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A cataract-heart connection

Jan. 25, 2018—Studies of alpha-B crystallin in zebrafish could ultimately lead to improved treatment for cataracts and heart disease.

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Number of minority trainees on rise, but not minority faculty

Jan. 25, 2018—Vanderbilt investigators examined the entire training pathway of potential biomedical research faculty and found two key points of loss: during undergraduate education and in transition from postdoctoral fellowship to tenure-track faculty.

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Directorships honor VUMC’s critical missions

Jan. 25, 2018—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) on Monday held its first Directorship Celebration to honor and support eight of its leaders in clinical care, research, education and administration.

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Enabling Innovation Initiative: ‘David Black, Accidental Entrepreneur’ Feb. 2

Jan. 25, 2018—The Enabling Innovation Initiative will host David L. Black, clinical associate professor of immunology, microbiology, pathology and pharmacology and founder of Aegis Sciences Corporation, on Friday, Feb. 2, at 3 p.m. in Light Hall, Room 214. Black will present "Accidental Entrepreneur: From Scientist to Businessman in 20 Short Years.”

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Study may point to new ways to reverse insulin resistance

Jan. 25, 2018—Researchers at Vanderbilt University have discovered how insulin crosses the capillary endothelium to exit blood vessels and stimulate skeletal muscle cells — a major finding that may lead to new ways to reverse insulin resistance, a hallmark of type 2 diabetes.

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Johns Hopkins’ Dionna Williams to give Emerging Scholars Lecture Feb. 1

Jan. 24, 2018—Dionna Williams of the Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology at Johns Hopkins University will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, in Light Hall, Room 512.

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Twelve faculty members named as 2018 Chancellor Faculty Fellows

Jan. 18, 2018—Twelve outstanding faculty members from across the university have been named to the 2018 class of Chancellor Faculty Fellows. The class comprises highly accomplished, recently tenured faculty from all corners of campus.

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Investigators eye new target for treating movement disorders

Jan. 18, 2018—Blocking a nerve-cell receptor in part of the brain that coordinates movement could improve the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, dyskinesia and other movement disorders, researchers at Vanderbilt University have reported.

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A spicy finding

Jan. 16, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered that curcumin — the active ingredient in the spice turmeric — needs to be metabolically activated to exert anti-inflammatory effects.

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Macara named ‘Pink Tie Guy’ for Komen breast cancer research

Jan. 11, 2018—Ian Macara, PhD, Louise B. McGavock Professor and Chair of Cell and Developmental Biology and co-leader of the Signal Transduction and Chemical Biology Research Program at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), has been named one of the Pink Tie Guys for the Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee organization.

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Celebration honors 11 new endowed chair holders

Dec. 5, 2017—Eleven Vanderbilt University faculty members named to endowed chairs were recognized for their outstanding scholarship and research during a celebration at the Student Life Center Nov. 29.

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New proposal development program hosts visit from Army Research Lab’s chief scientist to explore faculty partnerships

Nov. 29, 2017—The Army Research Lab's top scientist came to Vanderbilt to explore research collaborations with faculty through the provost’s new Leveraged Proposal Organization and Development program.

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