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Vanderbilt researchers win an R&D100 Award for MultiWell MicroFormulator

Dec. 13, 2017—A team of Vanderbilt University scientists and engineers led by Professor John P. Wikswo has won an R&D 100 Award--called the "Oscar of Innovation"--for their MultiWell MicroFormulator.

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Goal of new tissue-chip research is to assess efficacy of novel epilepsy drugs

Sep. 20, 2017—An interdisciplinary team of Vanderbilt University researchers has received a two-year, $2-million federal grant to develop an “organ-on-chip” model for two genetic forms of epilepsy.

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Class of 2017: Zachary Bednarke thrives at the intersection of science and music

Apr. 25, 2017—After hours of thinking about theoretical physics, senior Zachary Bednarke relaxes by playing his trumpet. While running through scales on the instrument, he is also, technically, still doing schoolwork.

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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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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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Weird Science: Kit Parker’s breakthrough work on artificial hearts and brain injuries

Dec. 5, 2016—Expect the unexpected when you walk into Kit Parker’s biophysics lab at Harvard. From cuttlefish skin camouflage to cotton candy machines used for wound dressings, his science is anything but ordinary. In fact, the young scientists inside are just as likely to be playing with crayons to visualize solutions to complex problems as they are...

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VUCast: Easing allergies; Are your cleaning products safe?

Jun. 8, 2015—In the latest VUCast: See which simple food can ease your allergies; learn about Vanderbilt's role in testing man-made chemicals; and what new invention can help reduce drought? Watch now!

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Vanderbilt and Pittsburgh to lead new center to identify toxic chemicals

Mar. 25, 2015—EPA is establishing a new center at Vanderbilt University and the University of Pittsburgh to develop an alternative approach for toxicity testing to help evaluate the safety of the 80,000-plus chemicals in general commerce.

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Vanderbilt’s neurovascular chip project moves into new phase

Nov. 18, 2014—Vanderbilt researchers will play a key role in the second phase of the federal "tissue chip for drug screening" program.

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VUCast Extra: Vanderbilt advances ‘organ-on-a-chip’ research

Jul. 22, 2014—A team of Vanderbilt researchers is working on a radical new way to test drugs and toxins. It all starts with an "organ on a chip."

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Significant progress toward creating “benchtop human” reported

Mar. 27, 2014—Vanderbilt physicist John Wikswo reported significant progress toward creating “homo minutus” – a human-on-a-chip that can be used to test drugs and toxins – on Mar. 26 at the Society of Toxicology meeting in Phoenix.

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Vanderbilt awarded $16.5 million agreement to determine how toxic agents affect human cells

Mar. 3, 2014—Vanderbilt University has been awarded a Cooperative Agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Army Research Office that is worth up to $16.5 million over five years.

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