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Author: Bill Snyder

VUMC researchers find a way to ‘starve’ cancer

Jan. 16, 2018—Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to starve a tumor and stop its growth with a newly discovered small compound that blocks uptake of the vital nutrient glutamine.

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BOLD view of white matter

Jan. 12, 2018—Vanderbilt investigators have discovered that functional MRI detects neural activity in both gray and white matter in the brain, suggesting new ways to investigate diseases such as Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis.

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VUMC joins national effort to block global pandemics of potentially lethal viruses

Jan. 11, 2018—The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has signed a five-year cooperative agreement worth up to $28 million with Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) to develop methods for preventing the global spread of viruses like chikungunya and Zika.

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Research sheds light on how microtubules are assembled

Jan. 4, 2018—Microtubules are the “railroad tracks” essential for moving intracellular “freight” around in the cell. They’re also part of the spindle that pulls the two centrosomes apart during cell division.

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The toll of dysphagia

Dec. 15, 2017—Impaired swallowing — dysphagia — affects 3 percent of hospital inpatients, who have longer hospital stays and are more likely to require post-acute care services.

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Crowe elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Dec. 14, 2017—James Crowe Jr., MD, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

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Matrix biology society honors Hudson’s contributions

Dec. 14, 2017—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) biochemist Billy Hudson, PhD, has been awarded the 2018 Distinguished Investigator Prize by the International Society for Matrix Biology for his contributions to the field of matrix biology.

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UCLA’s Lewis set for next Discovery Lecture

Dec. 14, 2017—Roger Lewis, MD, PhD, a national expert on methods that can improve the flexibility and efficiency of clinical trials, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.

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VIGH fellowship training program lands NIH renewal

Dec. 7, 2017—The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) has received a five-year, $4.66 million renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue a program established in 2012 with Emory, Cornell and Duke universities that is training the next generation of leaders in global health research.

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Vanderbilt researchers’ papers among those most cited

Dec. 7, 2017—Eight current faculty members at Vanderbilt have made this year’s list of scientists whose papers have been cited most frequently by other researchers.

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Lindsley honored by Pharmaceutical Society of Japan

Dec. 7, 2017—Craig Lindsley, PhD, the William K. Warren Jr. Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt, is the 2018 recipient of the Sato Memorial International Award of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan.

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Lineage tracing in the gut

Nov. 30, 2017—Vanderbilt investigators have developed an algorithm to classify cell types from experimental data, making it possible to understand how organs develop.

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