Basic Sciences

  • Insulin in vials

    VUMC team’s discovery could lead to new diabetes treatment

    High circulating glucose, the hallmark of diabetes, is linked to the disease’s most serious complications including heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and amputation. Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death and costs the nation an estimated $322 billion a year. Restoring the action of insulin has been the traditional… Read More

    Jun. 15, 2017

  • Vanderbilt University

    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine moves to eighth in NIH research funding

    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) now ranks No. 8 in the nation among U.S. medical schools in total grant support provided through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The new ranking raises VUSM’s standing two spots from the No. 10 position it held last year. Read More

    Apr. 13, 2017

  • Stephanie Correa, UCLA

    Basic Sciences lecture to explore ‘Sex-Specific Neural Regulation of Energy Balance’ April 13

    UCLA's Dr. Stephanie Correa is the next speaker in the Discovery Science Emerging Scholars Lecture series. She will discuss "Sex-Specific Neural Regulation of Energy Balance" beginning at 4 p.m. April 13 in Preston Research Building, Room 206. Read More

    Apr. 3, 2017

  • Vanderbilt University

    Inaugural Discovery Science Emerging Scholars Lecture is March 16

    Rene Raphemot, who earned his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt in 2014 and is now a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University, will give the inaugural Discovery Science Emerging Scholars Lecture beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 16, in Preston Research Building, Room 206. Read More

    Mar. 10, 2017

  • Vanderbilt University

    Second set of University Courses announced

    Six new courses, ranging from the impact of African music on politics to the interdisciplinary applications of virtual reality to big data methods for smart city development, are among the second set of University Courses to be offered at Vanderbilt University. Read More

    Feb. 13, 2017

  • Vanderbilt University

    Sanders named to key VUSM Basic Sciences role

    Charles Sanders, Ph.D., has been named associate dean for Research in the Basic Sciences of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Read More

    Feb. 9, 2017

  • Boy looking through blinds

    Gene mutation discovery may hold autism clues: study

    Researchers at Vanderbilt have identified what may be a genetic “smoking gun” for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) — a mutation in the gene for the critical neuronal protein CaMKII. Read More

    Feb. 2, 2017

  • Vanderbilt University

    Hasty named to new VUSM Basic Sciences role

    Alyssa Hasty, Ph.D., professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, has been named Associate Dean for Faculty Development for Basic Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Read More

    Feb. 2, 2017

  • Vanderbilt University

    Sealy named to VUSM diversity leadership role

    Linda Sealy, Ph.D., has been named associate dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Basic Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Read More

    Jan. 26, 2017

  • Vanderbilt University

    Casagrande recalled as neuroscience pillar, supportive mentor

    Vivien Casagrande, Ph.D., a neuroscientist and professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) noted for her many contributions to the visual sciences, died peacefully at her home on Saturday, Jan. 21. She was 74. Read More

    Jan. 24, 2017

  • Vanderbilt University

    Lindsley’s drug discovery efforts land ASPET Award

    Craig Lindsley, Ph.D., a leader of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s groundbreaking drug discovery program, is the 2017 recipient of the Pharmacia-ASPET Award in Experimental Therapeutics from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). Read More

    Jan. 12, 2017

  • Vanderbilt University

    Investigational new drug for Alzheimer’s scheduled for first study in humans

    Vanderbilt University scientists have received notification from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that testing in humans may proceed for an investigational new drug for Alzheimer's disease after more than 10 years of research by scientists at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Read More

    Dec. 27, 2016

  • Vanderbilt University

    Moses elected to National Academy of Inventors

    Harold (Hal) Moses, M.D., Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and director emeritus of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Moses, professor and interim chair of Cancer Biology, is among 175 academic leaders named to the 2016 class of NAI Fellows. Read More

    Dec. 16, 2016

  • Vanderbilt University

    Back to Basics: Q&A with Dean Lawrence Marnett

    In April, when the fiscal separation of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center was completed, Larry Marnett—the University Professor of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacology and Mary Geddes Stahlman Professor of Cancer Research—assumed a new role as the School of Medicine’s first dean of basic sciences, reporting directly to the provost. Read More

    Nov. 20, 2016

  • Vanderbilt University

    School of Medicine Establishes New Giving Societies

    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) has launched two new donor societies: the John E. Chapman, M.D. Society, which supports clinical programs and endowed faculty chairs, and the Discovery Circle, which supports the basic sciences. Read More

    Nov. 20, 2016

  • Vanderbilt University

    Basic science, extraordinary impact

    The discoveries that can change the course of human health forever often begin in the tiniest places: in molecules and cells, at the most fundamental intersection of physics, chemistry and biology. Understanding how these cellular and molecular processes work is the focus of basic biomedical research at Vanderbilt. Read More

    Oct. 6, 2016

  • Vanderbilt University

    New center will examine addiction at molecular level, develop treatments

    Vanderbilt University researchers from diverse scientific disciplines are joining forces to help crack the stubborn mysteries of addiction through the new Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research. Read More

    Aug. 17, 2016

  • x-ray of cell showing cell bodies

    When mitochondrial genes act up

    A team of Vanderbilt scientists have identified some of the methods that mutant mitochondrial DNA use to circumvent the molecular mechanisms that cells use to regulate mitochondrial activity. Read More

    Jul. 12, 2016

  • Vanderbilt University

    Marnett named dean of basic sciences for School of Medicine

    Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente announced today that Lawrence J. Marnett will be named dean of basic sciences in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine at the time of the legal separation of the university and Medical Center. Read More

    Apr. 14, 2016