Research

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    Brainstorm 2011 events begin March 3

    "Brainstorm 2011," a series of free public events about brain research hosted by Vanderbilt University, will explore post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and the mysteries of feelings and perception throughout the month of March. Read More

    Feb 23, 2011

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    Protein ‘scissors’ cut path for cancer

    The protein matriptase "cuts" a key component of the prostate tissue barrier and may be involved in prostrate cancer progression, new research finds. Read More

    Feb 22, 2011

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    ‘Glass ceiling’ exists for women surgeons

    Less than a third of surgeons who advance to senior ranks in the U.S. are women, and it's not because they're less qualified or less productive than their male counterparts, new research finds. Read More

    Feb 21, 2011

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    New model to test how antidepressants work

    A new mouse model offers the ability to better test how selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) work and could lead to the development of new classes of anti-depressants. Read More

    Feb 18, 2011

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    Hal, make room for Watson

    HAL 9000 from the movie 2001 and WATSON from the Jeopardy competition Hal, make room for Watson. When it defeated two of the all-time champions of the television game Jeopardy this week, the IBM computer named Watson joined Hal 9000 in the ranks of… Read More

    Feb 18, 2011

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    The Invisible Line: American families’ journeys from black to white

    African Americans have continually crossed the color line and assimilated into white communities since the 17th century, without science or surgery. A new book reveals how, and why. Read More

    Feb 17, 2011

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    Getting left-right asymmetry right

    The protein Nodal has been found to hold the keys to vertebrate asymmetry. Read More

    Feb 17, 2011

  • Kennedy Center Science Day

    Kennedy Center celebrates Science Day 2011

    A record crowd of students and presenters turned out for the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development's 2011 Science Day Feb. 15. Read More

    Feb 16, 2011

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    Google Earth lecture highlights National Engineers Week at Vanderbilt

    Vanderbilt engineering alumnus and Google Earth co-founder Chikai Ohazama will speak at Vanderbilt as part of E-Week Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. Read More

    Feb 16, 2011

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    Integrin curbs cancer’s spread

    Cell surface molecules called integrins have been found to play an important role when cancer metastasizes. Read More

    Feb 16, 2011

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    Fluorine aids gene silencing

    Modifying a form of RNAs may improve their efficacy for research and medical uses. Read More

    Feb 15, 2011

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    Three faculty receive NSF career development awards

    Dickerson, Sung and Webster recognized for research including nanoparticles, regenerating blood vessels and finding options for 'inoperable' patients. Read More

    Feb 15, 2011

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    Vanderbilt-pioneered fetal surgery procedure yields positive results

    Results of a landmark, seven-year National Institutes of Health-funded trial, Management of Myelomeningocele Study (MOMS), demonstrate clear benefit for babies who undergo fetal surgery to treat spina bifida, the most common birth defect in the central nervous system. Read More

    Feb 9, 2011

  • John Gore

    John Gore elected to National Academy of Engineering

    ohn C. Gore, Hertha Ramsey Cress University Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University and professor of biomedical engineering, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to the development and applications of magnetic resonance and other imaging techniques in medicine. Read More

    Feb 9, 2011

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    Improving heart patients’ outcomes goal of nursing study

    (iStock photo) Vanderbilt University Medical Center is participating in a multi-site, national study to identify the role nurses play in improving outcomes among heart failure patients. Nancy Wells (Vanderbilt) “Heart failure is being recognized as a huge issue in elderly and middle-aged people, and it has a profound effect on… Read More

    Feb 9, 2011

  • Dan Gochberg, Ph.D. and colleagues in MRI Labs Physics / Imaging Department

    Seeing serotonin neurons in action

    The Vanderbilt MRI Labs Physics / Imaging Department (Anne Rayner / Vanderbilt) Serotonin – a chemical that has roles in multiple brain functions, including mood, sleep and cognition – is manufactured by clusters of brainstem neurons gathered in the raphé nuclei. A reliable, non-invasive imaging method for assessing raphé neuron… Read More

    Feb 9, 2011

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    BPA exposure tests in question

    The industrial chemical BPA is found in commercial products, such as plastic water bottles. (iStock Photo) The safety of industrial chemicals bisphenol A (BPA) and alkylphenols, which are used in commercial products like plastics, has recently been called into question. Exposure to these chemicals is typically measured… Read More

    Feb 8, 2011

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    A few fungi factoids

    Toadstools in early morning light (Photo by Guy Nicholls, iStock) For some reason, fungi don’t get no respect. Despite the fact that genetically they are more closely related to animals than to plants and despite the fact that they play an absolutely critical role in the environment,… Read More

    Feb 7, 2011

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    Bronchiolitis in infants linked to mothers’ asthma, allergies

    Tina Hartert, M.D., MPH, left, Kathryn Miller, M.D., MPH, and Yarris Muhammed are on the team studying the links between rhinoviruses and bronchiolitis. (Mary Donaldson / Vanderbilt) An infant’s risk of developing bronchiolitis caused by human rhinoviruses (HRV), aka the common cold, is linked to whether the mother has allergies… Read More

    Feb 7, 2011

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    Mapping obesity circuitry in brain

    (Photo credit: iStock photo) In the battle of the bulge, one important battalion is a set of brain cells expressing the melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R). Via signals from the fat-derived hormone leptin, these neurons regulate feeding behavior and fat metabolism in an attempt to regulate body weight. But how leptin influences… Read More

    Feb 7, 2011