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Brain aging occurs at accelerated rate in patients with psychosis

Mar. 7, 2019—Normal brain aging patterns in patients with a psychotic disorder occur at an accelerated rate, impacting the patient’s cognitive functioning and suggesting treatment intervention in the early psychosis period may improve long-term outcomes.

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Vanderbilt scientists report new modeling of brain signaling

Mar. 7, 2019—Heidi Hamm and colleagues have reported the first animal model of a "shut-off valve" for neurotransmitter and hormone release through SNARE complex-mediated membrane fusion.

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Cell and Development Biology Spring Seminar April 22

Mar. 6, 2019—Monday’s weekly seminars are on a cutting-edge topics in cell or developmental biology, as well as stem cell and epithelial biology.

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Novel DNA repair mechanism preserves genome integrity: study

Feb. 28, 2019—David Cortez and colleagues have discovered a new DNA repair mechanism.

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Investigators map genomic landscape of very rare cancer

Feb. 28, 2019—A team of Vanderbilt researchers mapped out the genomic landscape of a metastatic malignant proliferating tricholemmal tumor and identified a targeted treatment for this very rare cancer.

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Gene identified that increases risk of antibiotic reaction

Feb. 28, 2019—Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and colleagues have identified a gene that increases the risk for a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction to the commonly prescribed antibiotic vancomycin.

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Protein loss promotes cell migration

Feb. 28, 2019—Loss of the protein STK17A may contribute to metastasis of colorectal cancer.

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Personalized pain management

Feb. 28, 2019—People with low levels of endocannabinoids, which stimulate the same brain receptors turned on by the active ingredient in marijuana, experience greater pain relief from opioids than those with high levels.

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Kyla Terhune named to senior GME leadership role

Feb. 28, 2019—Kyla Terhune, associate professor of surgery and director of the Surgery Residency Training Program in the Section of Surgical Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been named vice president for educational affairs for VUMC and associate dean for graduate medical education for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Her appointment is effective July 1.

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Discovery Science Emerging Scholars Lecture: Luis Natividad

Feb. 28, 2019—The Discovery Science Emerging Scholars lecture series features promising young scientists making notable discoveries as postdoctoral fellows or early career faculty.

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Endowed chair holder celebration honors eight faculty members

Feb. 28, 2019—Vanderbilt’s newest endowed chair holders were celebrated for their path-breaking scholarship and research by family members, donors, colleagues and friends during a Feb. 25 ceremony.

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Skin diseases study uses crowdsourcing to gather data

Feb. 21, 2019—Identifying and quantifying skin lesions often requires hours of tedious visual inspection by experts, making it difficult to study a lot of them at once. Eric Tkaczyk and Daniel Fabbri have found that training multiple non-experts to do basic evaluations can achieve comparable results.

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