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Reporter July 21 2017

Probing the genetics of autoimmunity

Jul. 21, 2017—Vanderbilt researchers have found that non-coding regions of the genome appear to contribute to the risk of autoimmune diseases and may represent attractive therapeutic targets.

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Study identifies protein’s role in chemotherapy resistance

Jul. 20, 2017—Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have discovered a protein that may lead to a new way to prevent resistance and improve outcomes for patients whose cancers have mutations in the tumor suppressor gene BRCA2.

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Shyr named chair of Department of Biostatistics

Jul. 20, 2017—Yu Shyr, Ph.D., Harold L. Moses Professor of Cancer Research and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Quantitative Sciences, has been named chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Biostatistics. He will assume the post Sept. 1.

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Immune responses linked to cell’s recycling system

Jul. 20, 2017—Autophagy is the cellular equivalent of trash pickup and recycling — it is a process by which proteins, protein aggregates and damaged cellular organelles are degraded in order to reuse nutrients and promote cellular metabolism.

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Clinical trial to test Singulair to treat bladder pain syndrome

Jul. 20, 2017—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is currently enrolling women to participate in a study looking at the drug Montelukast to treat interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS).

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Dog Days of Summer

Jul. 20, 2017—Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt held a “Dog Days of Summer Paw-ty” for patients and families June 18.

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Aspirnaut program helps launch students into science

Jul. 20, 2017—Now in its ninth year, a unique summer research program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) designed primarily for rural students with limited resources is proving that talent has no zip code.

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Event to make hand surgeries possible for uninsured people

Jul. 20, 2017—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) employees are making it possible for uninsured people suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome and other hand disorders to receive surgical treatment.

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Emergency Medicine’s Wrenn leaves legacy of learning

Jul. 20, 2017—Keith Wrenn, M.D., who for 25 years has been a leader in Vanderbilt’s Department of Emergency Medicine serving as its first and only residency director, is stepping down.

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eSmart portal set to bolster clinical research enterprise

Jul. 20, 2017—About 250 research staff members attended an EpicLeap for Research Town Hall on Monday to learn what they must do to prepare for the Nov. 2 launch of eStar, Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s version of the Epic clinical, administrative and billing software system.

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Osher Center to study standards for mindfulness training

Jul. 20, 2017—As mindfulness grows in popularity as a treatment option for conditions ranging from anxiety to chronic pain, experts in integrative medicine at Vanderbilt are doing research to better quantify its effectiveness and setting standards for how it is administered.

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Drivers of breast cancer metastasis

Jul. 20, 2017—Signaling through a complex of proteins called mTORC2 plays a role in breast cancer migration, invasion and metastasis, Vanderbilt researchers reported.

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