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Research conducted by medical students recognized at events

Mar. 8, 2018—Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University Cancer Partnership recently hosted the 2018 annual retreat and poster contest, “Health Disparities in Cancer Immunology & Immune Therapy.”

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Discovery by Vanderbilt-led group could lead to improved diabetes treatment

Mar. 6, 2018—Vanderbilt investigators and colleagues around the country have made a major discovery that could lead to better ways to treat type 1 diabetes (T1D).

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Study sheds light on how childhood RSV can lead to asthma

Mar. 1, 2018—Infants who have higher amounts of the bacterium Lactobacillus present in their nose or upper part of the throat during an acute respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection are less likely to develop childhood wheezing later in life, a new Vanderbilt-led Center for Asthma Research study found.

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Study reveals safety signal from genes that mimic drugs

Mar. 1, 2018—Prospective mothers taking a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs might incur higher risk of spina bifida in their future children, according to a study published in the journal Drug Safety by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Older adults less likely to receive flu tests: study

Mar. 1, 2018—An influenza diagnosis for people 65 and older is serious. Up to 85 percent of influenza-related deaths occur in older adults, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention reports.

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Graphene material strengthens nerve signaling in the brain

Mar. 1, 2018—Less than 20 years after it was developed, a thin, resilient sheet of carbon atoms with remarkable properties known as graphene is transforming biomedical fields as far flung as tissue engineering, neuroprosthetics and drug discovery.

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Structure of a stem cell niche

Feb. 28, 2018—Understanding the specialized environment where stem cells reside is important for developing stem-cell based regenerative therapies.

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Cannabis compound reduces seizures

Feb. 26, 2018—Cannabidiol (CBD) oils reduced seizures in patients with difficult-to-treat epilepsy, Vanderbilt investigators have found.

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Hope for an RSV vaccine

Feb. 23, 2018—Newly discovered features in an RSV protein may be useful for rational structure-based vaccine design.

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Mitochondrial mutations and disease

Feb. 22, 2018—New findings suggest that oxidative stress damages mitochondrial DNA, and they link this damage to a disease state.

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Glaucoma study finds brain fights to preserve vision

Feb. 22, 2018—A team of researchers, led by David Calkins, PhD, vice chair and director of Research at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, has made a breakthrough discovery in the field of glaucoma showing new hopes for treatments to preserve vision.

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Linda Sealy receives 2018 AAAS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement

Feb. 15, 2018—Professor Linda Sealy has won the AAAS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement for her continued efforts to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in STEM Ph.D. programs.

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