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Author: Leigh MacMillan

Carrasco to lead Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at VU

Aug. 23, 2018—Nancy Carrasco, MD, a leading figure in the study of iodide transport and its critical role in the thyroid and mammary glands, has been named chair of Vanderbilt University’s Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics.

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Madhur, Smith set to deliver fall season’s first Discovery Lecture

Aug. 23, 2018—The Flexner Discovery Lecture series kicks off the academic year next week with presentations by two Vanderbilt faculty members. The Cutting-Edge Discovery Lectures by Meena Madhur, MD, PhD, and Scott Smith, MD, PhD, begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30 in 208 Light Hall.

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Risk factors for faulty rhythms

Aug. 16, 2018—Risk factors for arrhythmias after heart surgery in infants include medications, infant age and higher surgical complexity, but not two genetic variants examined by Vanderbilt researchers.

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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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Genetic balancing act

Aug. 2, 2018—New findings about proteins involved in DNA repair are important for understanding why some cancers are more or less resistant to certain therapies.

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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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Vanderbilt study links gene expression, disease association data

Jul. 26, 2018—An international team of researchers has integrated gene expression and disease association data to better understand the biological mechanisms of complex human diseases.

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Post-surgical complications

Jul. 19, 2018—One out of five deaths within 30 days of surgery are associated with a complication, suggesting that prevention and better treatment of common complications will improve postoperative mortality rates.

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New player in DNA damage repair

Jul. 19, 2018—New findings open opportunities to understand mechanisms of DNA repair for a toxic form of DNA damage.

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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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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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Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer.  Don’t hesitate. Do it.

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