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A new target for lung cancer

Aug. 16, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers have identified a new vulnerability in lung cancer — the transporter protein xCT — that may a therapeutic target for the disease.

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YAP after acute kidney injury

Aug. 16, 2018—Activation of the signaling protein YAP may be a target for treating acute kidney injury, which affects up to 20 percent of hospitalized patients.

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Adults with cystic fibrosis face diabetes risk, spur new research

Aug. 16, 2018—Although cystic fibrosis (CF) has long been known as a pediatric disease, physicians and scientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are providing specialized care for an ever-growing population of adults with CF, as well as conducting targeted research expected to improve treatment for these patients.

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Kropski, Shoemaker honored by Doris Duke Foundation

Aug. 9, 2018—Two early-career physician-scientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are among 18 recipients of 2018 Clinical Scientist Development Awards announced July 31 by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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State honors life of legendary researcher Thomas

Aug. 2, 2018—The General Assembly of the State of Tennessee is honoring the life and accomplishments of Vivien Thomas, an African-Am- erican laboratory assistant at Vanderbilt from 1930-1941 who developed several operative techniques, designed surgical instruments, supervised surgical laboratories, and instructed at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for more than 35 years.

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Summer Science Academy inspires students, families

Aug. 2, 2018—Since it began 16 years ago, the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA) has provided research experiences for roughly 2,000 undergraduates from colleges around the country. Nearly half are members of under-represented minority groups; many are the first in their families to pursue graduate or medical degrees.

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Connecting an asthma gene to leukemia

Aug. 2, 2018—A receptor previously implicated in asthma may also play roles in other allergic diseases and in leukemia, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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American College of Physicians honors Lane

Jul. 26, 2018—Richard Lane, MD, assistant professor of Clinical Medicine and a senior member of Vanderbilt’s Internal Medicine group at Williamson County Medical Center, was recently elected a Master of the American College of Physicians.

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Novel insights on “leaky” gut

Jul. 19, 2018—A protein involved in binding cells together helps maintain the integrity of the intestinal mucosa and plays a protective role in ulcerative colitis.

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Grant to develop ways to measure medical mistrust in African-American men

Jul. 19, 2018—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been awarded a two-year, $250,000 grant by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop new ways to measure trust in African-American men as it relates to health care.

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Telemedicine clinic for kidney transplant screening debuts

Jul. 19, 2018—With the opening of a pre-transplant kidney evaluation clinic in Jackson, Tennessee, the Vanderbilt Transplant Center is joining a range of other clinical programs participating in telemedicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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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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