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Antibody isolated at VUMC found to halt dengue virus

Jan. 23, 2020—Using part of an antibody isolated at Vanderbilt that “broadly neutralizes” the human dengue virus, biologists at the University of California San Diego and colleagues have disarmed the mosquito that transmits the disabling and potentially deadly tropical infection.

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VUMC study sheds light on gastric cancer development

Jan. 16, 2020—VUMC researchers have created the world’s first laboratory model of precancerous changes in the lining of the stomach, a scientific tour de force that is helping to unlock the mysteries of gastric cancer development.

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Study sheds light on link between cannabis, anxiety and stress

Jan. 15, 2020—A molecule produced by the brain that activates the same receptors as marijuana is protective against stress by reducing anxiety-causing connections between two brain regions.

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The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics advises evaluating all breast cancer patients to determine the need for genetic testing

Dec. 13, 2019—According to a statement on behalf of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, there is insufficient evidence to recommend universal genetic testing for BRCA1/2 alone or in combination with multi-gene panels for all breast cancer patients.

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VUMC-led team isolates antibody that blocks bird flu

Dec. 12, 2019—VUMC scientists are redoubling their efforts to help people fight off bird flu. Their focus is H7N9, one of the most dangerous of the influenza viruses that have been transmitted from birds to humans.

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Study examines HIV drug’s potential to treat Alzheimer’s

Dec. 12, 2019—A drug used to treat and prevent HIV/AIDS is showing promise as a potential therapy for Alzheimer’s disease.

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New tool may speed antibody, vaccine research

Dec. 12, 2019—  by Allison Whitten The antibody discovery and vaccine development research fields may be on the verge of rapidly expanding with data that previously took decades to acquire, thanks to LIBRA-seq, a new tool developed by Vanderbilt University researchers and their colleagues. Currently, due to technological constraints, it can take up to a year to...

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Study reveals mysteries of critical brain receptor complex

Dec. 5, 2019—Poorly functioning AMPARs have been linked to a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders including seizures, Alzheimer’s disease, major depression and autism spectrum disorder. Understanding how AMPARs are formed and operate is essential for the rational design of pharmacological compounds that, by tuning AMPAR activity up or down, could improve treatment of these conditions.

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Study finds ‘frozen’ fear response may underlie PTSD

Nov. 27, 2019—To explore how fear becomes entrenched, VUMC researchers traveled down the precise neuronal pathways in the brains of mice that trigger fear responses, and which normally extinguish the behaviors once the danger has passed.

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Study explores potential new class of antidepressants

Nov. 21, 2019—Researchers at VUMC have taken a major step that could ultimately facilitate development of a new class of antidepressants which may relieve symptoms more rapidly and effectively and with fewer side effects than current medications.

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SPI-Hub resource delivers intel on biomedical journals

Nov. 14, 2019—SPI-Hub, is a new online knowledge resource that gives biomedical scientists an efficient means to identify journals in which to publish their work.

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NCI ‘Moonshot’ grant to boost hereditary cancer identification

Nov. 14, 2019—VUMC is leading an initiative to establish a streamlined process for collection of family health histories that could set the stage for a standardized system to make the information easily accessible.

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