VISP student is co-first author on publication

September 11, 2014

Pedro Garcia-Barrantes, a third year student in Craig Lindsley's lab, is co-first author on a newly accepted publication: "Chemical Modulation of Mutant mGlu1 Receptors Derived from Deleterious GRM1 Mutations Found in Schizophrenics".  The publication was chosen as an ACS Editor's Choice and is open-access.  It can be viewed here:

Diverse group marks 4th incoming VISP class

August 13, 2014

The fourth group of incoming VISP students may be our most diverse yet!  We are pleased to welcome this outstanding group of students to Vanderbilt and we look forward to seeing their growth in the next years.  The VISP class entering in Fall 2014 is:

Winter weather doesn't slow down 2nd Southern Hemisphere VISRA program start

January 6, 2014

The second year of the Southern Hemisphere (January - February) edition of the Vanderbilt International Summer Research Academy go off to a great start despite extreme cold and snow.  Eight students (who all hail from much warmer climates) arrived in Nashville over the weekend to take part in the program.  This year's participants are: Monica Alvarado Rojas (from University of Costa Rica; working in the Guengrich lab) Esar Aysanoa Moore (from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru; working in the Skaar lab)

Novel push-pull action clue to brain disorders

Bill Snyder
March 21, 2013

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have discovered a new “push-pull” mechanism in the brain that one day could lead to new treatments for movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, as well as stress-related disorders and addiction. In this week’s Nature Neuroscience, the researchers describe a “functional interaction” between two proteins involved in transmitting signals across the synapse, or gap, between certain nerve cells in mice. The novel interaction was found in the striatum, the brain region that regulates movement and motor coordination.

Biomedical graduate students bring international perspective

Leslie Hill
August 18, 2011

8/18/2011 - Vanderbilt’s incoming class of biomedical graduate students includes the first participants in the new Vanderbilt International Scholar Program (VISP). Designed to recruit outstanding international students into Vanderbilt’s biomedical research programs and support them throughout their studies, VISP scholars were chosen out of a competitive pool of non-U.S. citizen applicants. The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) enrolled seven VISP students, and the Chemical and Physical Biology Admissions (CPBA) program enrolled one.