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Author: Leigh MacMillan

Number of minority trainees on rise, but not minority faculty

Jan. 25, 2018—Vanderbilt investigators examined the entire training pathway of potential biomedical research faculty and found two key points of loss: during undergraduate education and in transition from postdoctoral fellowship to tenure-track faculty.

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National report sounds alarm on clinician burnout

Jan. 25, 2018—A new report issued by the Blue Ridge Academic Health Group calls clinician burnout a “hidden epidemic” and suggests that addressing it should be one of the highest priorities across the healthcare industry.

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A spicy finding

Jan. 16, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered that curcumin — the active ingredient in the spice turmeric — needs to be metabolically activated to exert anti-inflammatory effects.

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Lighting up iron levels

Jan. 11, 2018—A new probe enables iron imaging in living animals, providing a unique tool for studying iron’s contributions to health and disease.

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Asthma study may point to potential new therapeutic approach

Jan. 4, 2018—New findings from Vanderbilt suggest that blocking the migration of cells involved in asthma may represent a new approach for treating the respiratory condition.

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Obesity interventions: ideal dose?

Dec. 21, 2017—The optimal “dose” for behavioral interventions to treat childhood obesity are not clear, Vanderbilt researchers concluded after analyzing 133 clinical trial that occurred over the course of 17 years.

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Radiation and pulmonary fibrosis

Nov. 15, 2017—To develop strategies for preventing radiation-induced lung fibrosis (scarring), Vanderbilt investigators are exploring the cell types and factors that contribute to the fibrotic response.

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Salt, inflammation and hypertension

Nov. 13, 2017—Vanderbilt researchers have identified a pathway that links excess sodium, inflammation and hypertension.

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Advanced imaging tools reveal architecture of cell division machinery

Nov. 9, 2017—Using super-resolution microscopy tools in the Nikon Center of Excellence, Vanderbilt investigators have determined the molecular architecture of the contractile ring machinery that functions during cell division — a process that is essential for life.

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Pediatric cardiologist Johns thrives in many roles

Nov. 2, 2017—Pediatric cardiologist James Johns, M.D., relishes being a physician who wears many hats.

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Asthma expert Wenzel set for Nov. 9 Discovery Lecture

Nov. 2, 2017—Sally Wenzel, M.D., a global expert on severe asthma, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 9.

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Bioactive lipids and rheumatoid arthritis

Nov. 1, 2017—An enzyme that produces bioactive fatty acids has elevated activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, supporting further studies to understand its biologic roles in the disease.

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