Leigh MacMillan

  • Vanderbilt University

    Worm gene function? Check the map.

    New gene expression atlas created for roundworms provides a basis for establishing roles for individual genes in the development of specific cell types. Read More

    Mar 3, 2011

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    Identification of glaucoma gene brightens future for therapies

    Researchers have identified a new candidate gene for the most common form of glaucoma, which runs in families. The findings offer novel insights into glaucoma pathology and could lead to targeted treatment strategies. Read More

    Feb 24, 2011

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    Protein ‘scissors’ cut path for cancer

    The protein matriptase "cuts" a key component of the prostate tissue barrier and may be involved in prostrate cancer progression, new research finds. Read More

    Feb 22, 2011

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    Getting left-right asymmetry right

    The protein Nodal has been found to hold the keys to vertebrate asymmetry. Read More

    Feb 17, 2011

  • Dan Gochberg, Ph.D. and colleagues in MRI Labs Physics / Imaging Department

    Seeing serotonin neurons in action

    The Vanderbilt MRI Labs Physics / Imaging Department (Anne Rayner / Vanderbilt) Serotonin – a chemical that has roles in multiple brain functions, including mood, sleep and cognition – is manufactured by clusters of brainstem neurons gathered in the raphé nuclei. A reliable, non-invasive imaging method for assessing raphé neuron… Read More

    Feb 9, 2011

  • Peter Hedera, M.D.

    Paraplegia-causing proteins pair up

    Peter Hedera, M.D. Hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), a group of progressive neurodegenerative disorders that impairs the ability to walk, can be caused by mutations in more than 40 different genes. Despite this genetic heterogeneity, the pathologic features – degeneration of long axons in the spinal cord – are relatively uniform,… Read More

    Feb 4, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Seven Vanderbilt University Faculty Honored by AAAS Scientific Society

    Seven Vanderbilt University faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor bestowed upon them by their AAAS peers. They are among 503 AAAS members from around the country who achieved this honor because of their distinguished efforts to advance science… Read More

    Jan 12, 2011