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New faculty chair in Vanderbilt’s Basic Sciences created in memory of biochemist Richard Armstrong

Aug. 29, 2018—A $1 million gift has established a new faculty chair within the School of Medicine’s Basic Sciences that is named in honor of the late biochemist Richard Armstrong.

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Clue to treating obesity found in body’s ‘rheostat’

Aug. 23, 2018—New research by Masoud Ghamari-Langroudi and colleagues has revealed that a certain brain protein called MC3R plays a role in causing the body to reset its "ideal" weight.

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Vanderbilt study explores how dual-eligible beneficiaries spend

Aug. 17, 2018—People who qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare tend to have very serious, complex health problems, but new research by Laura Keohane shows that their rate of healthcare spending is not rising any faster than that of people eligible for just Medicare.

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Predictive models for gene regulation

Aug. 17, 2018—Modern statistical tools are not very accurate when it comes to predicting the discrete and non-symmetric behaviors of individual cells. Gregor Neuert and colleagues say that's because the wrong tools are being used.

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YAP after acute kidney injury

Aug. 17, 2018—ianchun Chen, Raymond Harris and colleagues have identified a potential new target for treating acute kidney injury.

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A new target for lung cancer

Aug. 17, 2018—Xiangming Ji, Pierre Massion and colleagues have discovered that blocking the transporter protein xCT could slow the progression of non-small cell lung cancer.

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Risk factors for faulty rhythms

Aug. 17, 2018—Prince Kannankeril and colleagues explored clinical and genetic factors associated with atrial tachycardia after congenital heart disease surgery in infants younger than 1 year old.

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Study finds behavioral changes insufficient at preventing early childhood obesity

Aug. 9, 2018—New research by Shari Barkin shows that improving nutrition and increasing opportunities to be more active were insufficient in achieving sustained reduction in childhood obesity in poor neighborhoods.

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Study to explore how rising medication costs impact elderly

Aug. 9, 2018—A team led by Stacie Dusetzina has received a grant to determine whether rising drug prices and out-of-pocket expenses are causing older Americans enrolled in Medicare Part D to delay or never fill their prescriptions.

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Repairs in the basement membrane

Aug. 9, 2018—New research by Andrea Page-McCaw shows that a membrane that wraps around most animal tissues can heal within 24 hours, but does leave a scar.

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Genetic balancing act

Aug. 9, 2018—David Cortez and colleagues have found that a protein called RADX helps modulate a protein called RAD51 in order to make sure exactly the correct amount of DNA repair occurs.

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Poster session Friday will feature work on next-gen vaccines

Aug. 6, 2018—The computer-aided design and engineering of antibodies and vaccine candidates that can neutralize viral scourges like influenza and Ebola will be the topic of an Aug. 17 poster session presented by the Vanderbilt Center for Structural Biology and the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center.

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