Reporter Sept 4 2015

How to build a basement

Understanding the action of a certain enzyme will shed light on basement membrane function, and on disorders ranging from diabetic kidney disease to cancer.

Immune cells and obesity

Understanding how macrophage immune cells accumulate in fat tissue and contribute to the pathology of obesity could lead to the development of novel therapeutics for metabolic disorders.

Vitamin C protects blood vessel lining

Dietary vitamin C may maintain healthy blood vessels in patients with inflammatory diseases.

Bad “traffic” linked to cancer

Understanding how signaling molecules are transported within and out of the cell may help to uncover the causes of certain cancers.

gloved hand handling sterile surgical tools

Study to compare benefits of bariatric surgery methods

Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers are participating in a national study to compare the health benefits and safety of three main methods of bariatric, or weight-loss surgery.

Session named to lead VUMC Reproductive Endocrinology efforts

Donna Session, M.D., has been named to direct Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, which treats problems related to reproductive medicine including infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian disease, congenital uterine anomalies, fibroids and risk of genetic disorders in offspring.

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