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Astrocytes and epilepsy

Sep. 9, 2019—A protein with important functions in astrocytes — star-shaped brain support cells — may alter neuronal excitability and contribute to seizure activity, Vanderbilt researchers report.

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How nerves may lose their insulation

Aug. 22, 2019—Vanderbilt’s Bruce Carter and colleagues have discovered how genetic changes in the protein PMP22 may contribute to a disease of peripheral nerves.

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Exploring the brain’s white matter

Mar. 14, 2019—New comprehensive functional MRI measurements point to the need to update models for assessing brain white matter activity and physiology.

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Team seeks to create gene expression map of worm’s nervous system

Dec. 6, 2018—How do you build a brain? What “rules” govern where neurons end up, how they connect to each other, and which functions they perform?

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Vitamin C protects brain from seizures

Nov. 8, 2018—Brain ascorbate — vitamin C — is important for protecting the brain against seizures and cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease.

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Probing the pathology of impaired cognition

Oct. 25, 2018—Detecting the neuropathology underlying cognitive impairment by lead to new targeted therapies.

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A brain-builder called “Shh”

Aug. 30, 2018—New findings demonstrate a previously unappreciated role of Shh signaling activity in the proliferation of CGNPs — the presumed cell-of-origin for a subset of the malignant pediatric brain tumor medulloblastoma.

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Parkinson’s study to track impact of DBS on earliest patients

Aug. 30, 2018—A decade after taking part in the first clinical trial of deep brain stimulation (DBS) administered during very early-stage Parkinson’s disease, participants will return to Vanderbilt University Medical Center this year to be re-evaluated.

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New view of the heartbeat

Apr. 6, 2018—Structural views of the proteins that regulate the heartbeat may help improve existing treatments for cardiac arrhythmias.

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Long QT syndrome – revealed

Mar. 12, 2018—Vanderbilt investigators have used sophisticated cell biological and structural techniques to “classify” mutations in potassium channels, studies that could lead to personalized treatment of heart rhythm disorders.

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BOLD view of white matter

Jan. 12, 2018—Vanderbilt investigators have discovered that functional MRI detects neural activity in both gray and white matter in the brain, suggesting new ways to investigate diseases such as Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis.

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Impulsivity in Parkinson’s Disease

Oct. 27, 2017—A noninvasive MRI technique may help predict a troubling side effect of common medications for Parkinson’s Disease and improve clinical treatment plans.

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