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Molecular Physiology & Biophysics Archives

Award bolsters study of alcohol’s impact on the brain

Jul. 28, 2016—Vanderbilt University researcher Danny Winder, Ph.D., has received a MERIT Award from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Addiction (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, for his contributions to understanding how alcohol affects the brain.

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Diabetes drugs may ease addiction

Jul. 18, 2016—Drugs that are being used clinically to treat obesity and diabetes may also have a role in treating drug abuse.

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Membrane fats impact drug transporter

Jul. 14, 2016—New studies of a membrane transporter could explain antibiotic resistance – and lead to novel ways to combat it.

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Vanderbilt mourns loss of diabetes research icon ‘Rollo’ Park

May. 12, 2016—Charles Rawlinson “Rollo” Park, M.D., a pioneering diabetes researcher at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, died Saturday, May 7, at his home in Brentwood, just two months after celebrating his 100th birthday on March 2.

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Gannon to chair ADA science session planning committee

May. 5, 2016—Maureen Gannon, Ph.D., associate professor of Medicine, has been appointed chair of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Scientific Session planning committee.

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Nobel laureate Lefkowitz set for next Discovery Lecture

Mar. 24, 2016—Robert Lefkowitz, M.D., who shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on March 31.

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Study tracks brain’s trigger for overeating high-fat food

Sep. 24, 2015—Disruptions in a specific signaling pathway in the brain can cause overeating of high-fat food, researchers at Vanderbilt University have found.

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Altered dopamine signaling may offer a clue to autism

Jan. 29, 2015—Newly discovered genetic variations linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) disrupt the function of the dopamine transporter, suggesting that altered dopamine signaling contributes to this common developmental condition, according to a Vanderbilt University-led research team.

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New signaling pathway provides clues to obesity

Jan. 22, 2015—A Vanderbilt University-led research team has discovered a molecular “rheostat” in the brain’s appetite control center that may provide new insights into obesity, which is at epidemic levels in this country.

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Neuert receives New Innovator Award from NIH

Oct. 9, 2014—Vanderbilt University biophysicist Gregor Neuert, Ph.D., M.Eng., is among 50 recipients of the 2014 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award. Each award provides up to $1.5 million in direct research support over five years.

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Team spots key regulator for cholesterol production

Oct. 2, 2014—A Vanderbilt University-led research team has discovered a “master regulator” for cholesterol production and transport in the liver — a tiny piece of RNA called microRNA-223.

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Team takes 4-D look at brain receptor’s role

Aug. 14, 2014—Reporting last week in the journal Cell, researchers from Oregon Health and Science University, Harvard Medical School and Vanderbilt University describe the first “four-dimensional” picture of a brain receptor that plays a key role in learning and memory.

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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.

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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.

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Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

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