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150th Anniversary Issue: Vestigo, the Basic Sciences magazine

Vestigo, the Basic Sciences magazine

As Vanderbilt University celebrates its sesquicentennial - the 150th year anniversary of its founding - the School of Medicine Basic Sciences reviews its past, celebrates its current profusion of groundbreaking discoveries, and looks forward to the future!

This special issue celebrates the role that biomedical research has played in its history. Join us as we discuss the birth of our school, how basic science discoveries have led to new treatments, and more.

Special Lab-to-Table Event: Biotech Entrepreneurship: Stories & Strategies

Biotech Entrepreneurship: Stories & Strategies

One-third of biotech executives are women, a statistic that shows progress toward gender diversity in industry leadership. This trend, however, is juxtaposed against a stark reality: In the U.S., only 13 percent of venture capital funding goes to startups with a woman on the founding team. These figures reflect the persistent challenges faced by entrepreneurs, particularly women, in getting funding to bring their ideas to fruition.

In honor of Women’s History Month, the latest installment of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Basic Sciences’ Lab-to-Table Conversations explored the landscape of biotech entrepreneurship with an all-female panel.

Special Lab-to-Table Event: Science-conscious Films

Hollywood Reimagined with AI: Film Screening and Discussion

Artificial intelligence is changing the film industry in the digital age. From scriptwriting to pre- and post-production, AI is becoming a tool and source of inspiration for filmmakers and the stories they tell. Partnering with ArtLab and Grand Challenge Initiative, a special edition of Lab-to-Table held in-person at Sarratt Cinema premiered "On the Dying Grass," a short film written, directed, and produced by Vanderbilt undergraduate student filmmakers during their summer ArtLab internship. 

Kendra Oliver, director and founder of ArtLab and assistant professor of pharmacology, moderated a discussion about science, self, AI and art at Vanderbilt and beyond.

Watch the performance by Ji Hye Jung, professor of percussion, with synchronized visualizations generated from the Tyska laboratory during the recent Quantum Potential Premiere

Quantum Potential Performance

Faculty videos

Alyssa Hasty Full Interview

Alyssa Hasty Research Overview – Role of Macrophages in Obesity

Bryan Mills Nikon Center of Excellence Full Interview

Bryan Mills Nikon Center of Excellence Overview – Microscopy and Quantitative Image Analysis

Danny Winder Full Interview

Danny Winder Research Overview – Addiction Research

Erin Calipari Full Interview

Erin Calipari Research Overview – Addiction

Jeffrey Conn Full Interview

Jeffrey Conn Research Overview – Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

Jens Meiler Full Interview

Jens Meiler Research Overview – Protein Structure and Elucidation