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Author: Leigh MacMillan

Nobel laureate Fire set to deliver upcoming Discovery Lecture

Jan. 17, 2013—Nobel laureate Andrew Fire, Ph.D., will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Jan. 24.

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Study helps define pancreatic cancer’s cellular origins

Jan. 17, 2013—Vanderbilt and University of California investigators have discovered the “cell of origin” for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, a finding that could lead to early detection methods and new treatments.

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Zinc: a new antibiotic target?

Jan. 17, 2013—It may be possible to fight hospital-acquired pathogens like Acinetobacter baumannii by targeting the bacterium’s need for the nutrient metal zinc.

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Simulated Mars mission reveals body’s sodium rhythms

Jan. 10, 2013—Clinical pharmacologist Jens Titze, M.D., and colleagues have discovered that – in contrast to the prevailing dogma – human sodium levels fluctuate rhythmically with 7-day and monthly cycles.

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Pancreas Center coordinates care for complex cases

Jan. 10, 2013—Patients with pancreatic diseases can now access a team of multi-disciplinary specialists with one phone call to the new Vanderbilt Pancreas Center.

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St. Jude’s Schulman first up for 2013 Flexner Discovery Lecture Series

Jan. 4, 2013—Brenda Schulman, Ph.D., from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, kicks off the 2013 Flexner Discovery Lecture series on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 4 p.m.

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Preventing hardened heart valves

Dec. 26, 2012—Blocking a serotonin receptor may provide a novel therapy for heart valve disease.

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A drug combo for ovarian cancer

Dec. 24, 2012—Combining another drug with platinum-based chemotherapies may be more effective against ovarian cancer.

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Genes, nutrients interact to shape traits

Dec. 12, 2012—A new study identifies interactions between genes and nutrients that may participate in determining levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.

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Stanford’s Südhof to discuss how brain relays information

Dec. 6, 2012—Noted neuroscientist Thomas Südhof, M.D., will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Dec. 13.

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‘Longevity’ gene has role in bone loss

Dec. 6, 2012—A gene associated with long life participates in the normal regulation of bone remodeling and may have a role in bone loss associated with aging.

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Awards honor diabetes research contributions

Nov. 29, 2012—The recent “Diabetes Day” symposium recognized two Vanderbilt trainees for their potential as future leaders in diabetes research and one longtime staff member for his service to the diabetes research community.

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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.

Momentum

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.

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

Vanderbilt Medicine

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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VUMC campus

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

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