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Author: Leigh MacMillan

Stem cells promote tolerance

Nov. 17, 2016—Blood-forming stem cells play a role in immune tolerance and acceptance of organ transplants, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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Links between immune cells and metabolism explored

Nov. 10, 2016—At the intersection of immunology and metabolism is a burgeoning new field: immunometabolism. It’s an area where Vanderbilt has exceptional strengths, said Jeffrey Rathmell, Ph.D., Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Immunobiology.

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Improving wound healing

Nov. 8, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers have shown that an injectable material improves wound healing and may be useful for large skin wounds such as those in patients with diabetes.

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Probing drug abuse circuitry

Nov. 4, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers have identified cocaine-induced modifications at specific neuronal connections, which could aid the development of new therapies for substance abuse disorders.

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VUMC investigators find pathogens work together to infect host

Nov. 3, 2016—Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus — two pathogens that frequently co-infect the lungs of patients with cystic fibrosis — appear to cooperate with each other, Vanderbilt investigators have discovered. When pseudomonas is starved for metal by the host, it shuts down the production of factors that would normally kill staph, promoting a co-infection.

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Max Planck Institute’s Fässler set for next Discovery Lecture

Nov. 3, 2016—Reinhard Fässler, M.D., director of the Department of Molecular Medicine at the Max Planck Institute in Martinsried, Germany, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Nov. 10.

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Striking view

Oct. 27, 2016—Dylan Burnette, Ph.D., assistant professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, won 12th Place in Nikon’s Small World 2016 Photomicrography Competition for a colorful image of a dividing cancer cell.

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Single-cell study of tumor samples

Oct. 26, 2016—A new method for analyzing cells in fixed biopsy tissues from patients by guide personalized treatment strategies for cancer.

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Sleep issues in children with diabetes

Oct. 24, 2016—Lengthening sleep duration and reducing sleep disturbances in children with type 1 diabetes may improve diabetes outcomes and reduce parental stress.

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Study finds natural compound extends lifespan of worms

Oct. 20, 2016—A compound found in buckwheat seeds extends the lifespan of worms, Vanderbilt investigators have discovered.

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Forum celebrates VUMC translational research expertise

Oct. 20, 2016—Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s vibrant culture of clinical and translational research was celebrated at an annual forum last week, and two physician-scientist leaders were honored with awards.

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Imaging probe for retinal disease

Oct. 12, 2016—An imaging probe developed at Vanderbilt detects retinal inflammation early and may allow therapeutic intervention to prevent blindness.

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