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Author: Leigh MacMillan

Team explores diabetes drug’s ability to treat RSV infection

Jul. 12, 2018—A drug used to treat diabetes may point to new therapies for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) bronchiolitis — inflammation and obstruction of the lungs’ small airways. A multi-disciplinary team of Vanderbilt investigators has demonstrated that liraglutide reduces the inflammatory response to RSV infection in a mouse model of the disease.

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Mother knows best

Jul. 2, 2018—The first demonstration of bacterial DNA in mammalian fetal intestinal tissue suggests that the mother’s microbiome moves into the fetal intestine.

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New staph virulence factor

Jun. 28, 2018—Jun. 28, 2018—The new factor, an enzyme involved in host-pathogen interactions, may be a viable target for treating staph infections.

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New BRET course offers introduction to data science

Jun. 21, 2018—Biomedical science trainees at Vanderbilt have a new career exploration option starting this fall — they can get a taste of what it means to be a “data scientist.” The Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET) Office of Career Development’s ASPIRE Program received a Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) grant to support a new ASPIRE Module...

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Karijolich named 2018 Pew Biomedical Scholar

Jun. 14, 2018—John Karijolich, PhD, assistant professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been named a Pew Biomedical Scholar by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Grant bolsters Hiremath’s research on esophageal disorder

Jun. 14, 2018—Girish Hiremath, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Pediatrics, has received a Junior Faculty Development Grant from the American College of Gastroenterology Institute for Clinical Research and Education.

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Evolution of a deadly virus

May. 23, 2018—Genomic sequences have revealed that Florida is a major source of a mosquito-borne virus that causes disease in horses and humans.

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Shaping reward circuits

May. 18, 2018—Using techniques to control and monitor the activities of individual neurons, Vanderbilt investigators are probing the brain’s reward circuitry.

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Discovery, innovation drive Biomedical Sciences graduates

May. 17, 2018—A highly accomplished group of 83 students earned doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences from Vanderbilt during the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Putting the brakes on sepsis

May. 9, 2018—An enzyme called PTEN reduces inflammatory signaling and mortality in sepsis, suggesting it may be a good therapeutic target for this life-threatening complication of infection.

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Understanding HDL structure

May. 3, 2018—Structural features of newly formed HDL particles will help guide understanding of “good cholesterol” and its function.

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Toxin floats on lipid rafts

Apr. 23, 2018—The bacterium H. pylori is a leading cause of stomach cancer, and Vanderbilt researchers are studying how one of its toxins gets into cells.

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