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The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics advises evaluating all breast cancer patients to determine the need for genetic testing

Dec. 13, 2019—According to a statement on behalf of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, there is insufficient evidence to recommend universal genetic testing for BRCA1/2 alone or in combination with multi-gene panels for all breast cancer patients.

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VUMC-led team isolates antibody that blocks bird flu

Dec. 12, 2019—VUMC scientists are redoubling their efforts to help people fight off bird flu. Their focus is H7N9, one of the most dangerous of the influenza viruses that have been transmitted from birds to humans.

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A new anti-seizure target?

Dec. 12, 2019—Vanderbilt neurologists have identified a protein modification that could be targeted to reduce neuronal excitability in epilepsy.

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Study examines HIV drug’s potential to treat Alzheimer’s

Dec. 12, 2019—A drug used to treat and prevent HIV/AIDS is showing promise as a potential therapy for Alzheimer’s disease.

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New tool may speed antibody, vaccine research

Dec. 12, 2019—  by Allison Whitten The antibody discovery and vaccine development research fields may be on the verge of rapidly expanding with data that previously took decades to acquire, thanks to LIBRA-seq, a new tool developed by Vanderbilt University researchers and their colleagues. Currently, due to technological constraints, it can take up to a year to...

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Gregor Mendel would be proud

Dec. 12, 2019—A computational method that uses hospital billing codes and electronic health records can identify genetic disease cases before clinical teams do.

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Study reveals mysteries of critical brain receptor complex

Dec. 5, 2019—Poorly functioning AMPARs have been linked to a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders including seizures, Alzheimer’s disease, major depression and autism spectrum disorder. Understanding how AMPARs are formed and operate is essential for the rational design of pharmacological compounds that, by tuning AMPAR activity up or down, could improve treatment of these conditions.

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Genetic screen in worms reveals critical step in insulin synthesis

Dec. 4, 2019—The identification of a protein important for insulin synthesis may hold clues for understanding the pathogenesis of diabetes.

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Study finds ‘frozen’ fear response may underlie PTSD

Nov. 27, 2019—To explore how fear becomes entrenched, VUMC researchers traveled down the precise neuronal pathways in the brains of mice that trigger fear responses, and which normally extinguish the behaviors once the danger has passed.

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Study explores potential new class of antidepressants

Nov. 21, 2019—Researchers at VUMC have taken a major step that could ultimately facilitate development of a new class of antidepressants which may relieve symptoms more rapidly and effectively and with fewer side effects than current medications.

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Getting the goods on obesity

Nov. 19, 2019—Obesity and two post-operative complications linked with it have associated genetic variants in common, suggesting that obesity may be the culprit.

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Understanding cell division

Nov. 18, 2019—Vanderbilt researchers have uncovered another piece in the puzzle of how cells divide — a process that goes awry in cancer cells.

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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

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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

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