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News: April, 2019

Receptor’s role in stopping H. pylori

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

A recent study demonstrates that loss of the receptor NOD1 augments inflammatory and injury responses to H. pylori – and points towards NOD1 as a prime target for modification for either preventing or treating H. pylori infections.

Kachnic to step down as chair of Radiation Oncology

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Lisa Kachnic, MD, has been named professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. She will step down from her role as Vanderbilt’s Radiation Oncology leader on June 30 and will continue her service at VUMC through August.

Team explores fungal infection quandary in lung cancer screenings

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

A recent study by Vanderbilt investigators revealed that histoplasmosis – a fungal infection that creates cancer-mimicking lesions in the lungs – is prevalent beyond previously identified regions of the United States.

Asian nations in early tobacco epidemic: study

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Asian countries are in the early stages of a tobacco smoking epidemic with habits mirroring those of the United States from past decades, setting the stage for a spike in future deaths from smoking-related diseases.

New guidelines recommend colonoscopy at 45

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

The American Cancer Society now recommends people at average risk be screened for colorectal cancer via colonoscopy, or another method, starting at age 45, rather than at age 50.

Pathways of radiosensitization

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Austin Kirschner, MD, PhD, and colleagues have studied the mechanism of radiation sensitization for enzalutamide using multiple models of human prostate cancer.

VISE team seeks to develop new robot to ease prostatectomies

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

The Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) team of Robert Webster III, PhD, and Duke Herrell, MD, have received a $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a new surgical robot for endoscopic transurethral prostatectomy.

Study reframes approach to targeted therapy resistance

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

A recent study provides clinicians genomic guidance for surveillance of targeted therapy resistance in patients with EGFR-mutant non-small cell lung cancer — and more importantly — another drug option when resistance occurs.

Discovery aids search for cancer biomarkers

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

A report by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has shattered conventional wisdom about how cells, including cancer cells, shed DNA into the bloodstream: they don’t do it by packaging the genetic material in tiny vesicles called exosomes.

Cancer Center’s annual scientific retreat set for May 1

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

The 20th Annual Scientific Retreat will be held Wednesday, May 1, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Vanderbilt University Student Life Center. Registration is free, but attendees should register by April 26. The topic of the retreat is “Signal Transduction in Cancer Initiation, Progression and Treatment.”

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