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Probing innate immunity

May. 19, 2020—Manuel Ascano team validates an inhibitor of the cGAS-STING signaling pathway, which is important for cellular innate immunity against bacteria, viruses, and our own damaged DNA.

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Antibodies eye Pacific Island “fever”

May. 14, 2020—Vanderbilt Vaccine Center team isolates monoclonal antibodies against Ross River virus, which causes rash, fever and debilitating muscle and joint pain lasting three to six months.

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RNA processing and antiviral immunity

Dec. 13, 2018—John Karijolich and colleagues have discovered a link between cellular RNA processing and the innate cellular immune response to viral pathogens.

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Team explores diabetes drug’s ability to treat RSV infection

Jul. 12, 2018—A drug used to treat diabetes may point to new therapies for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) bronchiolitis — inflammation and obstruction of the lungs’ small airways. A multi-disciplinary team of Vanderbilt investigators has demonstrated that liraglutide reduces the inflammatory response to RSV infection in a mouse model of the disease.

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Karijolich named 2018 Pew Biomedical Scholar

Jun. 14, 2018—John Karijolich, PhD, assistant professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been named a Pew Biomedical Scholar by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Evolution of a deadly virus

May. 23, 2018—Genomic sequences have revealed that Florida is a major source of a mosquito-borne virus that causes disease in horses and humans.

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New target to stop Ebola

May. 21, 2018—A new Vanderbilt study suggests it may be possible to develop antibody therapies or a universal vaccine effective against multiple Ebola virus family members.

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Alphavirus “Achilles heel”

May. 17, 2018—Targeting the protein that mosquito-borne viruses use to enter cells could be a strategy for preventing infection by multiple emerging viruses.

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Safe to snuggle with pets while home with a cold or flu, Vanderbilt infectious disease expert says

Jan. 13, 2016—When you are home sick, snuggling up with your dog or cat may feel like just what the doctor ordered. And a Vanderbilt infectious disease doctor, while stopping short of actually prescribing in-home “pet therapy” for colds or flu, says that if having your companion by your side makes you feel better, go right ahead....

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Enzyme holds the door for influenza

Aug. 20, 2014—Compounds developed at Vanderbilt University may offer a new way to block influenza infection.

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Natural killer cells don’t clear HMPV

Jul. 23, 2014—Understanding how the immune system responds to the respiratory virus HMPV is crucial for developing vaccines and anti-viral treatments.

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Respiratory virus vaccine candidate

May. 27, 2014—Virus-like particles containing a protein from human metapneumovirus are a promising vaccine candidate for this respiratory virus.

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Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer.  Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Momentum

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer. Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

Vanderbilt Medicine

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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VUMC campus

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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

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