Research

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    Establishing HIV care in Tennessee

    Vanderbilt researchers find that heterosexually active Black males are the least likely to establish HIV care within one month of diagnosis and suggest that targeted interventions focus on this population. Read More

    Jul. 13, 2021

  • New Extracellular Vesicle Research Center launches; NSF grant is an early success

    New Extracellular Vesicle Research Center launches; NSF grant is an early success

    On July 1, the Program for Extracellular Vesicle Research became one of the nine official centers and institutes associated with the School of Medicine Basic Sciences. The Center for Extracellular Vesicle Research is led by Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Alissa Weaver, who holds the Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and also led the center’s previous incarnation as a program.... Read More

    Jul. 12, 2021

  • New Extracellular Vesicle Research Center launches; NSF grant is an early success

    New Extracellular Vesicle Research Center launches; NSF grant is an early success

    On July 1, the Program for Extracellular Vesicle Research became one of the nine official centers and institutes associated with the School of Medicine Basic Sciences. The Center for Extracellular Vesicle Research is led by Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Alissa Weaver, who holds the Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and also led the center’s previous incarnation as a program.... Read More

    Jul. 12, 2021

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    Probing statin-associated diseases with genetics

    Vanderbilt researchers used genetics tools and biobanks with linked electronic health records to explore the associations between statins and noncardiovascular diseases. Read More

    Jul. 12, 2021

  • BME, CS grad students receive DoD science and engineering graduate fellowships

    BME, CS grad students receive DoD science and engineering graduate fellowships

    Two engineering doctoral students have received 2021 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships. Sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, the NDSEG Fellowship is a highly competitive fellowship awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of 15 supported disciplines. Fellowship selections are made by the... Read More

    Jul. 8, 2021

  • BME, CS grad students receive DoD science and engineering graduate fellowships

    BME, CS grad students receive DoD science and engineering graduate fellowships

    Two engineering doctoral students have received 2021 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships. Sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, the NDSEG Fellowship is a highly competitive fellowship awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of 15 supported disciplines. Fellowship selections are made by the... Read More

    Jul. 8, 2021

  • Digital illustration of heart in an x-ray of a human chest

    Nature’s “recycler” could reduce heart disease risk: study

    Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have identified potential new targets for the prevention of atherosclerosis through the enhancement of autophagy, a natural process for recycling damaged cellular material. Read More

    Jul. 8, 2021

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    Study finds genetic risk factors for severe COVID-19 illness

    A massive worldwide collaboration including researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has identified several genetic factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection and severe COVID-19 illness. Read More

    Jul. 8, 2021

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    Delirium and mortality reexamined

    A multicenter study of ICU patients found that in the hospital, delirium was associated with a nearly three-fold increase in risk of death the following day, but after discharge there was no association between delirium and mortality. Read More

    Jul. 8, 2021

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    Genetics of hydrocephalus

    Fluid build-up in the brain — hydrocephalus — increases pressure and risk for brain damage; Vanderbilt researchers have now identified genes and signaling pathways associated with the condition. Read More

    Jul. 8, 2021

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    Nobel laureate Doudna set for next Discovery Lecture

    Nobel laureate Jennifer Doudna, winner of the 2020 Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science, will deliver the next web-based Discovery Lecture on Thursday, July 22. Doudna is recipient of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the co-development of the revolutionary genome editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9. Read More

    Jul. 7, 2021

  • Vanderbilt graduate students address legislators to advocate for NSF funding

    Vanderbilt graduate students address legislators to advocate for NSF funding

    Two graduate students from Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering and one from the School of Medicine Basic Sciences recently addressed legislators in Washington, D.C., virtually, sharing stories about the important role funding from the National Science Foundation has played in their research and training. Read More

    Jun. 30, 2021

  • Vanderbilt graduate students address legislators to advocate for NSF funding

    Vanderbilt graduate students address legislators to advocate for NSF funding

    By Collier Roberts Members of the Vanderbilt community meet with a staff member from the Office of Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN09). (Office of Federal Relations) Two graduate students from Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering and one from the School of Medicine recently addressed legislators in Washington, D.C., virtually, sharing stories about the important role funding from... Read More

    Jun. 30, 2021

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    Gene variant linked to unnecessary bone marrow biopsies in African Americans

    A gene variant that lowers white blood cell levels and is common in individuals with African ancestry contributes to unnecessary bone marrow biopsies, according to a study published June 28 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  The findings, led by investigators at VUMC, are an example of how using genetic data could reduce a health disparity.  Read More

    Jun. 28, 2021

  • $2.5 million NASA project will develop and test safety management for ‘air taxis’

    $2.5 million NASA project will develop and test safety management for ‘air taxis’

    Multi-university team tackles safety systems for autonomous eVTOLs Vanderbilt engineers are part of a NASA-funded, multi-institution effort to develop safety systems for a mode of transportation that doesn’t exist yet—small, commercial, autonomous planes that move people by air between locations in large, crowded cities. The task is a formidable one with machine learning at its... Read More

    Jun. 28, 2021

  • $2.5 million NASA project will develop and test safety management for ‘air taxis’

    $2.5 million NASA project will develop and test safety management for ‘air taxis’

    Multi-university team tackles safety systems for autonomous eVTOLs Vanderbilt engineers are part of a NASA-funded, multi-institution effort to develop safety systems for a mode of transportation that doesn’t exist yet—small, commercial, autonomous planes that move people by air between locations in large, crowded cities. The task is a formidable one with machine learning at its... Read More

    Jun. 28, 2021

  • Debris piles and blue roof tarps dominate an area of Mount Juliet affected by the March 2020 tornados. The image was taken on March 11, 2020, a bit more than a week after the storms.

    Grad student adds drone imagery to toolbox for post-disaster recovery

     A new online gallery of photos taken in the days, weeks and months following the March 2020 tornados that struck Middle Tennessee is the work of Daniel Perrucci, a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering, who wants to make disaster recovery more equitable. Read More

    Jun. 24, 2021

  • Grad student adds drone imagery to toolbox for post-disaster recovery

    Grad student adds drone imagery to toolbox for post-disaster recovery

      A new online gallery of photos taken in the days, weeks and months following the March 2020 regional tornados is the work of an engineering graduate student who wants to make disaster recovery more equitable. Daniel Perrucci, a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering, used bird’s eye imagery from drones as well as street-level photography... Read More

    Jun. 24, 2021

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    Treating metastatic prostate cancer

    An indirect comparative effectiveness study using published data suggests that the targeted therapy olaparib should be re-evaluated for treating metastatic prostate cancer. Read More

    Jun. 22, 2021

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    Combination antibody therapies should retain effectiveness against emerging COVID-19 variants: study

    Five monoclonal antibody “cocktails,” including one developed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), are protective in animal studies against several variant strains of COVID-19, according to a report this week in the journal Nature. Read More

    Jun. 22, 2021