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Nanoparticles boost anti-cancer immunity

Aug. 16, 2022—by Bill Snyder The growth of epithelial ovarian cancer, one of the most lethal malignancies, is associated with the presence of tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs), white blood cells that can block the anti-cancer activity of the immune system and immunotherapy. Fortunately, TAMs can be “repolarized,” converted from immunosuppressive tumor-promoters to inflammatory tumor-fighters. Now, Associate Professor of Pharmacology Fiona Yull,...

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U.S. precision medicine research program releases genomic data

Mar. 22, 2022—by Paul Govern Earlier this month the All of Us Research Program released an initial large batch of genomic data on its cloud-based research platform, the Researcher Workbench, including whole genome sequences of 98,600 research participants and genotype data from 165,200 participants. “Thanks to its many research participants from all 50 states, All of Us...

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Landman awarded $2.6 million grant to improve Alzheimer’s patient management

Oct. 15, 2021—An electrical and computer engineering professor has received a $2.6 million NIH grant to improve the understanding of structural changes in the brains of people who have Alzheimer’s Disease. The goal is to identify opportunities for early intervention by developing more effective interventional strategies. Bennett Landman, who chairs the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,...

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Chang receives $1.1 million grant to investigate brain-body connections, advance understanding of how brains age

Oct. 11, 2021—An assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering has received a $1.1 million NIH grant to investigate brain-body connections and advance understanding of aging in normal and pathological brains. Catie Chang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, leads the research team, which will focus on developing machine learning methods that can automatically reconstruct physiological...

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Team awarded $2.3 million NIH grant to evaluate new, more accurate ultrasound methods

Sep. 9, 2021—New acquisition and reconstruction solutions for ultrasound imaging developed by a Vanderbilt team aim to fundamentally improve the ability to obtain high quality, clinically relevant images, especially in cases of heart disease. With a new, $2.3 million National Institutes of Health grant, the researchers will evaluate their advances on a specific subset of cardiac imaging...

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$1.9 million NIH project to investigate effects of shear stress on cancer cells

Sep. 9, 2021—A biomedical engineering professor has received a $1.9 million NIH grant to investigate the effects of mechanical stimuli such as shear stress on the behavior of cancer cells in blood flow. J. Lawrence Wilson Professor Mike King and his research group will develop the devices for the study as well as new cell lines to...

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Research Snapshot: Exosuit concept developed at Vanderbilt peeks at the future of wearable tech

Mar. 25, 2021—The idea Karl Zelik (Vanderbilt University) Erik Lamers (Vanderbilt University) Karl E. Zelik, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and recent Ph.D. graduate Erik P. Lamers revealed a new exosuit designed to bring back relief to workers who have been under high strain throughout the pandemic, including last-mile delivery drivers and essential workers. The suit can...

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New $2 million NIH grant advances less invasive procedure for TLE

Feb. 16, 2021—A Vanderbilt research team has received a $2 million National Institutes of Health grant to further develop a needle-size robotic surgery system with real-time MRI guidance for drug resistant temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). Such a procedure has the potential to reduce or eliminate seizures using a minimally invasive approach over the current standard of care,...

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