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Author: Leigh MacMillan

New breast cancer driver

Aug. 26, 2016—Vanderbilt investigators have demonstrated that a certain protein complex drives tumor progression in aggressive breast cancers.

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New fund honors spirit of Cohen’s innovative research

Aug. 25, 2016—When Tom Daniel, M.D., joined the Vanderbilt University faculty in December 1986, Stanley Cohen, Ph.D., had just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of epidermal growth factor (EGF).

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In search of new asthma therapies

Aug. 15, 2016—A peptide molecule relaxes airway smooth muscle and may be a potential therapeutic for asthma that has become resistant to standard therapies.

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New culprit in nerve degeneration

Aug. 12, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered that regulation of cell volume plays a role in nerve degeneration and peripheral neuropathies.

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Fetal impact of antidepressants

Aug. 3, 2016—Antidepressant use during pregnancy is common. Fetal exposure to the class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) is associated with the life-threatening condition PPHN (persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn), but a causal link has not been established.

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Refining neural circuitry

Aug. 2, 2016—During development, neural circuits are remodeled – some synapses are eliminated and others are strengthened – to produce a mature, functional nervous system.

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Marrow cells’ role in pulmonary hypertension explored

Jul. 28, 2016—Cells from the bone marrow participate in the development of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), and they can also protect against it, according to new findings from a team of Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators.

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Work together to control diabetes

Jul. 15, 2016—Parenting behaviors may be an important target for improving outcomes in adolescents with diabetes.

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VU takes key role in cancer drug discovery consortium

Jun. 23, 2016—Vanderbilt University has been selected as one of seven Dedicated Centers in the nation for the next phase of the Chemical Biology Consortium (CBC), a national network of scientists on the leading edge of cancer drug discovery.

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Pulmonary fibrosis culprits

Jun. 6, 2016—New findings identify isoketal-modified proteins as a previously unrecognized feature of pulmonary fibrosis and as a potential therapeutic target for this disease.

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Alzheimer’s risk gene in younger adults

Jun. 2, 2016—A genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease in later life appears to benefit younger adults as they age.

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Promise of discovery drives Biomedical Sciences graduates

May. 19, 2016—In a twist on the usual research narrative, Justin Siemann, Ph.D., who celebrated his doctoral degree in Neuroscience at last week’s Graduate School Commencement, conducted research on patients first, and then moved to the laboratory bench.

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