Timothy Blackwell

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    Tracking lung macrophages

    A new technique will allow researchers to track subsets of immune cells that patrol and defend the lungs, to better understand the roles of these cells during lung inflammation, infection and injury. Read More

    May 4, 2023

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    Why does COVID-19 seem to spare children? Vanderbilt University Medical Center study offers an answer 

    Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and their colleagues have determined a key factor as to why COVID-19 appears to infect and sicken adults and older people preferentially while seeming to spare younger children.  Read More

    Nov 18, 2020

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    Team tracks integrin’s role in lung function

    Beta-1 integrin, a critical component of epithelial extracellular matrix receptors, is essential for normal lung function in adulthood, researchers at VUMC have discovered. Read More

    Feb 6, 2020

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    15 faculty members elected as AAAS fellows

    Fifteen Vanderbilt faculty members conducting a range of biomedical and clinical research have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Six of the 15 have received funding through the university’s Trans-Institutional Programs initiative, which facilitates research and teaching collaborations across disciplines and are a core pillar of the university’s Academic Strategic Plan. Read More

    Nov 20, 2017

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    New Physician Science Doctoral Program graduates first student

    As a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Bradley Richmond, M.D., saw a lot of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an inflammatory lung disease caused most often by long-term exposure to cigarette smoke. Read More

    Feb 2, 2017

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    Grant spurs study of novel imaging technique for COPD

    Vanderbilt researchers have received an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a novel non-invasive imaging approach to detect activation of inflammatory cells in the lungs of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive lung condition that makes breathing difficult. Read More

    Sep 15, 2016

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    Major grant enhances pulmonary fibrosis research

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has received an $11 million program project renewal grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study the genetics and underlying biological mechanisms that lead to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Read More

    Aug 18, 2016

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    Study links COPD with increased bacterial invasion

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common smoking-related lung illness and the third leading cause of death in the United States. Scientists have long believed that inhaling toxic gases and particles from tobacco smoke causes inflammation of the small airways in the lungs, leading to the development of COPD. Read More

    Apr 28, 2016

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    Integrin discovery may lead to better lung treatments

    Vanderbilt University researchers have made an important advance in understanding lung development, which one day could lead to improvements in treating lung disease in premature infants and adults. Read More

    Jan 8, 2015

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    New group of faculty endowed chairs celebrated

    Ten of Vanderbilt’s new endowed chairs were praised as leaders in their fields and on campus during a Sept. 26 ceremony at the Student Life Center. Read More

    Sep 28, 2011