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David Merryman

Eight new endowed chair holders honored

Sep. 20, 2019—Vanderbilt’s eight newest endowed chair holders were recognized by Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente, deans, colleagues, family members and donors Sept. 16 at the Student Life Center.

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Antibody “road block” enables fine-tuning for cardiac recovery, decreases risk of heart failure

Sep. 19, 2019—A new study published by Vanderbilt mechanobiology researchers details a possible solution for fine-tuning inflammation and cellular activity in cardiac recovery – thanks to an antibody initially developed for rheumatoid arthritis. 

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Study links Celebrex, heart valve calcification after earlier research declared drug safe

Feb. 22, 2019—A big-data analysis of patient records at Vanderbilt University has found a link specifically between Celebrex and heart valve calcification.

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Vanderbilt study suggests way to prevent rare lung disease

Nov. 15, 2018—Pulmonary hypertension may be treated by targeting a bone marrow cell that normally promotes the growth of new blood vessels, according to new research by David Merryman.

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Drug developed for arthritis could be first to stop heart valve calcification

Jun. 12, 2017—The first drug to treat calcification of heart valves may be one originally designed for rheumatoid arthritis.

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Organ-on-a-chip mimics heart’s biomechanical properties

Feb. 22, 2017—Scientists at Vanderbilt University have created a three-dimensional organ-on-a-chip that can mimic the heart’s amazing biomechanical properties in order to study cardiac disease, develop heart drugs.

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Twelve faculty members selected as 2017 Chancellor Faculty Fellows

Feb. 6, 2017—The 2017 class of Chancellor Faculty Fellows comprises highly accomplished, recently tenured faculty from across the university.

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Merryman wins $6M to address heart disease with arthritis drug, fund other research

Feb. 3, 2017—David Merryman will study how to treat heart disease using drugs originally developed for rheumatoid arthritis and applying the lessons learned from failed weight loss drugs like Fen-Phen.

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Six attract National Institutes of Health grants for wide-ranging research

Jul. 12, 2016—Five biomedical engineering professors and an electrical engineering and computer science professor are celebrating news about newly approved or resubmitted Research Project Grants (R01) from the Nationals Institutes of Health.

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Hypertension hiatus

Feb. 23, 2016—New findings offer a potential strategy for preventing heritable pulmonary arterial hypertension.

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Baby hearts need rhythm to develop correctly

Feb. 18, 2014—The mechanical forces generated by the rhythmic expansion and contraction of cardiac muscle cells play an active role in the initial stage of heart valve formation.

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Cell connections key in valve disease

Feb. 14, 2013—A protein that connects cells together participates in the calcification that occurs in heart valve disease.

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