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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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VUCast: Eat More, Lose Weight!

Jan. 16, 2013—This Week on VUCast, Vanderbilt’s online newscast: Eat more, lose weight! A Vandy nutritionist shows how it works Anger in the court! Why ticked-off judges may be better judges. See what inspires some of our professors to teach.

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Preventing hardened heart valves

Dec. 26, 2012—Blocking a serotonin receptor may provide a novel therapy for heart valve disease.

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Merryman selected to attend U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium

Jul. 3, 2012—David Merryman, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is among 78 of the nation's brightest young engineers selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's 18th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium.

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Heart for Research: Energized by the pursuit, David Merryman and his team look for answers to cardiovascular disease

Nov. 3, 2011—Talk to people who know David Merryman best, and one adjective is heard frequently: passionate. Talk to Merryman yourself and it is easy to see why. Discussing his research, the assistant professor of biomedical engineering seems ready to leap out of his chair at any moment, perhaps to tweak the complex formulas written in grease...

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