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New therapeutic target for cold, flu viruses identified

Aug. 9, 2012—Viruses that cause acute respiratory infections — such as human metapneumovirus (HMPV) and flu — impair a set of immune system cells that should clear the virus from the lungs. Now, Vanderbilt University investigators have discovered the signaling pathway that disables these immune cells.

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Study tracks how gene may promote lung cancer tumors

Aug. 9, 2012—Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center researchers have identified how one of the genes most commonly mutated in lung cancer may promote such tumors.

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Time was critical for new mother’s heart surgery

Aug. 9, 2012—Two weeks after giving birth to her second child on July 10, 31-year-old Samantha Neal began to experience chest pain. Initially diagnosed with a gall bladder issue in her local ER, her true diagnosis would prove much more serious and potentially life-threatening.

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Armstrong named fellow of American Chemical Society

Aug. 9, 2012—Vanderbilt University's Richard Armstrong, Ph.D., has been named to the fourth class of American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellows in recognition of his “outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession and the society.”

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Undergrads shine at Summer Science Academy

Aug. 9, 2012—Since the Academy was established in 2002, more than 650 undergraduates have participated in the summer research program. About 10 percent have pursued graduate and/or medical studies at Vanderbilt.

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Buerhaus named to Institute of Medicine’s GME committee

Aug. 9, 2012—Peter Buerhaus, Ph.D., R.N., has been named to the Institute of Medicine’s Committee for Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education.

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Record number receive Nursing professional pins

Aug. 9, 2012—The largest group of students in Vanderbilt University School of Nursing's history received their professional pins of Nursing at a ceremony held Sunday at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in downtown Nashville.

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Study links rare genetic marker to brain cancer

Aug. 9, 2012—Investigators from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and three other cancer centers have identified a link between a rare genetic variant and the risk of developing glioma.

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Team creates new view of body’s infection response

Aug. 9, 2012—A new 3-D view of the body’s response to infection — and the ability to identify proteins involved in the response — could point to novel biomarkers and therapeutic agents for infectious diseases.

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Young patient’s cancer battle inspires hometown

Aug. 9, 2012—Maryville, Tenn., tucked in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, has a population of just 27,000, but it seemed like every one of its residents rallied around 20-year-old Brently Mancini when he was diagnosed with a rare soft tissue cancer.

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Photo: Making a splash

Aug. 9, 2012—Doug Sawyer, M.D., Ph.D., chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, emerges from the dunk tank that was set up on the Medical Center plaza last week to raise money for the American Heart Association’s Nashville Heart Walk, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, on the Vanderbilt campus. (photo by Joe Howell)

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Upgrade bolsters ‘Wizard’s physician information

Aug. 9, 2012—Vanderbilt University Medical Center physicians are now able to update more of their own provider information that is contained in the “Find a Doctor” portion of VanderbiltHealth.com. The information recently made accessible to providers includes specialty, education, board certification, title and post-graduate training. Doctors will be able to sign into the Communication Wizard system and...

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