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Probing drug abuse circuitry

Nov. 4, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers have identified cocaine-induced modifications at specific neuronal connections, which could aid the development of new therapies for substance abuse disorders.

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Using MRI to assess myelin health

Jan. 25, 2016—Vanderbilt investigators report an improved model for estimating brain health, using MRI.

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2015: The Year in Review

Dec. 18, 2015—From national championship battles to breakthroughs in research, key appointments to beautiful #vandygrams, goodbyes to #VU2015 and hellos to #VU2019, take a look back at the year that was.

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Brain circuitry in psychosis

Aug. 21, 2015—Functional magnetic resonance imaging has revealed faulty circuits between the thalamus – a central hub of brain activity – and other brain regions.

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Protein interaction protects against neurodegeneration

Sep. 2, 2014—Two proteins interact to maintain selenium levels in the brain, and protect neurons from degeneration.

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Mapping brain circuitry

Mar. 28, 2014—Vanderbilt investigators have used two types of neuroimaging to establish a “map” of connections for a brain region important in anxiety and addiction.

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Obesity sends immune cells to the brain

Feb. 12, 2014—Obesity causes peripheral immune cells to move to the brain, where they may contribute to inflammation and the pathophysiology of obesity.

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Validating maps of the brain’s resting state

Jun. 19, 2013—A team of Vanderbilt researchers has provided important validation of maps of the brain at rest that may offer insights into changes in the brain that occur in neurological and psychiatric diseases.

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Discovery Lecture explores brain’s sensitivity to insulin

Feb. 28, 2013—Diabetes has a big impact on the brain.

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Low prenatal alcohol’s brain impact

Dec. 21, 2012—Even relatively low levels of in utero alcohol exposure impact fetal brain development, and the effects last into adulthood, study finds.

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Concussion testing for young athletes

Jul. 30, 2012—The Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center is now offering pre-concussion baseline testing to all community recreational athletes, in advance of many high-impact seasonal sports resuming this fall.

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Insights for neuroscience drug discovery

Jul. 17, 2012—When discovering drugs for brain disorders, it’s important to test the candidates in multiple ways to avoid advancing those with restricted physiological effects.

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