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Study finds unique form of chronic sinusitis in older patients

Jan. 18, 2019—Older patients with a diagnosis of chronic sinusitis have a unique inflammatory signature that may render them less responsive to steroid treatment, according to new research led by Justin Turner.

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DNA’s on/off switch

Jan. 18, 2019—Walter Chazin and colleagues have identified how a chemical "switch" in DNA primase, an enzyme essential to the replication of our genomes, works in order to hand off genetic information to the next enzyme.

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Signals from the “conveyor belt”

Jan. 18, 2019—Carlos Lopez, Tina Iverson and Vsevolod Gurevich propose that a conveyer belt best describes the mechanism by which cellular signals are handed off from enzyme to enzyme in the brain.

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Building a pancreas

Jan. 17, 2019—Ken Lau and Guoqiang Gu have identified a critical biomarker in determining how a pancreatic progenitor cell will develop.

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Study points to alternate therapy for rare form of diabetes

Jan. 17, 2019—An unexpected finding by Rachana Haliyur during the cellular analysis of human pancreatic tissue has revealed new information about a rare type of diabetes and underscores the importance of genetic testing for some individuals diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

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Research explores link between stem cell transplant, diabetes

Jan. 17, 2019—Brian Engelhardt is studying why as many as 50 percent of stem cell transplant recipients develop diabetes.

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Pain relievers a risk for C. diff?

Jan. 17, 2019—David Aronoff and colleagues report an increased risk of the serious gastrointestinal infection C. diff following the use of NSAID pain relievers.

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Wilkins named vice president for health equity

Jan. 17, 2019—Dr. Consuelo Wilkins, associate professor of medicine and executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, has been named to the newly created positions of vice president for health equity at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and associate dean for health equity with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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Trans-institutional team documents potential new treatment path for breast cancer

Jan. 16, 2019—A team led by biomolecular engineer John Wilson and cancer biologist Rebecca Cook have found a way to trigger an immune response that targets breast cancer cells.

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Limited Submission Opportunity: 2020 Breast Cancer Alliance Exceptional Project Grant

Jan. 15, 2019—Vanderbilt University may submit two letters of intent for the Breast Cancer Alliance Exceptional Project Grant. The mission of the Breast Cancer Alliance is to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure.

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Limited Submission Opportunity: The Memorial Foundation Grant

Jan. 15, 2019—Vanderbilt University may submit one application to The Memorial Foundation Grant. The Memorial Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide services to people who live in the geographic area served by Nashville Memorial Hospital.

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Service Award Ceremony is Jan. 29

Jan. 14, 2019—The annual Service Award Ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Student Life Center. Vanderbilt University staff celebrating 20 years of service in 2018 will be honored, and the prestigious Commodore Award and Diversity Leadership Award will be presented.

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