Reporter April 25 2014

Potential mechanism for myeloma drug’s variable toxicity

A genetic variant is associated with toxicity of the chemotherapy drug melphalan, and could guide individualized dosing for the medication.

Target cell entry to halt Chikungunya virus

Understanding how chikungunya virus binds to and enters cells offers a new target for antiviral medications.

Increased cell permeability may protect from colitis

Having a “leaky” gut may protect against colitis, a paradoxical finding that alters understanding of the role of cell permeability in intestinal homeostasis and immune regulation.

Photo: Rascal Flatts

Country music group Rascal Flatts visited the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Tuesday for a special performance for patients and their families.

Survey to assess staff, faculty perceptions on patient safety

In May, Vanderbilt University Medical Center will launch a survey of clinical staff and faculty to assess attitudes and perceptions regarding patient safety at the Medical Center.

Team finds way to explore ‘super family’ of enzymes

Vanderbilt University’s Richard Armstrong, Ph.D., is part of a multi-institutional research team that has found a new way to interrogate a “super family” of enzymes involved in detoxification, cellular metabolism and antibiotic resistance, which have many other as-yet-undiscovered functions.

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