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Author: Leigh MacMillan

Molecular motors expert Spudich set for next Discovery Lecture

Mar. 30, 2017—James Spudich, Ph.D., renowned for his studies of proteins that function as molecular motors, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, April 6.

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Blocking neuroblastoma cell growth

Mar. 22, 2017—An inhibitor of cell metabolism may be a good therapeutic target for neuroblastoma, which accounts for about 15 percent of pediatric cancer-related deaths.

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Role for mouth microbes in diabetes?

Mar. 8, 2017—A higher abundance of certain bacterial species in the mouth appears to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, Vanderbilt investigators have discovered.

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Antidote for smoke inhalation injury

Mar. 7, 2017—Routine use of hydroxocobalamin should be considered for victims of smoke inhalation, Vanderbilt researchers suggest.

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Retroviruses expert Bieniasz set for next Discovery Lecture

Mar. 2, 2017—Paul Bieniasz, Ph.D., a pioneer in the study of retroviruses, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, March 9.

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Investigators seek new way to define cell identity

Mar. 2, 2017—Vanderbilt researchers hope their new method to describe cells will be widely adopted and used to generate a “Who’s Who” database of cell types.

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A target to heal tiny lungs

Feb. 23, 2017—The protein beta-catenin may be a good target for therapies to treat lung disease that is a common complication of preterm birth.

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Improving therapies for GI tumors

Feb. 20, 2017—A signaling protein overexpressed in upper gastrointestinal cancers is an attractive therapeutic target.

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Neurologist Dalmau set for next Discovery Lecture

Feb. 16, 2017—Josep Dalmau, M.D., Ph.D., renowned for his studies of immune disorders affecting the brain and spinal cord, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 23.

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Pathology of septic shock

Feb. 8, 2017—The signaling molecule IL-15 promotes septic shock, a life-threatening condition involving organ injury caused by infection.

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Bacterial signaling systems

Feb. 3, 2017—Vanderbilt researchers have identified a unique example of communication between bacterial signaling systems, which may have relevance for antibiotic resistance.

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Flu vaccine response in older adults

Jan. 25, 2017—High dose flu vaccine boosts the immune response in older adults by increasing activation of certain immune cells.

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