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Niswender named Clinical Research Center director

Nov. 30, 2017—Kevin Niswender, MD, PhD, whose work has helped advance understanding of the neural underpinnings of obesity and metabolic syndrome, has been named director of the Clinical Research Center (CRC) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).

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VUMC joins cutting-edge obesity research network

Mar. 16, 2017—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is one of four centers receiving a $15 million, four-year research award from the American Heart Association (AHA) to provide cutting-edge research on obesity as part of its sixth Strategically Focused Research Network (SFRN).

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Study to track diabetes drug’s ability to also treat asthma

Jan. 19, 2017—Investigators in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine and the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism recently received a $1.25 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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VUCast: Which breast cancer chemo works best?

Jan. 29, 2016—In the latest VUCast: Learn about a breakthrough breast cancer test that determines which chemo works best on a tumor; see how obese children's brains are different than those of their healthy-weight peers; and find out how "sticky mittens" could help babies later in life.

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Award recognizes Niswender’s research achievements

Jan. 28, 2016—Kevin Niswender, M.D., Ph.D., a physician-scientist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center whose work has helped advance understanding of diseases ranging from obesity to schizophrenia, is one of 10 recipients of the 2016 Harrington Scholar-Innovator Awards.

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Study shows brain function differs in obese children

Jan. 21, 2016—The brains of children who are obese function differently from those of children of healthy weight, and exhibit an “imbalance” between food-seeking and food-avoiding behaviors, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have found.

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Study tracks brain’s trigger for overeating high-fat food

Sep. 24, 2015—Disruptions in a specific signaling pathway in the brain can cause overeating of high-fat food, researchers at Vanderbilt University have found.

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Signals of schizophrenia

Jul. 9, 2015—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered a possible molecular mechanism of schizophrenia that could lead to new treatments for the disorder.

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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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Vanderbilt study supports notion ‘You are what you eat’

Jun. 2, 2014—An international research group led by Vanderbilt University scientists has shown for the first time that a lipid, or fat molecule, can regulate “psychostimulant” behaviors by interacting with a brain protein.

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Vanderbilt’s Hong, Niswender elected to ASCI

Apr. 18, 2013—Charles Hong, M.D., Ph.D., and Kevin Niswender, M.D., Ph.D., have been elected to membership in the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), one of the nation’s most respected medical honor societies.

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Vanderbilt-led team to develop ‘microbrain’ to improve drug testing

Jul. 24, 2012—Creating a device out of human cells that simulates brain chemistry is the goal of a $6.4 million grant which is part of major new federal initiative to develop a series of “organs on a chip” designed to improve the drug development process.

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