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Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reporter

Cutting-edge research

(photo by Anne Rayner)

(photo by Anne Rayner)

Lawrence Marnett, Ph.D., second from right, dean of Basic Sciences in the School of Medicine, visited with three Vanderbilt University scientists prior to their presentations during last week’s Flexner Discovery Lecture on “cutting-edge” research.

The speakers were, from left, Graduate School Dean Mark Wallace, Ph.D., who discussed how defects in multi-sensory processing in the brain can hamper social and communication skills in children with autism; Laura Dugan, M.D., director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine, who described the role of inflammation in neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease; and Sachin Patel, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry, who studies the role of endocannabinoid signaling in stress-related neuropsychiatric disorders.

For a complete schedule of the Flexner Discovery Lecture series and archived video of previous lectures, go to

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