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Author: Bill Snyder

Milestone in development of new treatment for ‘fragile X’

Sep. 15, 2011—Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in collaboration with Seaside Therapeutics in Cambridge, Mass., have achieved a milestone in the development of a potential new treatment for fragile X syndrome, the most common genetic cause of autism.

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Picture the intangible: the intersection of art and science

Aug. 31, 2011—Art and science are not mutually exclusive. On the contrary, these two important fields of human endeavor often draw from and inspire each other. Think Leonardo da Vinci and Benjamin Franklin. A 21st century version of this cross-fertilization currently is on display at Nashville’s gallery F. @ Scarritt Bennett, 1000 19th Ave. S. (corner of...

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New journal publishes budding scientists’ research

Aug. 30, 2011—In addition to her high school diploma, Aziza Hart earned an unusual honor this spring – her first scientific paper was published in a new Vanderbilt University journal, Young Scientist. Hart, who graduated from Nashville’s Glencliff High School, spent part of her senior year in a Vanderbilt laboratory, studying a brain abnormality that could lead...

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Grant bolsters liver tumor surgery techniques

Aug. 30, 2011—A team led by Vanderbilt University biomedical engineer Michael Miga has been awarded a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to enhance image-guided surgery techniques for safely removing liver tumors.

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Discovery of how G proteins ‘turn on’ may lead to better drugs

Aug. 18, 2011—Researchers have discovered how key proteins are “turned on” and transmit signals inside the cell. The discovery could lead to new, more effective drugs.

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Cancer study seeks clues to halting metastasis’ march

Aug. 10, 2011—Vanderbilt researchers have identified small molecules that can restore normal protein expression in human colorectal carcinoma cells and prevent invasive cancer growth.

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VUMC to lead national consortium on biomedical research

Jul. 18, 2011—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been awarded a five-year $20 million federal grant to coordinate a national consortium that aims to advance biomedical research nationwide.

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Final shuttle launch a family affair for Dennis Hall

Jul. 7, 2011—The July 8 launch of the space shuttle Atlantis will be a bittersweet moment for Hall, for it will be the final voyage of America’s shuttle program, but it will also be carrying his niece, Sandy Magnus.

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Real science in X-Men

Jun. 21, 2011—Here’s another reason to love the X-Men: real science. Listen carefully to the dialogue between Professor Charles Xavier and CIA agent Dr. Moira MacTaggart in the new movie, “X-Men: First Class,” and you’ll hear a reference to the MCR1 gene and auburn hair. MacTaggart: “Do you have a minute?” Professor X: “For a pretty little...

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VUMC awarded $20M to coordinate science consortium

Jun. 14, 2011—Consortium will advance biomedical research nationwide.

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New endowed chairholders celebrated

May. 18, 2011—Thirteen faculty members named this year to endowed chairs in the School of Medicine and College of Arts and Science were honored for outstanding academic achievements. The May 17 ceremony at the Student Life Center was the third in a series of celebrations that will be held in 2011 to recognize new chair holders. “The...

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Powerful NMR magnet a boon to research at Vanderbilt University

May. 13, 2011—Vanderbilt University’s acquisition of a 900 megahertz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer will accelerate studies on cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

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