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Cancer Moonshot award to help map tumor progression

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

A trans-institutional team of researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University has received an $11 million Cancer Moonshot grant to build a single-cell resolution atlas to map out the routes that benign colonic polyps take to progress to colorectal cancer.

Connecting an asthma gene to leukemia

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

A receptor previously implicated in asthma may also play roles in other allergic diseases and in leukemia, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

Velez Edwards named to Women’s Health Research leadership

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Digna R. Velez Edwards, PhD, has been named director of Women’s Health Research, succeeding longtime director and founder, Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD, associate dean of Clinical and Translational Scientist Development and professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Team identifies new gene candidates for breast cancer risk

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

A new study has identified 48 candidate susceptibility genes for breast cancer risk, including 14 genes at loci (chromosome regions) not yet reported for breast cancer.

New breast cancer targets

Friday, May 4th, 2018

Using four large-scale data sets from normal and cancerous breast tissue samples, Vanderbilt researchers have identified 101 candidate breast cancer susceptibility genes with variant-associated gene expression changes.

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.

Searching out pancreatic cancer risk

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

A prospective study by Wei Zheng, Ph.D., M.D., and colleagues delivers the first direct epidemiological evidence that increased production of a chemical compound called prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), as measured by metabolites in urine (PGE-M), is associated with increased pancreatic cancer risk.

Calcium intake and colorectal cancer

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Calcium plays key roles in cellular signaling, proliferation and death. Previous studies exploring the relationship between dietary calcium intake and colorectal cancer have had contradictory results, perhaps due to no consideration of variation in calcium reabsorption by the kidney.

Blood type link to cancer survival

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Blood type may impact survival in ovarian cancer, the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. Patients with type A blood showed significantly longer survival than those with other blood types, according to a recent study by Alicia Beeghly-Fadiel, MPH, Ph.D., and colleagues.

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