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Reporter Nov 7 2014

New insight on oral cancer culprits

Nov. 12, 2014—A new mouse model offers insight into the signaling pathways that control oral cancers – and a platform for testing anticancer therapeutics.

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Protein “pockets” help ID cancer genes

Nov. 11, 2014—Vanderbilt investigators have used a computational biology approach to uncover new cancer drivers and biomarkers of anticancer drug response.

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Overactive stress response in obesity

Nov. 7, 2014—An overactive stress response contributes to the development of insulin resistance in obese individuals, and blocking it may be therapeutically beneficial.

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Immune cell activity and melanoma

Nov. 6, 2014—The activity of a certain factor in immune cells is essential for an anti-tumor response, emphasizing the need to consider the effects of anti-cancer therapies on immune cells.

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Pneumonia vaccine reducing pediatric admissions: report

Nov. 6, 2014—In Tennessee, the introduction in 2010 of a new pneumococcal vaccine for infants and young children coincides with a 27 percent decline in pneumonia hospital admissions across the state among children under age 2.

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Cox to lead trans-institutional genetics efforts

Nov. 6, 2014—Nancy J. Cox, Ph.D., professor of Medicine and Human Genetics and chief of the Section of Genetic Medicine at the University of Chicago, has been appointed founding director of a new genetics institute at Vanderbilt University, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

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Autonomic diseases consortium lands renewed federal funding

Nov. 6, 2014—A nationwide research group headed by Vanderbilt University’s David Robertson, M.D., has received another round of funding from the federal government to continue studies of rare neurodegenerative diseases and disorders affecting blood pressure.

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Photo: Rally for Kids with Cancer

Nov. 6, 2014—Actor William Baldwin, center, was at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt recently for the Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup.

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New technique eases gallbladder surgery for children

Nov. 6, 2014—Golf ball-sized gallstones camped out in Joseph Gray’s gallbladder had been causing him stomach discomfort for months.

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Photo: Discovery Lecture

Nov. 6, 2014—Cellular engineering pioneer George Q. Daley, M.D., Ph.D., makes a point during his recent Flexner Discovery Lecture at Vanderbilt. Daley directs the Stem Cell Transplantation Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

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VUH achieves ‘A’ score in national survey of hospital patient safety efforts

Nov. 6, 2014—Vanderbilt University Hospital earned the highest possible grade recently in a nationwide survey of hospital patient safety.

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Vanderbilt’s Brady named to ACGME board of directors

Nov. 6, 2014—Donald Brady, M.D., senior associate dean for Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development, has been named to the board of directors of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for a three-year term.

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