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Reporter April 11 2014

Channel drug restores glucose balance

Apr. 16, 2014—A new compound that activates potassium channels could be used to treat disorders of glucose homeostasis.

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Anthrax bacteria’s signaling systems

Apr. 15, 2014—Vanderbilt researchers have identified a new signaling system that anthrax bacteria uses to infect its host.

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Myelin junctions key to conduction

Apr. 11, 2014—A protein in the myelin coating on nerves helps form a “seal” that enables effective nerve conduction; loss of the protein causes inherited neuropathies.

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Rounds: A message from the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs

Apr. 10, 2014—For more than a year I have been communicating about the economic circumstances that have required a laser-like focus on cost reductions and workflow redesign throughout the Medical Center. While we still have a long way to go, we have made significant progress and can be proud of what has been accomplished.

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Grant boosts Center for Integrative health

Apr. 10, 2014—Through a $5.5 million donation from San Francisco businessman Bernard Osher, Vanderbilt’s Center for Integrative Health will join the existing group of Osher Centers for Integrative Medicine and will now be known as the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt University.

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Intervention efforts curb violent youth behaviors: study

Apr. 10, 2014—Violent behavior and beliefs among middle school students can be reduced through the implementation of a targeted violence intervention program, according to a Vanderbilt study released in the Journal of Injury and Violence Research.

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Photo: In good hands

Apr. 10, 2014—The Allstate WBCA Good Works Team partnered with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to distribute wellness kits to patients at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center this week to celebrate the NCAA Division 1 Women’s Basketball Championship held in Nashville.

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New events on tap for this year’s Iroquois Steeplechase

Apr. 10, 2014—The 2014 Iroquois Steeplechase, Nashville’s annual spring horse racing tradition, has selected one of Vanderbilt’s own as an honorary co-chair and also announced a new pre-race event — a golf tournament.

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Case competition a learning experience for VU students

Apr. 10, 2014—A team of Vanderbilt University students in medicine, business, public health and economic development competed March 29 in an international Global Health Case Competition at Emory University in Atlanta.

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Photo: Discovery Lecture

Apr. 10, 2014—David Clapham, M.D., Ph.D., of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, discusses his research on ion channels and cell signaling at his recent Flexner Discovery Lecture.

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Discovery Lecture to feature two pioneers in dyslexia care, research

Apr. 10, 2014—Sally Shaywitz, M.D., and Bennett Shaywitz, M.D., co-directors of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, April 17.

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Organ donation flag-raising event set for April 17

Apr. 10, 2014—Vanderbilt University Medical Center will hold its fifth annual Donate Life Flag-Raising Ceremony as part of national Donate Life month. The event celebrates organ donor families, living donors and hospital staff who care for donors and transplant recipients.

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