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Twelve Vanderbilt faculty elected AAAS fellows

Nov. 24, 2014—Twelve members of Vanderbilt's faculty have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for their “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.”

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Host sequesters zinc to control stomach bug

Nov. 21, 2014—Understanding how zinc and the host’s immune response control H. pylori’s cancer-causing potential could suggest new therapeutic strategies to reduce infection and cancer risk.

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Staph ‘gangs’ share nutrients during infection: study

Oct. 16, 2014—Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can share resources to cause chronic infections, Vanderbilt investigators have discovered. The findings shed light on a long-standing question in infectious diseases and may inform new treatment strategies.

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Lymphocyte study reveals obesity clues

Oct. 16, 2014—Vanderbilt University researchers are closer to understanding the link between obesity, chronic inflammation and type 2 diabetes.

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Treatment Helps Frogs Fight Fungal Pathogen

Sep. 26, 2014—Simple heat treatments may give the frog immune system a boost and help it fight off a deadly fungal pathogen, according to a new study published July 10 in the journal Nature.

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A path to sarcoidosis treatment

Sep. 25, 2014—Vanderbilt investigators identify a new therapeutic target for the inflammatory lung disease sarcoidosis.

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Aggressive bone cancers build more blood vessels

Sep. 3, 2014—A subpopulation of bone cancer cells may be responsible for driving clinically aggressive behavior, suggesting new treatment options.

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Ascano seeks to shed light on cellular stress response

Aug. 28, 2014—Ebola. Chikungunya. Influenza. What’s to be done about these headline-grabbing, debilitating, often lethal viruses?

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Cassat lands Burroughs Wellcome Fund award

Jul. 31, 2014—James Cassat, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics and Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, has received a Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) Career Award for Medical Scientists.

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New target for breast cancer therapy

Jul. 31, 2014—The protein MTBP is overexpressed in an aggressive type of breast cancer, and it regulates another protein implicated in many cancer types, suggesting that it may be a good target for new therapeutics.

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Treatments for frog fungus

Jul. 25, 2014—The fungicide amphotericin B may be a useful treatment for a frog fungus that is killing amphibians worldwide.

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Natural killer cells don’t clear HMPV

Jul. 23, 2014—Understanding how the immune system responds to the respiratory virus HMPV is crucial for developing vaccines and anti-viral treatments.

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