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Lean vs. obese adipose tissue cells

Dec. 13, 2018—Dec. 13, 2018, 10:15 AM by Bill Snyder Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell that plays many roles in the body, including helping to maintain metabolic homeostasis, the steady state that ensures the body is adequately fueled and waste is eliminated. Previous studies have found the adipose (fatty) tissue of obese individuals have...

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Breast cancer-killing RIG

Dec. 13, 2018—Dec. 13, 2018, 10:00 AM by Leigh MacMillan Immune checkpoint inhibitors — cancer therapies that remove the “brakes” on the adaptive anti-tumor immune response — have had remarkable success in melanoma and lung cancer. Response rates to these immunotherapies in breast cancer have been disappointing, perhaps because breast cancers are less “immunogenic” and contain fewer...

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The exocyst dynamo

Dec. 13, 2018—Dec. 13, 2018, 9:45 AM by Bill Snyder (iStock) The exocyst is a protein complex essential for life, that is comprised of eight subunits and is a crucial component in vesicle trafficking. The mechanisms by which exocysts assemble and deliver vesicles containing important biological materials to the cell surface has been unclear, especially in mammalian...

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Lindsley named to National Academy of Inventors

Dec. 12, 2018—by Kara Furlong Dec. 11, 2018, 5:00 PM Craig Lindsley Craig W. Lindsley, co-director of the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Lindsley was one of 148 inventors named a 2018 fellow by the NAI, which recognizes and encourages inventors with patents issued from...

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Colbran & Kavalali honored with endowed chairs

Nov. 30, 2018—Vanderbilt University’s 10 newest endowed chair holders were lauded for their exemplary teaching and scholarship during a Nov. 27 ceremony at the Student Life Center. Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente noted in her opening remarks that this group of chair holders represents a wonderful cross section of disciplines across six...

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Beta cell biomarker findings may speed diabetes research

Nov. 29, 2018—by Bill Snyder Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have identified a biomarker for insulin-producing beta cells. Their finding, reported this month in the journal Cell Metabolism, could lead to improved ways to study and treat diabetes. The researchers demonstrated that human beta cells can be positively identified and separated for laboratory studies from other...

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Five Vanderbilt faculty elected AAAS fellows

Nov. 28, 2018—Five Vanderbilt University faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science this year. They are among 416 fellows from around the country selected by their peers for membership in the world’s largest general scientific society “because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.” Vanderbilt...

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Ancora announces major funding awards to support Vanderbilt drug discovery research

Nov. 27, 2018—Nov. 26, 2018, 7:00 AM By Jane Hirtle Ancora Innovation, LLC, the new collaboration between Vanderbilt and Deerfield Management established earlier this year, has completed its inaugural proposal review process and announced two projects selected for funding: A two-year project led by Craig Lindsley, professor of pharmacology, biochemistry and chemistry in the School of Medicine...

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Vanderbilt study suggests way to prevent rare lung cancer

Nov. 15, 2018—Nov. 15, 2018, 11:16 AM by Bill Snyder Research by Vanderbilt scientists suggests that it may be possible to prevent or even reverse pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a rare, progressive disease characterized by narrowing of and high blood pressure in the small arteries of the lungs. A key player in PAH is the proangiogenic cell...

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Four researchers receive Young Investigator Grants

Nov. 15, 2018—Nov. 15, 2018, 11:08 AM by Bill Snyder Four Vanderbilt University researchers are among 200 recipients of this year’s Young Investigator Grants awarded by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation to support “innovative ideas for groundbreaking neurobiological research.” The New York-based Foundation, formerly known as the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD),...

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