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Sachin Patel

Turning Heads: The Vanderbilt Brain Institute has emerged as a hub of discovery as neuroscience’s influence expands

Aug. 5, 2020—The VBI recently marked its 20th anniversary, a span that has seen the institute’s wide-ranging missions—including administering the university’s Neuroscience Graduate Program, as well as postdoctoral training and community outreach—steadily coalesce under a single umbrella.

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Study finds ‘frozen’ fear response may underlie PTSD

Nov. 27, 2019—To explore how fear becomes entrenched, VUMC researchers traveled down the precise neuronal pathways in the brains of mice that trigger fear responses, and which normally extinguish the behaviors once the danger has passed.

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In the Weeds: Vanderbilt alumni and researchers are working to understand the wider implications of marijuana use

May. 23, 2019—Bernie Ellis, BA’71, heard the helicopters before he saw them. Within minutes they converged, whirring, over his blueberry farm south of Nashville, as 10 federal agents drove up in four-wheelers. The moment he had always feared had arrived: He was being raided.

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Reversing stress-related anxiety

Feb. 14, 2019—Inhibiting COX-2 — an enzyme associated with inflammation — could provide a novel therapeutic approach for stress-related psychiatric disorders.

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Six Vanderbilt physicians honored by medical societies

May. 3, 2018—Four faculty members of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine were among 78 physician-scientists inducted into The American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), an elite honor society of physician-scientists from the upper ranks of academic medicine and industry. They are:

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Regulating anxiety in the brain

Apr. 28, 2017—Two brain signaling pathways have overlapping functions in regulating anxiety, suggesting that therapeutics aimed at one or the other will impact both.

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Vanderbilt study finds natural chemical helps brain adapt to stress

Mar. 28, 2017—A natural signaling molecule that activates cannabinoid receptors in the brain plays a critical role in stress-resilience — the ability to adapt to repeated and acute exposures to traumatic stress, according to researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Celebration honors new holders of endowed chairs at Vanderbilt

Mar. 2, 2017—Ten Vanderbilt University faculty members named to endowed chairs were honored Tuesday during a celebration at the Student Life Center. Their academic achievements range from imaginative scholarship on economics and development to groundbreaking discoveries about the role of DNA in memory formation.

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Cutting-edge research

Nov. 10, 2016—Lawrence Marnett, Ph.D., second from right, talks with three Vanderbilt scientists prior to their presentations during last week’s Flexner Discovery Lecture on cutting-edge research. The speakers were, from left, Mark Wallace, Ph.D., Laura Dugan, M.D., and Sachin Patel, M.D., Ph.D.

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Vanderbilt’s Dugan, Patel, Wallace set for Discovery Lecture

Oct. 27, 2016—Three Vanderbilt University neuroscientists on the forefront of research in autism, addiction and Alzheimer’s disease will discuss their cutting-edge investigations during the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 3.

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New center will examine addiction at molecular level, develop treatments

Aug. 17, 2016—Vanderbilt University researchers from diverse scientific disciplines are joining forces to help crack the stubborn mysteries of addiction through the new Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research.

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VUMC symposium to explore risks, impact of opioids

Jul. 7, 2016—The risks of taking opioids during pregnancy or to manage chronic pain, and the impact this frequently prescribed class of pain relievers has on the adolescent brain will be discussed Wednesday, July 13, during a “bedside-to-bench” symposium at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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