As part of the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN), the Vanderbilt Center for Undiagnosed Diseases (VCUD) strives to discover the etiology of undiagnosed diseases, as well as determine the pathophysiology of rare and new diseases, and identify better diagnostic and treatment options by examining detailed family history, phenotyping, lab, genotyping, environmental exposure, and other clues. The impact of our findings will be amplified by sharing these results across the network to identify commonalities amongst patients with such a rare disease. This process will accelerate and ensure that our efforts will benefit the health of the American public, which is the compelling reason for this initiative.

The Vanderbilt Center for Undiagnosed Diseases is located in Nashville, TN, as part of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Vanderbilt). Our research team is made up of over 30 researchers, staff, and collaborators, and is led by two expert researchers: Dr. John A Phillips III (PI), who is the David T. Karzon Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology and Medicine, and Dr. John Newman (Co-PI), who is the Elsa S. Hanigan Professor of Pulmonary Medicine, and Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician, and is a pioneer in the care and research of genetic pulmonary diseases. The research team draws from their combined 90 years of medical expertise.

Following in the Medical Center’s long tradition of excellence in interdisciplinary medical care, the VCUD fosters excellence in patient oriented care and research. We will synergistically combine clinicians, other health care providers, investigators and a variety of resources at Vanderbilt. We will use innovative methods to obtain and review patient information, such methods including specialized software developed at Vanderbilt such as REDCap, ROCKET, ResearchMatch, and StarPanel. We will also leverage other Vanderbilt programs such as VICTR Studios to recruit experts in multiple clinical and research specialties to guide future research in rare diseases.




Email: UDN@vanderbilt.edu
Fax: (615) 343-0144


Searching for answers to complicated ailments
April 12, 2016
My Southern Health

Undiagnosed Diseases Network helps patients with rare conditions
March 22, 2016
Channel 4, WSMV Nashville

Vanderbilt Opens Center For Undiagnosed Diseases
March 15, 2016
Newschannel 5, Nashville

In Search of Answers
Winter 2016
Vanderbilt Medicine

Discovering new diseases on a diagnostic odyssey
December 28, 2015
WHYY Radio’s The Pulse via NewsWorks

A New Challenge For Vanderbilt Doctors: Diagnose The Most Elusive Genetic Diseases
December 18, 2015
Nashville Public Radio

Year in Review 2015: Achievements, milestones abound at VUMC (scroll to “UDN enrolls patients”)
December 17, 2015
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reporter

Vanderbilt doctors make ‘House’ calls to solve mysteries
September 26, 2015
The Tennessean

Vanderbilt is one of seven centers now accepting patients for Undiagnosed Diseases Network
September 16, 2015
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reporter

VUMC to join national undiagnosed disease network in $43M initiative
July 1, 2014
Nashville Post

NIH chooses Vanderbilt for rare diseases network
July 1, 2014
The Tennessean

Vanderbilt selected to participate in Undiagnosed Diseases Network
July 1, 2014
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reporter