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Discovery Sciences Emerging Scholars Lecture: ‘Synthetic Genome Regulation for Cell and Tissue Engineering’

Apr. 18, 2019—The Downing Lab is interested in understanding how the chemical and biophysical microenvironment influences adult cell behavior and phenotype through epigenetic gene regulatory mechanisms.

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Team explores fungal infection quandary in lung cancer screenings

Apr. 18, 2019—Benign lesions caused by a common fungus can mimic those caused by cancer in the lungs. A Vanderbilt research team is on the hunt for a non-invasive way for doctors to tell the two diseases apart.

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Asian nations in early tobacco epidemic: study

Apr. 18, 2019—Asian countries are in the early stages of a tobacco smoking epidemic with habits mirroring those of the United States from past decades, setting the stage for a spike in future deaths from smoking-related diseases.

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Researchers find high-risk genes for schizophrenia

Apr. 18, 2019—Using a unique computational framework they developed, a team of scientist cyber-sleuths in the Vanderbilt University Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute has identified 104 high-risk genes for schizophrenia.

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Law School, VUMC team up on DHHS grant to develop and test “safe harbor” standards of care

Apr. 18, 2019—A team of researchers from Vanderbilt University’s schools of law, medicine and management has received a five-year research grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and test “safe harbor” standards of care based on scientific evidence.

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How bugs overcome host defenses

Apr. 12, 2019—Eric Skaar and colleagues have figured out how a common bug responsible for ventilator-associated pneumonia responds when starved of zinc, a metal it needs to survive, which may lead to new therapeutic targets for the dangerous infection.

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Discovery aids search for cancer biomarkers

Apr. 12, 2019—A report by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has shattered conventional wisdom about how cells, including cancer cells, shed DNA into the bloodstream.

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Keeping bone in its place

Apr. 12, 2019—Jonathan Schoenecker, Stephanie Moore-Lotridge and colleagues have found a new target for treating a condition that causes bone to form in soft tissue, reducing mobility.

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Pathways of radiosensitization

Apr. 12, 2019—Austin Kirschner and colleagues are learning more about how the cancer drug enzalutamide combines with radiation therapy to treat difficult prostate tumors.

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Beyond the Petri Dish: Gabriela Alvarado, PhD’19

Apr. 11, 2019—Gabriela Alvarado began her graduate program intent on studying something microscopic, but she ended up developing a passion for understanding the bigger picture of her research.

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Combat Veteran and Future Trauma Surgeon: Kathleen Gallagher, MD’19

Apr. 11, 2019—Like many medical students, Kathleen Gallagher knew by the time she’d finished high school biology that she wanted to become a doctor. It was the tragedy of Sept. 11, however, that launched her journey into trauma surgery.

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Seven academic leaders honored at Spring Faculty Assembly

Apr. 5, 2019—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos presented prestigious university awards to seven faculty members honored for their contributions and commitment to the university at the Spring Faculty Assembly.

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