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Grant spurs research on how nerves guide organ function

Oct. 13, 2016—Michelle Southard-Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of Medicine in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, has won a major award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support her research on how nerves control organ function.

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Studies aim to speed, track peripheral nerve recovery

Oct. 6, 2016—Surgeons have limited tools to successfully repair and track the recovery of peripheral nerves that have been severely damaged as a result of a traumatic injury, but Vanderbilt investigators hope to change this through research studies recently funded with more than $3 million in grants from the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health.

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Myelin junctions key to conduction

Apr. 11, 2014—A protein in the myelin coating on nerves helps form a “seal” that enables effective nerve conduction; loss of the protein causes inherited neuropathies.

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How ‘Jedi’ disposes of dead neurons

Sep. 19, 2012—The protein Syk is essential for clearing away neuron “corpses” in the developing peripheral nervous system.

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