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Enabling Innovation seminar: ‘Attracting Capital to Fuel Your Biotech/Scientific Startup’ Dec. 13

Dec. 9, 2019—The Enabling Innovation Initiative presents Kayla Graff, CEO and co-founder of SweetBio, who will discuss “Million Dollar Lessons: Attracting Capital to Fuel Your Biotech/Scientific Startup” on Friday, Dec. 13, beginning at 2 p.m. in Light Hall, Room 512.

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Study reveals mysteries of critical brain receptor complex

Dec. 5, 2019—Poorly functioning AMPARs have been linked to a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders including seizures, Alzheimer’s disease, major depression and autism spectrum disorder. Understanding how AMPARs are formed and operate is essential for the rational design of pharmacological compounds that, by tuning AMPAR activity up or down, could improve treatment of these conditions.

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Genetic screen in worms reveals critical step in insulin synthesis

Dec. 4, 2019—The identification of a protein important for insulin synthesis may hold clues for understanding the pathogenesis of diabetes.

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Understanding cell division

Nov. 18, 2019—Vanderbilt researchers have uncovered another piece in the puzzle of how cells divide — a process that goes awry in cancer cells.

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Blueprint for treating epilepsy

Nov. 14, 2019—Structural details of a protein that is essential to normal brain function could improve treatments for epilepsy and other seizure disorders.

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Discovery Science Emerging Scholars Lecture: Reginald Cannady Nov. 12

Nov. 1, 2019—Reginald Cannady, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina, will discuss “Probing Novel Targets to Reduce Heavy Drinking in Models of Alcohol Use Disorder” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Light Hall, Room 512, as part of the Discovery Science Emerging Scholars Lecture Series.

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Vanderbilt investigators lead effort to create map of the human kidney

Nov. 1, 2019—Researchers at Vanderbilt's Biomolecular Multimodal Imaging Center are working to create a high-resolution, three-dimensional “atlas” of the human kidney that will help future researchers understand what exactly goes wrong when kidneys fail.

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Imaging host-pathogen battle for metal

Oct. 31, 2019—An unprecedented view of bacterial products within infected tissues opens new opportunities to explore infection biology and devise novel therapeutic strategies.

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‘Unlocking the Promise of Medicine through Academic and Biotech/Pharma Innovation’ Nov. 15

Oct. 30, 2019—Gary J. Nabel, chief scientific officer and senior vice president of Sanofi, will discuss “Unlocking the Promise of Medicine through Academic and Biotech/Pharma Innovation” at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Light Hall, Room 512. The lecture is part of the School of Medicine Basic Science's Enabling Innovation Initiative seminar series. 

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Completing DNA synthesis

Oct. 21, 2019—James Dewar and colleagues have identified a role for the enzyme topoisomerase II in reducing replication errors during the final stage of DNA synthesis.

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Microscopic spines connect worm neurons

Oct. 17, 2019—Worm neurons have microscopic “spines” — where nerve-to-nerve communication happens — that share features with mammalian neurons, supporting the use of worms to study spine genetics and biology.

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‘Muscle Stem Cell Under Stress’ Oct. 24

Oct. 16, 2019—The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology will present a special seminar on Thursday, Oct. 24.  Annarita Scaramozza, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California-San Francisco, will present “Muscle Stem Cell Under Stress” beginning at 12:15 p.m. in MRB III, Room 3131.

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