Department Of Medicine

  • colorectal cancer

    New markers of colorectal cancer risk

    Vanderbilt epidemiologists identified new markers for colorectal cancer risk and characterized a previously unidentified tumor suppressor that regulates overall tumor volume in vivo. Read More

    Oct. 29, 2020

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    New tool to probe genetic mechanisms of disease

    Vanderbilt Genetics Institute investigators have added a new method to the computational genetics toolbox. Their approach, described in the journal Nature Genetics, integrates vast genomics datasets to predict gene expression and facilitate discovery of genetic mechanisms underlying human diseases. Read More

    Oct. 22, 2020

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    Possible COVID-19 “decoy”

    It might be possible to use vesicles carrying the receptor for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to bind the virus and prevent infection. Read More

    Oct. 15, 2020

  • Blood vessel

    Brain blood vessel response to hypoxia

    The brain’s response to low oxygen — growth and remodeling of blood vessels — involves certain cell types and molecular pathways, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered. Read More

    Oct. 15, 2020

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    Clue to diabetic kidney disease

    Vanderbilt researchers have identified a signaling pathway that promotes kidney fibrosis in patients with diabetes — and that could be targeted with an existing approved medication. Read More

    Oct. 5, 2020

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    Genes spell penicillin allergy risk

    Studies using large DNA biobanks revealed genetic variants associated with penicillin allergy, the most common type of drug-induced allergic reaction. Read More

    Oct. 1, 2020

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    New predictors of prostate cancer risk

    An international group of researchers including Vanderbilt epidemiologists has identified new DNA methylation biomarkers associated with prostate cancer risk. Read More

    Sep. 17, 2020

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    Award supports integration of genomic data, electronic health records

    Eric Gamazon, PhD, assistant professor of Medicine, has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to develop novel computational tools that integrate functional genomic data and electronic health records. Read More

    Sep. 10, 2020

  • coronavirus

    Possible key to COVID-19 infectivity

    New findings demonstrate how genetic variations in the receptor that binds SARS-CoV-2 impact virus recognition and infectivity and offer insights to COVID-19 susceptibility and treatment. Read More

    Sep. 7, 2020

  • social distancing

    VUMC awarded $34 million to lead nationwide convalescent plasma study

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been awarded a one-year, $34-million grant by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, to conduct a nationwide study of “convalescent plasma” as a treatment for COVID-19. Read More

    Aug. 21, 2020

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    Salt, immune cells and hypertension

    Excess dietary salt activates immune cells to induce inflammation and hypertension, supporting current recommendations for low sodium consumption. Read More

    Aug. 20, 2020

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    A “torque” for tumor blood vessels

    Vanderbilt scientists have discovered a new target for normalizing tumor blood vessels to improve cancer immunotherapies. Read More

    Aug. 20, 2020

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    ‘Scavenger’ molecule may point to new atherosclerosis treatment

    A small-molecule “scavenger” that reduces inflammation and formation of atherosclerotic plaque in blood vessels in mice potentially could lead to a new approach for treating atherosclerosis in humans, according to researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Read More

    Aug. 20, 2020

  • Cancer-prevention

    A step toward cancer prevention

    A computational technique that combines the effect of multiple genomic variants has the potential to identify high-risk individuals for cancer prevention. Read More

    Aug. 10, 2020

  • appendicitis

    Appendix cancer survival in young patients varies by race: study

    Appendiceal cancer — cancer of the appendix — is a rare malignancy that is usually found during surgery for acute appendicitis. Although the rate of appendectomies has been stable over the last two decades, the incidence of malignant appendiceal cancer increased 232% in the United States. Read More

    Aug. 6, 2020

  • stomach

    Study gauges specific site stomach cancer risks among ethnic groups

    Non-white Americans, especially Asian Americans, are at disproportionately higher risk for gastric cancer compared to non-Hispanic white Americans. A new study breaks down this risk according to specific ethnicities and locations within the stomach. Read More

    Aug. 6, 2020

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    Pseudoislet system expected to advance pancreas and diabetes research

    The multicellular, 3-D structure of human pancreatic islets — the areas of the pancreas containing hormone-producing or endocrine cells — has presented challenges to researchers as they study and manipulate these cells’ function, but Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers have now developed a pseudoislet system that allows for much easier study of islet function. Read More

    Jul. 30, 2020

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    Protein study may be key to treating fibrotic diseases

    A protein linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurological disease that causes muscle weakness, may be a key to treating fibrotic disease of the kidneys and other organs, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center reported recently. Read More

    Jul. 30, 2020

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    Soy food, metabolism and the microbiome

    Consumption of soy foods may shape the microbiome and protect against hypertension only in individuals with soy-responsive microbiota, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered. Read More

    Jul. 27, 2020

  • Helicobacter Pylori bacterium, medical illustration pathogenic microorganism in human stomach

    Stomach bug hit-and-run

    The H. pylori machinery that “injects” an oncoprotein into stomach cells contributes to the development of gastric cancer, Vanderbilt researchers demonstrate. Read More

    Jul. 23, 2020