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Zanic’s research recognized with 2016 Searle Scholarship

Friday, April 29th, 2016

An expert in the dynamic behavior of the microtubule cytoskeleton at Vanderbilt University is among 15 scientists in the chemical and biological sciences nationwide who have been named 2016 Searle Scholars. Marija Zanic, Ph.D., assistant professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, will receive $300,000 in flexible funding from the […]

Mechanism of a DNA repair protein

Friday, April 15th, 2016

A DNA replication machine acts at a “replication fork” to unzip and copy DNA. But many obstacles, such as damaged DNA and unusual DNA structures, can stall replication forks with severe consequences, such as mutation and DNA rearrangements that cause cancer. Replication stress response proteins such as ZRANB3 minimize inaccuracies in DNA copying by stabilizing […]

‘Music and Miracles’ Concert to Benefit Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

AUBURN, Ala. (March 15, 2016) – The Chicken Salad Chick Foundation has named Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) as one of the beneficiaries of funds raised at the inaugural Music & Miracles Superfest. The mission of Music & Miracles Superfest is to bring the biggest entertainers in America to one of the most notable venues in […]

IOM study calls for better evidence for biomarker tests

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Biomarker tests that help determine which patients may benefit from molecularly targeted therapies need better evidence and oversight to improve their effectiveness and availability, according to a study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The study authors said the tests are not being uniformly adopted into […]

Grant spurs research into how cancer cells spread

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Aron Parekh, Ph.D., assistant professor of Otolaryngology, has received a four-year, $790,000 Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society to further his research into the mechanical and biological properties of cancer cells and the methods by which they leave the initial tumor and spread or metastasize to other parts of the body. “I am […]

Transplant Center initiative seeks to boost cancer education

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Lindsay Ramsey Smith, MSN, R.N., a quality consultant for the Vanderbilt Transplant Center (VTC), recently uncovered some interesting data that sparked a center-wide improvement project. Every year the center reports all malignancies to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). During one of the reporting cycles, Smith noticed that a large portion of Vanderbilt patients […]

Zutter takes part in cancer strategy meet at White House

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Vanderbilt physician/scientist Mary Zutter, M.D., Louise B. McGavock Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology and assistant vice chancellor for Integrative Diagnostics, can now add “White House guest” to her resume. Zutter joined a group of prominent cancer researchers for a recent meeting with Vice President Joe Biden’s staff to discuss the future of cancer research. […]

Findings offer new insight on how cell division proteins work

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

A family of proteins with critical roles in cell division, synaptic transmission and cell migration don’t all function the way scientists thought they did, according to two new studies led by Vanderbilt researchers. Instead of bending membranes into tubes, these “F-BAR” proteins — named for a domain they share — appear to form patches on […]

Lovly lands cancer research grant from V Foundation

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Christine Lovly, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Medicine and Cancer Biology, has been awarded a V Scholar Grant from the V Foundation for Cancer Research. The award, funded by The Hearst Foundation, will provide $200,000 over two years for the study of a novel gene mutation linked to some forms of cancer. The V Scholar […]

College of American Pathologists lauds Washington’s contributions

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Mary (Kay) Washington, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of American Pathologists(CAP). Washington was one of eight physician members honored during the organization’s recent annual meeting in Nashville. The CAP Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes pathologists who have demonstrated a broad, positive impact on the […]

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