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Molecular Physiology & Biophysics Archives

Making human beta cells reproduce

Dec. 8, 2016—A new method developed at Vanderbilt will speed the search for potential therapeutics for diabetes: compounds that stimulate the replication of insulin-producing beta cells.

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Bioluminescent sensor causes brain cells to glow in the dark

Oct. 27, 2016—A team of Vanderbilt scientists have genetically modified luciferase, the enzyme that produces bioluminescence, so that it acts as an optical sensor that records activity in brain cells.

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New center will examine addiction at molecular level, develop treatments

Aug. 17, 2016—Vanderbilt University researchers from diverse scientific disciplines are joining forces to help crack the stubborn mysteries of addiction through the new Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research.

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New culprit in nerve degeneration

Aug. 12, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered that regulation of cell volume plays a role in nerve degeneration and peripheral neuropathies.

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Study reveals neurotransmitter glutamate’s molecular structure

Aug. 11, 2016—Terunaga Nakagawa, with colleagues from Japan and Oxford University in England, has discovered the bridgelike molecular structure of a mysterious glutamate receptor.

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Award bolsters study of alcohol’s impact on the brain

Jul. 28, 2016—Vanderbilt University researcher Danny Winder, Ph.D., has received a MERIT Award from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Addiction (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, for his contributions to understanding how alcohol affects the brain.

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Diabetes drugs may ease addiction

Jul. 18, 2016—Drugs that are being used clinically to treat obesity and diabetes may also have a role in treating drug abuse.

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Membrane fats impact drug transporter

Jul. 14, 2016—New studies of a membrane transporter could explain antibiotic resistance – and lead to novel ways to combat it.

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Vanderbilt mourns loss of diabetes research icon ‘Rollo’ Park

May. 12, 2016—Charles Rawlinson “Rollo” Park, M.D., a pioneering diabetes researcher at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, died Saturday, May 7, at his home in Brentwood, just two months after celebrating his 100th birthday on March 2.

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Gannon to chair ADA science session planning committee

May. 5, 2016—Maureen Gannon, Ph.D., associate professor of Medicine, has been appointed chair of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Scientific Session planning committee.

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Nobel laureate Lefkowitz set for next Discovery Lecture

Mar. 24, 2016—Robert Lefkowitz, M.D., who shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on March 31.

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Study tracks brain’s trigger for overeating high-fat food

Sep. 24, 2015—Disruptions in a specific signaling pathway in the brain can cause overeating of high-fat food, researchers at Vanderbilt University have found.

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