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Robot-guided video game gets older adults out of comfort zone, learning and working together

Mar. 18, 2019—The video game isn’t about talking robots or colorful books. It’s about getting seniors in the early stages of dementia out of their rooms, moving their bodies and, most importantly, working together.

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Biomedical engineering professor named a fellow of optics society

Mar. 6, 2019—Audrey Ellerbee Bowden has been named a Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, “for achievements in optical coherence tomography.”

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New biomaterial could improve bone grafting

Feb. 26, 2019—A new biomaterial-based bone graft extender created by Vanderbilt and U.S. Army researchers has the potential to improve treatment of critical orthopedic conditions.

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Study links Celebrex, heart valve calcification after earlier research declared drug safe

Feb. 22, 2019—A big-data analysis of patient records at Vanderbilt University has found a link specifically between Celebrex and heart valve calcification.

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Find Your Impact: Student creates app for orangutans

Feb. 22, 2019—A coding hobby led Vanderbilt HOD and economics double major Ben Scheer on a wild immersion, building an app for orangutans at Zoo Atlanta.

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First step toward model brain: turning iPSCs into working blood-brain barrier

Feb. 21, 2019—The brain endothelial barrier had previously been generated from induced pluripotent stem cells in a two-dimensional culture but not validated in three-dimensional, vein-like structures that are necessary to feed the organoids.

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Vanderbilt team wins $750K with AI to manage RF spectrum

Feb. 7, 2019—Scientists at Vanderbilt's Institute for Software Integrated Systems have developed an award-winning AI to to help triage limited radio frequency demands in real time.

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Students lead three-day race to ‘make with a purpose’ for kids with special needs

Jan. 24, 2019—Teams of makers from Vanderbilt and beyond raced the clock to create innovative solutions to the problems facing those living with disabilities as part of Vanderbilt’s Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) makeathon.

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Nanoparticle targets tumor-infiltrating immune cells, flips switch telling them to fight

Jan. 21, 2019—A team of Vanderbilt University bioengineers announced a major breakthrough: designing a nanoscale particle that flips on cells' defenses to fight cancer.

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Stress fractures and running wearables: The mistake that could mean injuries

Jan. 17, 2019—Working with an orthopedic specialist who advises the NFL Players Association, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Karl Zelik discovered that sensors only measuring the impact of the foot hitting pavement tell users little about the forces on bones that lead to stress fractures.

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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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Risk modeling, data integration drive NASA next-gen air travel safety project

Jan. 9, 2019—Sankaran Mahadevan is leading a team of Vanderbilt engineers in an ambitious NASA effort to revolutionize air traffic control.

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