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Rasmussen named Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar

Jul. 19, 2019—Jul. 18, 2019, 10:02 AM by Bill Snyder Megan Rasmussen, a PhD student in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, has been selected as the 2019 Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar. Megan Rasmussen She will receive a $1,000 cash prize and will be mentored by the winner of the...

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Madhur receives Presidential Early Career Award

Jul. 18, 2019—Jul. 18, 2019, 10:06 AM by Leigh MacMillan Meena Madhur, MD, PhD Meena Madhur, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Medicine, has received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award, established in 1996, is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages...

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Center for Immunobiology grows, bolsters program

Jul. 18, 2019—Jul. 18, 2019, 8:32 AM by Tom Wilemon The Vanderbilt Center for Immunobiology (VCI) has relaunched its mission with a greater focus on human immunology, an endeavor supported by additional researchers, more funding support and designation as a Center of Excellence. “We are focusing on human immune diseases and trying to integrate genetics as a...

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Potassium balance and glaucoma

Jul. 15, 2019—Jul. 15, 2019, 8:30 AM by Sanjay Mishra Retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) make up the optic nerve. When RGCs degenerate due to elevated intraocular pressure caused by glaucoma, vision is lost. Cells surrounding RGCs called Müller glia maintain a healthy ionic environment through a process called potassium siphoning, where Müller glia remove excess potassium ions through...

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Vanderbilt team shows how stomach bug can trigger cancer

Jul. 12, 2019—Jul. 11, 2019, 9:32 AM This illustration shows the H. pylori bacterium and a close-up of its “injector” at the stomach lining. Researchers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor have obtained the first high-resolution image of a molecular “machine” used by the insidious stomach bug Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) to...

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Vanderbilt vaccine pioneer James Crowe honored with major science prize

Jul. 12, 2019—Vanderbilt vaccine pioneer James Crowe honored with major science prize Jul. 9, 2019, 8:57 AM by Bill Snyder James Crowe Jr., MD, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, will be honored today by the science and technology company Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany for his contributions to developing new therapeutics and vaccines against some of the...

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International Association of Medical Science Educators honors Osheroff

Jul. 12, 2019—Jul. 8, 2019, 11:31 AM by Kathy Whitney Richard Vari, PhD, Senior Dean for Academic Affairs, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and president of IAMSE, (left) presents the award to Neil Osheroff, PhD. Neil Osheroff, PhD, John G. Coniglio professor of Biochemistry, professor of Medicine and director of the Academy for Excellence in Education,...

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Cook part of clinical study testing drug that may prevent cancer metastasis

Jul. 12, 2019—Jul. 8, 2019, 3:42 PM Ingrid Mayer, MD, center, principal investigator of a clinical study testing a drug that may prevent cancer metastasis, with Vanderbilt drug repurposing program team members Robert Lavieri, PhD, and Meghan Joly, PhD. (photo by Joe Howell) by Leigh MacMillan A clinical study of a drug that may block cancer metastasis...

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Schney Receives Research to Prevent Blindness Award

Jul. 12, 2019—Jul. 1, 2019, 9:29 AM by Jessica Pasley Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) recently awarded three grants to investigators in the Department of Ophthalmology to support research into the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding diseases. The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology received an RPB Unrestricted Grant, which provides $115,000 a year...

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Former Pharmacology chair Hardman remembered as gifted scientist, educator, mentor

Jul. 2, 2019—Jul. 2, 2019, 9:24 AM by Bill Snyder Joel Hardman, PhD Joel Hardman, PhD, an internationally recognized scientist and educator who chaired the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine from 1975 to 1990, died June 30, 2019 in Hoosick Falls, New York, after a lengthy illness. He was 85. Dr. Hardman’s research...

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