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Team discovers one more piece to the autism puzzle

Oct. 3, 2019—Vanderbilt investigators have linked genetic mutations in a single receptor to epilepsy, autism and intellectual disability.

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Astrocytes and epilepsy

Sep. 9, 2019—A protein with important functions in astrocytes — star-shaped brain support cells — may alter neuronal excitability and contribute to seizure activity, Vanderbilt researchers report.

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Vanderbilt Osher winter term: Innovation, ‘Julius Caesar’ and more

Dec. 21, 2018—Innovative thinking in the digital age, women in the civil rights movement and acting for opera are among the winter 2019 classes offered by Vanderbilt’s Osher Institute for Lifelong Learners.

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MRI technique detects spinal cord changes in MS patients: study

Apr. 19, 2018—A Vanderbilt University Medical Center-led research team has shown that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can detect changes in resting-state spinal cord function in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).

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Adult males 50–65 needed for study on relation between brain chemistry and decision-making

Jan. 5, 2018—The Affective Neuroscience Lab in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University is currently recruiting healthy male adults, 50–65 years old, for a multiday study that attempts to understand the relation between brain chemistry and decision-making.

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Sorry, Grumpy Cat—Study finds dogs are brainier than cats

Nov. 29, 2017—The first study to actually count the number of cortical neurons in the brains of a number of carnivores, including cats and dogs, has found that dogs possess significantly more of them than cats.

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‘Mind’s eye blink’ proves ‘paying attention’ is not just a figure of speech

Nov. 21, 2017—Vanderbilt psychologists have discovered that when you shift your attention from one place to another, your brain 'blinks'—or experiences momentary gaps in perception.

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Adult participants needed for study on relation between brain chemistry and decision-making

Sep. 28, 2017—The Affective Neuroscience Lab in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University is currently recruiting healthy adults, 50–59 years old, for a multi-day study that attempts to understand the relation between brain chemistry and decision-making.

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Regulating anxiety in the brain

Apr. 28, 2017—Two brain signaling pathways have overlapping functions in regulating anxiety, suggesting that therapeutics aimed at one or the other will impact both.

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Protecting the blood-brain barrier

Dec. 9, 2016—Vanderbilt investigators have discovered how a promising cancer immunotherapy causes brain swelling, findings that could lead to ways to protect brain function while fighting cancers.

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Blood-brain barrier on a chip sheds new light on “silent killer”

Dec. 6, 2016—A new microfluidic device containing human cells that faithfully mimics the behavior of the blood-brain barrier is providing new insights into brain inflammation, the silent killer.

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Protein structure and epilepsy severity

Nov. 10, 2016—Understanding how mutations affect the structure and function of inhibitory neurotransmitter receptors will shed light on the mechanisms underlying some types of epilepsy.

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