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Author: Leigh MacMillan

Schizophrenia expert Coyle set for next Flexner Discovery Lecture

Mar. 3, 2016—Joseph Coyle, M.D., an expert in the neurobiology of serious mental illness, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, March 10.

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Combining treatments for melanoma

Feb. 18, 2016—Combining therapies for melanoma that induce cell senescence and that activate the immune response may improve outcomes for patients.

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Slight chemical change may improve TB treatments: study

Feb. 11, 2016—One small chemical change to an existing antibacterial drug results in a compound that is more effective against its target enzyme in tuberculosis, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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Therapies to prevent preterm birth

Feb. 9, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers have developed a high-throughput assay that will aid in identifying new compounds to treat preterm labor or postpartum bleeding.

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Building intestinal brush borders

Feb. 8, 2016—Studies of the molecular complex that helps build specialized cellular surfaces could shed light on the mechanisms underlying a genetic deaf-blindness syndrome accompanied by intestinal disease.

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Harvard’s Brown to explore mystery of anesthesia at Discovery Lecture

Feb. 4, 2016—Emery Brown, M.D., Ph.D., a noted anesthesiologist, neuroscientist and statistician, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 11.

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Findings offer new insight on how cell division proteins work

Jan. 28, 2016—A family of proteins with critical roles in cell division, synaptic transmission and cell migration don’t all function the way scientists thought they did, according to two new studies led by Vanderbilt researchers.

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Study identifies new culprit in lung cancer development

Jan. 27, 2016—A microRNA — a small piece of RNA involved in regulating gene expression — functions as an oncogene to drive the development of lung cancer, Vanderbilt University investigators have discovered.

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Wound-healing scaffolds

Jan. 27, 2016—The elasticity of a scaffold used for healing skin wounds is a key factor in promoting regeneration versus scarring.

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University of Michigan’s Little set for next Discovery Lecture

Jan. 21, 2016—Roderick Little, Ph.D., a statistician with expertise in the analysis of data sets with missing values, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Jan. 28.

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New method aids heart disease studies, drug discovery efforts

Jan. 14, 2016—A team of Vanderbilt investigators developed a new method for rapidly generating heart muscle cells from stem cells.

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Platelet protein modification

Jan. 13, 2016—Vanderbilt investigators have identified a new biomarker to assess platelet function.

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