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News: January, 2018

Vanderbilt-Incyte Research Alliance Program Grant – LOI DUE 1/29/18

Friday, January 19th, 2018

The Vanderbilt–Incyte Research Alliance announces a funding opportunity to support faculty in the areas of applied and translational research.

A spicy finding

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Extracts of the plant turmeric — the spice that gives Indian curries a yellow color — have been used as an anti-inflammatory treatment in traditional Asian medicine for centuries. Claus Schneider, PhD, and colleagues have discovered that curcumin (the active chemical compound in turmeric) is a “pro-drug” that is converted into reactive metabolites with anti-inflammatory activities.

Rising obesity rates in South leading to rapid increase in diabetes

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Rising obesity rates in several Southern states are leading to a rapid increase in new cases of diabetes among both black and white adults. A new study helmed by investigators at the University of Texas Health Science Center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) found the risk of diabetes is double for black patients.

Study finds higher death rates in poor neighborhoods

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Living in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood is likely to lead to death at an earlier age, especially among African-Americans, new research shows. The death rate is even more pronounced among disadvantaged individuals with unhealthy lifestyle habits.

VICC, Tempus launch new data initiative to help cancer patients

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Tempus, a technology company focused on helping doctors personalize cancer care by collecting and analyzing large volumes of molecular and clinical data, and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) have announced a new collaboration to improve outcomes for cancer patients.

VUMC researchers find a way to ‘starve’ cancer

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to starve a tumor and stop its growth with a newly discovered small compound that blocks uptake of the vital nutrient glutamine.

Macara named ‘Pink Tie Guy’ for Komen breast cancer research

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Ian Macara, PhD, Louise B. McGavock Professor and Chair of Cell and Developmental Biology and co-leader of the Signal Transduction and Chemical Biology Research Program at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), has been named one of the Pink Tie Guys for the Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee organization.

Lung screening program continues to grow

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) Lung Screening Program for patients at high risk for cancer recently reached a milestone, enrolling more than 700 patients and performing more than 1,000 CT screening examinations.

Research sheds light on how microtubules are assembled

Friday, January 5th, 2018

James Goldenring, MD, PhD and colleagues have made a fundamental advance in understanding how microtubules are assembled. Their finding, published as an Editor’s Pick last month in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, may lead to new ways to control cancer.

Young named chief medical officer of American Red Cross

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Vanderbilt’s Pampee Young, MD, PhD, has been named chief medical officer of the American Red Cross.