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Author: Heidi Hall

They call it puppy love, but what is it really?

Feb. 12, 2019—Even if animals have ulterior motives for teaming up, they teach humans a lot about love, says Vanderbilt University animal biologist Patrick Abbot.

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Women’s hormones play role in drug addiction, higher relapse rates

Feb. 8, 2019—But long before female-specific medications are available, treatment centers could use the information in this study to educate women about their stronger mental connections to places and objects.

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‘The View’ co-host, political analyst Meghan McCain to give Chancellor’s Lecture Feb. 19

Feb. 1, 2019—Author and co-host of "The View" Meghan McCain will join Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and Distinguished Visiting Professor Jon Meacham at Vanderbilt Feb. 19 for a wide-ranging discussion of the politics impacting American life in 2019.

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Biologist duo brings Wolbachia curriculum to students, citizen scientists around globe

Jan. 22, 2019—A curriculum directed by biologists Seth and Sarah Bordenstein is responsible for helping countless thousands of college students, schoolkids and citizen scientists worldwide contribute to research on microbes using cutting-edge technology.

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Nanoparticle targets tumor-infiltrating immune cells, flips switch telling them to fight

Jan. 21, 2019—A team of Vanderbilt University bioengineers announced a major breakthrough: designing a nanoscale particle that flips on cells' defenses to fight cancer.

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Flake calls for civility, tough leadership in Chancellor’s Lecture Series appearance

Jan. 18, 2019—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, Sen. Jeff Flake, This American Life producer Zoe Chace and Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Visiting Professor Jon Meacham engaged in thoughtful discussion that drew a capacity crowd to Langford Auditorium.

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Stress fractures and running wearables: The mistake that could mean injuries

Jan. 17, 2019—Working with an orthopedic specialist who advises the NFL Players Association, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Karl Zelik discovered that sensors only measuring the impact of the foot hitting pavement tell users little about the forces on bones that lead to stress fractures.

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Findings on eye-signal blending re-examine Nobel-winning research

Jan. 17, 2019—Knowing which neurons are involved in the eye signal blending process also opens the door to targeted brain therapies that reach well beyond eye patches.

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Team finds how error and reward signals are organized within cerebral cortex

Jan. 14, 2019—Psychiatrists diagnose people with schizophrenia, ADHD, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses by spending time with them, looking for the particular behavior symptoms of each. What follows can be a hit-or-miss series of medications and dosages until disruptive behaviors go away. By deciphering the circuitry of the medial frontal cortex – an area beneath the...

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Sen. Jeff Flake, ‘This American Life’ producer Zoe Chace are Chancellor’s Lecture Series guests Jan. 17

Jan. 7, 2019—Fresh from a term that included several highly publicized ideological clashes with the president, former Sen. Jeff Flake will visit Vanderbilt Jan. 17 to explain his hopes for American politics going forward.

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Vanderbilt, Boehringer Ingelheim announce partnership to develop therapies for psychiatric disorders

Jan. 3, 2019—Boehringer Ingelheim and Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery today announced two new global agreements to investigate, develop and commercialize novel small molecules targeting two distinct G-protein coupled receptors known to engage in the modulation of certain brain circuitries, which are altered in neuropsychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia.

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People with schizophrenia experience emotion differently from others, ‘body maps’ show

Dec. 21, 2018—Vanderbilt University researchers are working to understand how people with schizophrenia experience emotion through their bodies.

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