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Biochemistry’s Hodges stays grounded in joy of discovery

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Albert Einstein once wrote, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” For Emily Hodges, Ph.D., that awakening occurred in a high school science class taught by Trudy Anderson, Ed.D. “She made science exciting,” Hodges said. Two decades later, science is still fun for Hodges, who joined […]

Hhex gene critical for maintaining blood cells

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Hhex is a gene linked to blood cancers such as T-cell and early T-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a treatment-resistant subtype. An Hhex knockout mouse model would be invaluable for understanding the genetic basis of T-cell leukemias and finding possible treatments. However, Hhex is critical for embryonic development and conventional Hhex knockout mice do not survive […]

Study reveals how protein helps cells tolerate DNA damage

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Every day, cells in our bodies copy their DNA — about 6 billion “letters” worth — and divide. DNA replication is a fundamental process in biology, but it isn’t fully understood, said Brandt Eichman, Ph.D., associate professor of Biological Sciences and Biochemistry. And it doesn’t always proceed smoothly. DNA damage and other problems in the […]

Veterans returning from Middle East face higher skin cancer risk

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Soldiers who served in the glaring desert sunlight of Iraq and Afghanistan returned home with an increased risk of skin cancer, due not only to the desert climate, but also a lack of sun protection, Vanderbilt dermatologist Jennifer Powers, M.D., reports in a study published recently in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. “The past decade […]

Arteaga, AACR push for cancer research funding

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Carlos L. Arteaga, M.D., director of the Center for Cancer Targeted Therapies and director of the Breast Cancer Program at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), recently joined other cancer research leaders in a meeting with members of Congress to discuss precision medicine in cancer and the need for continued federal support for cancer research. The June […]

Healthy Diet Linked to Lower Death Rates Among Low-Income Residents in Southeastern U.S.

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Eating a healthy diet was linked with a lower risk of dying from heart disease, stroke, cancer or other diseases among a population of low-income individuals living in the Southeastern U.S., according to research led by Vanderbilt University investigators. Nearly two-thirds of the participants in the study were African-American. The study by first author Danxia […]

Award-winning VICC investigators in spotlight at ASCO

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Several young cancer investigators at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center received research grant awards during the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), held May 29 – June 2 in Chicago. The grants, designed to boost the recipients’ research careers, were awarded by ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization working to conquer the […]

Daniels receives grant to study retinoblastoma treatment

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Anthony Daniels, M.D., M.S.c., assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Cancer Biology, and Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), recently received a career-starter research grant from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation for $60,000. The funds will allow Daniels, also director of Ocular Oncology at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, and his team to further […]

Lit up COX-2 cancer probe

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Visualizing tumors is crucial for proper diagnosis and treatment. Near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence is a promising optical imaging technique due to its sensitivity to specific disease-related molecules. Development of NIR probes that show only tumor and not non-tumor tissues, a common problem with current methods, would be invaluable. Reporting last month in the Journal of Biomedical […]

New VU app takes SMART look at clinical information sharing

Friday, June 5th, 2015

On June 1 in Chicago, at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a mobile computer application under development at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, called SMART Precision Cancer Medicine (PCM), was featured in a demonstration of improved cancer care coordination through clinical data interoperability and electronic clinical information sharing. SMART (Substitutable Medical […]

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