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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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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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AAAS, chemistry society honor Lindsley’s research contributions

Feb. 1, 2018—Craig Lindsley, PhD, co-director of the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery (VCNDD), has been named a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and elected chair-elect of the Section of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Cell skeleton and the brush border

Jan. 31, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered a role for microtubules — part of the cellular “skeleton” — in organizing the unique sidedness of the epithelial cells that line organs like the intestines.

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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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