Research

  • Vanderbilt University

    Impact of diabetes, obesity on glioma patients studied

    A new study indicates that patients with high-grade glioma brain tumors who have preexisting type 2 diabetes or obesity have poorer outcomes, and is the first to use the Vanderbilt Brain Tumor Center Clinical Database to report a novel clinical finding. Read More

    Sep 15, 2011

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    Vanderbilt’s links to the solar neighborhood

    Astronomer Davy Kirkpatrick (Courtesy of Davy Kirkpatrick) If Davy Kirkpatrick’s calculations stand up, then Vanderbilt will have solid connections to two of the Sun’s nearest stellar neighbors. One link is long standing. Barnard’s star, which is six light years away from the Sun and its second-closest… Read More

    Sep 15, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Future diabetes vaccine?

    Video: Watch this story about a breakthrough drug study that may prevent type-1 diabetes. Read More

    Sep 12, 2011

  • Baby boy playing with toys

    Infants at risk for autism could benefit from motor training

    Early motor experiences can shape infants’ preferences for objects and faces, new research indicates. The study supports evidence that early motor development and experiences contribute to infants’ understanding of their world and implies that when motor skills are delayed or impaired – as in autism – future social interactions could be negatively impacted. Read More

    Sep 9, 2011

  • HIV molecule

    Host countermeasure hinders HIV

    New details about a host mechanism that fights off HIV may reveal strategies for therapies to treat or prevent HIV infection. Read More

    Sep 8, 2011

  • Hearing aid

    Getting the right fit for hearing aids

    The pattern of hearing loss across sound frequencies affects the benefit from hearing aids. Read More

    Sep 8, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Primer on political impacts of Sept. 11

    Thomas Schwartz Thomas Schwartz, professor of history, recently responded to an interview request from a journalist in São Paulo, Brazil, about the lasting political impacts of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Professor Schwartz’s responses provide a concise overview of the lasting impact of a day… Read More

    Sep 2, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Looking up: VU pediatrician is top amateur astronomer

    There is a list, famous among astronomers, of 110 faint objects in the night sky, first cataloged by French astronomer Charles Messier in the 18th century. A “Messier marathon” is when astronomers begin at dusk and work until dawn, hoping to locate every single one, searching amid the field of… Read More

    Sep 2, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Picture the intangible: the intersection of art and science

    Scanning electron micrograph of a Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus colony by Perrin Ireland. Art and science are not mutually exclusive. On the contrary, these two important fields of human endeavor often draw from and inspire each other. Think Leonardo da Vinci and Benjamin Franklin. A 21st century version of this cross-fertilization currently… Read More

    Aug 31, 2011

  • Drill seargent

    New insight into impulse control

    How the brain is wired to control impulsive behavior differs significantly from what psychologists have thought, new research finds. Read More

    Aug 30, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    New journal publishes budding scientists’ research

    In addition to her high school diploma, Aziza Hart earned an unusual honor this spring – her first scientific paper was published in a new Vanderbilt University journal, Young Scientist. Hart, who graduated from Nashville’s Glencliff High School, spent part of her senior year in a Vanderbilt laboratory, studying… Read More

    Aug 30, 2011

  • Michael Miga

    Grant bolsters liver tumor surgery techniques

    A team led by Vanderbilt University biomedical engineer Michael Miga has been awarded a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to enhance image-guided surgery techniques for safely removing liver tumors. Read More

    Aug 30, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Patrick Fischer, former computer science chair, dies

    Patrick Fischer, who helped build the Department of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University, died Aug. 26 in hospice care in Montgomery County, Md. He was 75. Read More

    Aug 26, 2011

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    Starvation diet kills staph bacteria

    The antibiotics of the future could take a page from the immune system’s playbook – and “starve” bacteria of the nutrients they need. Read More

    Aug 26, 2011

  • two-color brain

    Keep left, protein says

    A regulatory loop in zebrafish may explain how the right and left sides of our brains take on different functions. Read More

    Aug 26, 2011

  • Red neuron

    Landmark law and neuroscience network expands at Vanderbilt

    Vanderbilt University has been awarded a $4.85 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to manage the newly established MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience. Read More

    Aug 24, 2011

  • Scene 2011 Innovations

    Nashville innovations

    Last week when the Nashville Scene’s annual Innovations Issue hit the newsstands, three of its ten “forward-thinking ideas that are pushing Nashville – and the world – into the future” came from Vanderbilt. The three campus projects that impressed the Scene editors were: Digging for Drugs:… Read More

    Aug 23, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Time to anticipate and adapt to climate change

    Despite the uncertainties surrounding climate change, it is time to start developing effective strategies to keep the nation’s transportation systems and other critical infrastructure running. Read More

    Aug 19, 2011

  • Letters and Numbers

    ‘Robust’ link between preschool, language and literacy

    Preschool teachers’ use of sophisticated vocabulary and analytic talk about books, combined with early support for literacy in the home, can predict fourth-grade reading comprehension and word recognition. Read More

    Aug 18, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Discovery of how G proteins ‘turn on’ may lead to better drugs

    Researchers have discovered how key proteins are “turned on” and transmit signals inside the cell. The discovery could lead to new, more effective drugs. Read More

    Aug 18, 2011