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On-the-move cancer cells prefer a “comfort cruise,” follow predictable paths of least resistance

Sep. 13, 2019—New research from a group of Vanderbilt biomedical engineers reveals that while cancer cells move quickly in metastasis, they’re rather lazy in which paths they choose. According to the researchers, migrating cancer cells decide which path in the body to travel based on how much energy it takes, opting to move through wider, easier to...

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Open-source instructions for focused ultrasound provide cancer research boost

Jun. 8, 2016—Focused ultrasound is FDA-approved to treat three medical conditions and under investigation to treat dozens more. Just this week, popular TV journalist and surgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta explored the topic of focused ultrasound (FUS) as an experimental treatment for Parkinson’s disease. But the needed equipment costs hundreds of thousands of dollars and is tough to...

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Wilson is ‘A’ Award grant recipient for neuroblastoma immunotherapy work

Feb. 17, 2016—John Wilson, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, recently was named an ‘A’ Award recipient by the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for developing a new class of therapeutic to “retrain” the immune system against neuroblastoma. The Vanderbilt University School of Engineering researcher is one of three promising young investigators nationwide to win three-year, $450,000 grants, selected...

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Researchers seek answers to cancer, diabetic wounds in controlling gene networks

Mar. 27, 2015—Behind the pathology for a variety of painful and deadly diseases lie genes that aren’t doing their jobs. They may be blocking the healing process for foot wounds in diabetic patients or contributing to cancer by interfering with the dying off of mutated or damaged cells. Kelsey Beavers, a Vanderbilt University Ph.D. candidate in interdisciplinary...

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7 Vanderbilt engineers who found winter break was prime time for research

Jan. 2, 2015—Relieved undergraduates turned in their finals and jetted off for winter break a few weeks ago, leaving the halls at Vanderbilt University School of Engineering almost unnervingly empty. But there’s no break for research. Anyone in need of company could find labs full of Ph.D. candidates working practically the whole time. “We joke that one...

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Plan for cancer detector wins prize for Vanderbilt researchers

May. 16, 2007—A plan to use nanotechnology to produce a new type of cancer detector won the third-place award at the NanoNexus2007 conference held last month at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The detector has been under development for two years by Vanderbilt graduate student Chinmay Soman working under the supervision of Todd Giorgio, professor of biomedical engineering....

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