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Potassium balance and glaucoma

by Sanjay Mishra Retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) make up the optic nerve. When RGCs degenerate due to elevated intraocular pres...


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Yohn named Postdoc of the Year at annual symposium; Sappington named Mentor of the Year

By Irene McKirgan Samantha Yohn, 2019 Vanderbilt Postdoc of the Year. (Anne Rayner/Vanderbilt) Postdoctoral scholar Samantha Yoh...


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The arrestin-GPCR connection

G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the “inbox” of environmental messages in mammalian cells. Because of their central role ...


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Reprogramming cells for kidney repair

Chronic kidney disease is on the rise worldwide. Approaches to develop regenerative or cellular therapies are hindered by the co...


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New way to stimulate learning?

The vagus nerve connects the brain and organs throughout the body. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) implants have been used for mor...


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Vanderbilt scientists report new modeling of brain signaling

The release of neurotransmitters and hormones in the body is tightly controlled by complex protein machinery embedded in cell me...


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Gene identified that increases risk of antibiotic reaction

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and colleagues have identified a gene that increases the risk for a severe a...


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Modulating stress circuits

Stress contributes to psychiatric diseases including depression, eating disorders and addiction. Neurons that express the stress...


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Lindsley named fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Craig Lindsley, PhD, co-director of the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery (VCNDD), has been named a fellow of th...


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Cytokine-cognition connection

Schizophrenia and major depressive disorder are both caused by perturbations in dopamine signaling. They belong to a group of co...


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Immune system emerges as partner in opioid cravings fight

The same immune system that fights infection and the flu could join the battle against opioid addiction, new research out of th...


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Scavengers “protect” HDL

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is widely thought to protect against the development of atherosclerosis, yet drugs that raise lev...