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Author: Bill Snyder

Brainstorm 2011 events begin March 3

Feb. 23, 2011—"Brainstorm 2011," a series of free public events about brain research hosted by Vanderbilt University, will explore post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and the mysteries of feelings and perception throughout the month of March.

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Education and Psychology releases Research


New model to test how antidepressants work

Feb. 18, 2011—A new mouse model offers the ability to better test how selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) work and could lead to the development of new classes of anti-depressants.

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Health and Medicine Research


Scientists of the future

Feb. 1, 2011—Report after report, it seems, warns that the United States is falling behind other countries in science and technology. Where will the scientists of the future come from? Some of them will come from the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt. Launched in 2007 as a project of the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach,...

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Research Research Blog


Mental health research fund lauds VU scientists

Jan. 31, 2011—Eight Vanderbilt University scientists have won 2010 Young Investigator Awards from NARSAD, the world’s leading mental health research charity. Each scientist will receive up to $60,000 over two years for innovative brain and behavioral studies of serious psychiatric disorders. The grants allow promising new researchers, typically postdoctoral fellows and assistant professors, to generate the pilot...

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Health and Medicine Research


How universities can help fill the “pipeline” with important new drugs

Jan. 27, 2011—Bringing a new drug to market is an increasingly daunting – and expensive – task. Today it costs more than $1 billion and takes more than seven years, on average, to complete the human studies required for a drug to be approved for marketing. Only about one in five drugs makes it through the clinical...

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Hope endures in Haiti

Jan. 19, 2011—Seven years ago this month, I was in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with a contingent of Vanderbilt University AIDS researchers and health care professionals. That was before the earthquake and subsequent cholera outbreak riveted international attention once again on this, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Yet hope endures, even in the midst of successive calamities....

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Health care reform at the “grass-roots” level

Jan. 15, 2011—Health care reform will likely remain a hot-button issue through the 2012 election. But while the pros and cons of last year’s health reform legislation are debated in Congress and on the campaign trail, considerable efforts are underway at the grassroots level to redesign the way health care is delivered in this country. The goals...

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Scripps Research and Vanderbilt launch joint institute to advance science at interface of chemistry and medicine

Jan. 13, 2011—The Scripps Research Institute and Vanderbilt University have formed a partnership to advance science at the interface of chemistry and medicine, the institutions announced today. The Human Chemical Sciences Institute will encompass research and training activities at Scripps Research on its San Diego, California, and Jupiter, Florida, campuses, and at the Vanderbilt Institute for Chemical...

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Health and Medicine Research


Impact of Recovery Act funds profound for VU

Jan. 6, 2011—During the past 18 months, scientists at Vanderbilt University have received $148 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to buy major equipment, hire additional staff and accelerate their research. University officials predicted the impact of the 246 two-year “stimulus” grants awarded to more than 200 researchers across campus could be long-lasting and huge....

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Engineering and Technology Health and Medicine Research


Ezra Fitz: In His Own Words

Dec. 8, 2010—In late January of 2006, I was looking neither at tide pools, nor at stars. I was staring intently – just as I am now, as I’m writing this – into a computer screen, trying to cover a bone-white Word document with a few bits of black text. A publishing company in Chicago needed a...

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Health and Medicine Research


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