Zoom meeting)

You are a priority. Join us for mini self-care breaks for activities including mini yoga exercises, mindfulness sessions, grounding techniques, and more.

Zoom access information:
Call-in: 312-626-6799

Osher Center Live-streamed Support Group for Providers

Thursdays from 8:30-9:30 AM and 8:30-9:30 PM

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is offering online VUMC Provider mindfulness groups beginning Thursday, April 2, to foster resilience in response to the stress and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will learn empirically supported mind-body skills to support self-care and stress management for this challenging situation. Groups will occur via Zoom and will be led by providers from the Osher Center. Groups are offered online and occur weekly in two time slots. VUMC providers are welcome to attend on a weekly basis or as schedules and needs allow.

Zoom access information:

Osher Center Live-streamed Guided Mindfulness Meditation Practices

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 12:15 PM and 8:30 PM
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:15 PM and 5:45 PM

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine offers free 10-minute, live streamed, guided mindfulness meditation practices. These online sessions are appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators and are open to anyone — VUMC clinicians and staff, patients and friends in the community.

The aim is to create space for a brief pause in the midst of high demands and great uncertainty so that the body and mind can “reset,” providing a few moments to rest the attention through grounding, anchoring, breathing and bringing awareness into the body and into the moment. This practice is foundational for stress reduction. Even brief mindfulness practices have been shown to help enhance mental clarity as well as physiological and emotional well-being in the face of life stressors and difficulties.

Zoom access information:

Osher Center Live-streamed Movement Classes

Monday-Friday at 12:30 PM
Thursdays at 5:30 PM

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt offers free mid-day 30-minute and end-of-day 15-minute live-streamed guided movement practices beginning Monday, April 6. These online sessions are appropriate for any level of experience and are open to all VUMC clinicians and staff. Movement is a powerful tool for increasing vitality and reducing stress. These offerings will use the basics of yoga, qigong, breathing and meditation. The intention is to teach individuals how to harness their breath to promote relaxation and clarity.

These classes may benefit individuals who suffer from stress, uncertainty, pain, poor sleep, anxiety and stiffness.

– Quiet setting
– Enough space by your computer or smart phone for standing and for movements in a chair (without an armrest)
– Room to lie down

Zoom access information:

Other/Ongoing Resources

Continuing Education Opportunity: Conquering COVID

A 20-question QuizTime course offers one CME credit for answering questions about the pandemic on your phone. If you took the course in April, the new version still offers CME credit as it has been significantly updated. Register.

Hotel Stay Program

Rooms available for employees working with VUMC patients for $10 per night:

NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education

This site offers many virtual resources for career development and wellness for Trainees Outside the NIH.

Guidance & FAQs for Research Community

VICTR COVID-19 Guidance for the Vanderbilt Research Community [4/23/20]

Updated Guidance for VUMC Research Enterprise Functions [5/5/2020]

Updated Guidance for VUMC Non-clinical Functions [5/5/2020]

Videos, Slides, and Other Resources from Past Events

Video from Medicine Grand Rounds: Mental Health During a Pandemic (4/2/2020).

Members of Vanderbilt’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences share information and coping strategies for health care providers during the current pandemic. K23 awardee Lindsey McKernan, PhD, MPH, speaks on managing fear and other emotions through grounding, relaxation and mindfulness, and leads an exercise in the latter, starting at 48:02.

Video, Slides, and Transcript from the Town Hall on the Research Enterprise Transition to Phase One (5/13/20)

Questions about all aspects of Phase One are answered by research leadership. (Click “VUMC Town Halls” to see options for downloading.)

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