Reporter April 29 2016

Alzheimer’s risk gene in younger adults

A genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease in later life appears to benefit younger adults as they age.

Drug combos for glioblastoma

Vanderbilt researchers have discovered that activation of a certain signaling pathway protects brain cancers from targeted therapies, suggesting that using therapeutics that block both pathways may be a promising treatment.

Improving natural killer cancer therapy

A newly discovered mechanism that helps cancer cells avoid destruction by immune system cells may improve immunotherapies.

An Argonaute’s voyage to cancer

A genetic mutation that promotes cancer development blocks the normal sorting of a protein called “Argonaute 2.”

Alvarez named chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Ronald David Alvarez, M.D., Ellen Gregg Shook Culverhouse Chair in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been named chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

LifeFlight to open emergency helicopter base in Cookeville

In partnership with Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and Vanderbilt LifeFlight will soon be expanding its footprint to serve the Upper Cumberland region by adding an emergency helicopter base in Cookeville, Tennessee.

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