Reporter Nov 21 2014
New tools to probe manganese biology
Nov. 26, 2014—Vanderbilt researchers have developed tools to probe the role of the essential metal manganese in neurons, and which offer a started point for developing therapeutic agents for manganese-related neurological disorders.
Protein implicated in atherosclerosis
Nov. 25, 2014—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered a new target for the prevention of atherosclerotic plaque development and cardiovascular disease.
Gene influences allergies in asthma
Nov. 24, 2014—A particular gene is associated with a specific type of inflammatory response in people with asthma – a finding that could suggest new therapeutic targets for treating asthma.
Host sequesters zinc to control stomach bug
Nov. 21, 2014—Understanding how zinc and the host’s immune response control H. pylori’s cancer-causing potential could suggest new therapeutic strategies to reduce infection and cancer risk.
Reunion helps build, reinforce alumni connections
Nov. 20, 2014—Rainy weather couldn’t dampen the festivities as nearly 1,200 medical and nursing alumni returned to campus for Reunion for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN)
Gene mutation linked to breast cancer therapy resistance
Nov. 20, 2014—A group of Vanderbilt-led investigators has identified a new gene mutation that may explain why some breast cancer patients do not respond to anti-hormone therapy.
Team finds drug repurposing signal in e-health records
Nov. 20, 2014—With research and development costs for many drugs reaching well into the billions, pharmaceutical companies want more than ever to determine whether their drugs already at market have any hidden therapeutic benefits that could warrant putting additional indications on the label and increasing production.
Tindle to direct Tobacco Research and Treatment
Nov. 20, 2014—November is well-known as Lung Cancer Awareness Month. It is also the month that highlights awareness of less publicized forms of cancer including pancreatic cancer and stomach cancer.
New protocol for young brain injury patients shows success
Nov. 20, 2014—A new protocol put into place more than a year ago at Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is showing early signs of improving outcomes for patients with traumatic brain injuries.
Study finds national decline in one type of serious heart attack
Nov. 20, 2014—The most emergent form of heart attacks is decreasing nationwide, but this declining incidence could affect emergency departments’ quality and timeliness of care.
Down Syndrome group honors McMillan
Nov. 20, 2014—Elise McMillan, J.D., received the Mollie Burd Gavigan Service Award from the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee (DSAMT) in recognition of McMillan’s “instrumental role in improving the lives of individuals with Down syndrome in Middle Tennessee.” The award was presented recently at the annual DSAMT Buddy Race.
Young girl’s road to recovery paved at Children’s Hospital
Nov. 20, 2014—When Kendra Kaufman walked into to a recent follow-up appointment with surgeon Dai Chung, M.D., the only help she needed to steady her steps came from ankle-foot-orthotics.