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Kidney disease imaging

Mar. 22, 2018—Making multiple measurements with MRI can provide comprehensive information about the molecular and cellular changes caused by kidney injury.

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Cell skeleton and the brush border

Jan. 31, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered a role for microtubules — part of the cellular “skeleton” — in organizing the unique sidedness of the epithelial cells that line organs like the intestines.

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Motoring to the tips of the brush border

Oct. 6, 2016—New findings implicate a motor protein in the assembly of the brush border in the intestines and kidneys – a specialized surface that is critical for healthy organ function.

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Immune system a must for kidney repair

Nov. 12, 2015—A signaling protein that is essential for recovery from acute kidney injury works by increasing the population of tissue-repairing immune cells.

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VUMC receives NIH grant to develop artificial kidney

Nov. 3, 2015—The National Institutes of Health has awarded a four-year, $6 million grant to investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) to develop an implantable artificial kidney.

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Surprising finding in the kidney

Apr. 16, 2015—TGF-beta signaling in the kidney was thought to be a target for reducing renal fibrosis, but Vanderbilt researchers report that fibrosis still occurs in the absence of TGF-beta signaling.

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VUCast: Ingenious Inventions

May. 21, 2014—In the latest VUCast: Check out some creative inventions by Vanderbilt students; see how a "bionic man" has ties to Vanderbilt; and learn details about a new academic building under construction on campus. All this and more in the latest VUCast, Vanderbilt's online newscast. Watch now.

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Small molecule protects kidney filter

Mar. 19, 2014—A compound identified at Vanderbilt has therapeutic potential in protecting the kidney filter barrier.

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‘Longevity’ gene aids kidney survival

Apr. 17, 2013—A gene associated with cell survival and longevity may protect the kidney from acute injury.

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Woman gives ultimate Valentine’s gift to her husband

Feb. 14, 2013—For the nearly 25 years Thomas Duncan has been married, he was crowned the king of Valentine’s Day gift giving. Not this year however, says his wife, Kim, who now carries the unofficial title after donating a kidney to her husband on Feb. 14. “We have definitely been joking about this,” chuckled Thomas Duncan before...

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Do-it-yourself repair in the kidney

Jan. 31, 2013—The kidney can mediate its own repair through proliferation of resident immune system cells.

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Son’s kidney donation to his mother the ultimate gift

Dec. 20, 2012—For as long as Noah Harrison can remember, he has made all of his mother’s Christmas, birthday and other special occasion gifts by hand. But this year, Harrison’s gift for his mother goes beyond the typical card or crafty ornament. It can officially be labeled the best gift ever and it came a week early....

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