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Drug development under way with discovery of how to treat heart attack

Feb. 16, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers have identified the protein receptor in specialized heart cells that, when removed, preserves cardiac function after a heart attack. This discovery has significant implications for survival after a heart attack, with a promising therapeutic development now underway at the Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery. The research was led by David Merryman, a...

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Engineering Senior Associate Dean Paschal is 2021 AIMBE Fellow

Feb. 15, 2021—Senior Associate Dean and Biomedical Engineering Professor Cynthia B. Paschal has been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows. Dr. Paschal will be inducted during AIMBE’s Annual Event on March 26 along with 174 colleagues who make up the Fellow Class of 2021. The AIMBE College of Fellows is...

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Three teams with engineering faculty, students accepted to 2021 NSF I-Corps cohort

Feb. 5, 2021—Three Ideator teams with an engineering faculty member, an alumna and an undergraduate have been accepted to the Spring 2021 I-Corps cohort. The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program supports deep technologies and fundamental discoveries in science and engineering that have high potential to impact society. Vanderbilt’s Ideator program, run through the Wondr’y, works with burgeoning inventors among faculty, students and staff from universities...

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Annual event underscores contributions of women in STEM fields

Jan. 27, 2021—Marguerite Davis was one two biochemists who discovered vitamins A and B in 1913, though her university refused to pay Davis a salary for five of the six years she worked with Elmer McCollum, her more famous colleague. In 1946, Connie Myers Guion was the first woman in the U.S. to be named a professor...

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Dozens of engineering professors among world’s top 2% of working scientists

Jan. 25, 2021—Nearly 40 School of Engineering faculty members have been named among the top 2 percent of 7 million working scientists in the world. More than 60 percent of the school’s full professors are in this elite group, based on a recent study by a Stanford University professor and his colleagues. The study combines several different...

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Cancer Institute grant funds new integrated approach to early lung cancer detection

Jan. 22, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers have received a National Cancer Institute grant to develop a novel, integrative approach to detect early signs of lung cancer. The four-year project builds on a related, recent study that established the value of using three separate measures—structural imaging, a protein marker and information available from electronic health records—to predict lung cancer in...

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Improving the Wikipedia gender gap with Women of VISE begins Jan. 18

Jan. 15, 2021—The Women of VISE are hosting a virtual Wikithon focused on women in science, technology, engineering and math the week of Jan. 18 to contribute to and improve the quality of Wikipedia pages on female scientists and researchers. The event is open to the public; it requires registration on Wikipedia. Women of VISE There is...

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New engineering graduate program in surgery and intervention launches in fall 2021

Jan. 13, 2021—In fall 2021, Vanderbilt University will offer a graduate program that will equip engineers to improve translation of technology for medical procedures and surgery. The School of Engineering, in partnership with the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering, is launching a master’s of engineering program in surgery and intervention that will prepare engineers to address challenges...

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