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After 40 years, genetics still surprises VUMC’s Nancy Cox

Nov. 10, 2023—As she looks back on her 40-plus year career, what surprises Nancy Cox, PhD, an internationally known geneticist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is how much progress has been made, and yet how much more there is to learn about the role genetic variation plays in human disease.

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Pancreas “crosstalk” may influence course of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes

Nov. 1, 2023—In the largest study of its kind, researchers at Vanderbilt have identified unexpected alterations in the exocrine tissues of the pancreas that occur in the two major forms of diabetes, and with aging and obesity.

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Polygenic “scores” may improve cancer screening

Oct. 31, 2023—Accounting for genetic variability in biomarkers not associated with cancer risk could avoid unnecessary diagnostic procedures, Vanderbilt researchers found.

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Crowe, Osheroff honored by AAMC

Oct. 30, 2023—Vanderbilt's James E. Crowe, Jr, MD, and Neil Osheroff, PhD, are among 12 individuals honored by the Association of American Medical Colleges during its 2023 Awards Recognition Event.

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Study discovers role for gut bacteria in host-pathogen competition for nutrients

Oct. 27, 2023—Vanderbilt research shows that commensal gut microbes impact the host-pathogen competition for iron and has implications for therapeutic strategies aimed at preventing pathogens from acquiring essential nutrients.

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Vanderbilt-led team receives 2023 Endeavor Award from The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research

Oct. 24, 2023—A multidisciplinary team of investigators has received a 2023 Endeavor Award from The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research to support four closely linked projects exploring the fundamental mechanisms that drive the obesity-cancer connection,

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VUMC scientists record powerful signal in the brain’s white matter

Oct. 16, 2023—Vanderbilt researchers report that when people who are having their brains scanned by fMRI perform a task, like wiggling their fingers, certain signals increase in white matter throughout the brain, which has long been thought to play a lesser role the more the brain's more energetic gray matter.

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Research fellowship for genetic counselors established at Vanderbilt

Oct. 3, 2023—Vanderbilt University School of Medicine has received a grant to establish a research fellowship for genetic counselors that will prepare them to contribute more fully to the advancement of personalized medicine.

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Researchers discover molecular signature for aggressive thyroid cancer

Sep. 25, 2023—A Vanderbilt study found that a molecular signature that predicts aggressive thyroid cancer could help guide treatment approaches for patients.

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Nominations sought for Research Staff Awards

Sep. 22, 2023—Nominations for the 2023 Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Research Staff Awards are now being accepted. The nomination deadline is Oct. 20.

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VUMC postdoctoral researcher selected as HHMI Hanna Gray Fellow

Sep. 21, 2023—Vanderbilt postdoctoral researcher Martin Douglass, PhD, has been named a 2023 Hanna Gray Fellow by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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VUMC study reveals critical first steps to cancer

Sep. 20, 2023—A new study by Vanderbilt researchers provides a remarkably detailed view of the earliest events leading to the development of cancer, and of potential new ways to prevent it.

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