Research

  • Child with a cold

    VUMC researchers reveal darker side of common cold

    Human rhinovirus (HRV), also known as the common cold, can be uncommonly serious for certain children, a study led by a Vanderbilt University Medical Center pediatrician shows. The study, published in the Dec. 28, 2011 online issue of the journal Pediatrics, shows that not only can HRV lead to hospitalization… Read More

    Jan 5, 2012

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    Diabetes trial sets bar high for retaining research subjects

    Research participant Loren Kirkpatrick, right, has worked with Janie Lipps, MSN, and Vanderbilt’s Diabetes Control and Complications Trial since its inception in 1983. (Daniel Dubois / Vanderbilt) Loren Kirkpatrick has been enrolled in the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) at Vanderbilt’s Diabetes Center for nearly half… Read More

    Jan 5, 2012

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    Fishing for heart attack repair tools

    Managing myocardial infarction – and the resulting heart failure – remains a clinical challenge. To search for chemicals that can stimulate cardiac muscle cell production, Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology investigators led by Tao Zhong, Ph.D., Terri Ni, Ph.D., and Eric Rellinger, M.D., turned to a novel drug discovery tool:… Read More

    Jan 5, 2012

  • Images of individuals with Alagille syndrome (National Institutes of Health)

    Clues to flattened faces

    Images of individuals with Alagille syndrome (National Institutes of Health) Mutations in the Jagged1 gene cause Alagille syndrome, an inherited disorder that affects the liver, heart, kidneys and facial structure. Patients with Alagille syndrome often have a prominent forehead, a flattened midface and a prominent chin; some have a cleft… Read More

    Jan 5, 2012

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    Study uses art to spur patients to walk after surgery

    Mary Gwyn Bowen, R.N., is studying whether art on the walls motivates patients to ambulate more quickly following cardiac surgery. (Joe Howell / Vanderbilt) Following cardiac surgery, patients are encouraged to get out of bed and walk as soon as possible, a daunting task to many who… Read More

    Jan 5, 2012

  • The first graduating class of the School for Science and Math

    Vanderbilt’s science high begins 5th year

    The first graduating class of the School for Science and Math celebrates last spring. Photo by Tommy Lawson Their research papers are published in a scientific journal. They win accolades in a prestigious national science competition. And that’s before they graduate from their public high schools. These are the… Read More

    Jan 4, 2012

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    Negative ads may not be Gingrich’s problem

    The conventional wisdom about Newt Gingrich's troubles at the Iowa caucuses may be mistaken, says John Geer of Vanderbilt University. Blaming a barrage of attack ads aimed at the former House speaker for his decline in the polls may be inaccurate, Geer believes. Read More

    Jan 3, 2012

  • Landmark HIV prevention study Breakthrough of the Year

    Landmark HIV prevention study Breakthrough of the Year

    A landmark study that found early antiretroviral therapy (ART) can reduce the risk of HIV transmission between sexual partners by 96 percent has been named Breakthrough of the Year by Science magazine. The study, conducted by the… Read More

    Dec 22, 2011

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    Training addresses returning service members’ mental health needs

    A Vanderbilt-led workshop for military health care providers could lead to more post-deployment mental health referrals. Read More

    Dec 21, 2011

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    Cholesterol-lowering drugs may reduce mortality for influenza patients

    Statins, traditionally known as cholesterol-lowering drugs, may reduce mortality among patients hospitalized with influenza, according to a new study released online by The Journal of Infectious Diseases. Read More

    Dec 19, 2011

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    Clues to skeletal form in ‘feelgood’ fish

    Ela Knapik, associate professor of medicine, and colleagues are using zebrafish to explore the molecular and cellular mechanisms that cause birth defects of the face and skeleton. Read More

    Dec 16, 2011

  • Cell in mitosis

    Divvying up chromosomes

    (Benedict Campbell/Wellcome Images) Mitosis, or the separation of chromosomes during cell division, is driven by dynamic interactions between the kinetochore region on chromosomes and string-like structures called microtubules. A number of proteins, including the enzyme Cdk1, regulate these interactions, but it is unclear what kinetochore components such enzymes work… Read More

    Dec 16, 2011

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    “Extractionator” could bring high-tech medical diagnostics to rural areas

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given them $1 million to three Vanderbilt scientists to develop a point-of-care sample collection and preparation product that could bring advanced medical diagnostic testing to the third world. Read More

    Dec 16, 2011

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    New schizophrenia drug candidates entering prep for first-in-human testing

    The progression of new drug candidates for schizophrenia with partner Janssen Pharmaceutica is the latest evidence that a new collaborative model for drug discovery pioneered at Vanderbilt may help identify and develop innovative candidate drugs for treatment of major brain disorders. Read More

    Dec 15, 2011

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    Young stem cells counter kidney aging

    Young bone marrow cells alleviate aging-related kidney changes in mice. Read More

    Dec 15, 2011

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    Divvying up chromosomes

    Protein helps ensure proper division of chromosomes during cell division. Read More

    Dec 15, 2011

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    Virus-linked cancer gets help from host

    Host cell protein may be a target for strategies to limit spread of virus-induced squamous cell cancers. Read More

    Dec 15, 2011

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    Offspring of childhood cancer survivors have no increased risk for birth defects

    Children of childhood cancer survivors who were treated with radiation or some forms of do not have an increased risk for birth defects compared to children of cancer survivors who did not receive such treatments. Read More

    Dec 15, 2011

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    Jeffrey Sosman named to melanoma research ‘Dream Team’

    Jeffrey Sosman (Vanderbilt) Jeffrey Sosman, professor of medicine at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), has been named to a melanoma research Dream Team of cancer investigators supported by Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and the Melanoma Research Alliance. Sosman is among the Dream Team’s principal investigators who… Read More

    Dec 15, 2011

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    Vanderbilt sets record for number of new AAAS fellows

    Fourteen Vanderbilt researchers have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Read More

    Dec 14, 2011