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Billy and Jennifer Frist's visit to Maithilee Kunda's lab.  They have a son with autism and are starting a local nonprofit to put people on the autism spectrum to work!.(John Russell/Vanderbilt University)

Introducing the Center for Autism and Innovation

Written by Dr. David Caudel, Executive Director – Center for Autism and Innovation The Center for Autism and Innovation, a collaborative project that brings together engineers, scientists, disabilities researchers and business scholars from across Vanderbilt’s campus, was recently named a recipient of one of the university’s 2017 Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) awards. Many adults on the…

Posted by on August 1, 2017 in News, TIPs 2017

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What do you know about HPV infection and the cancers HPV causes? 

Written by Ronald D. Alvarez, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology Infections cause more than 2 million cases of cancer worldwide annually, accounting for approximately 15 percent of all new cancer cases. HPV is second only to Helicobacter pylori as one of the most cancer-causing pathogens, resulting in more than 600,000 cases of cancer worldwide each year. In…

Posted by on July 26, 2017 in News, TIPs 2017


VISE Project Vault – Manual Surgical Tools with Robot-like Dexterity

Written by Patrick Anderson, Vanderbilt University doctoral candidate in Mechanical Engineering In the Medical Engineering and Discovery (MED) Lab, we work with surgeons to design surgical robots and medical devices that make surgery less invasive, more accurate and more effective. One project that I have worked on in the MED Lab is a laparoscopic tool…

Posted by on July 19, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015


Symposium on Modeling Immunity Recap

Written by Heather Darling, Laboratory Manager – Meiler Lab The second annual Symposium on Modeling Immunity was held April 27, 2017. The symposium focused on modeling and designing antibodies, and was hosted by Dr. Jens Meiler and Dr. James Crowe, Jr. within the Vanderbilt Center for Structural Biology and Vanderbilt Vaccine Center. Over 100 people…

Posted by on July 17, 2017 in News, TIPs 2016

An infrared photo of a top-heated aluminum sponge coated with PNIPAM. A temperature gradient from 44.3 °C (top) to 32.7 °C (bottom) can be observed.

Innovative Water Collection Project Could Help Create More Drinking Water in Developing Countries

Written by Shihong Lin, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” This line by a 19th century English poet vividly describes the paradox in water scarcity that many regions of our world still face. However, thanks to advances over the past few decades, we now have powerful…

Posted by on June 22, 2017 in Discovery Grants, News


Identifying Innate Antimicrobial Strategies during Pregnancy-Related Infections

Written by Jennifer Gaddy, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Dept. of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infections during pregnancy cause serious complications that can lead to preterm labor as well as maternal and neonatal sepsis. These outcomes carry serious financial and emotional burdens for families around the globe. A better understanding of…

Posted by on June 21, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015

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VISE Project Vault

Written by Ahmet Cakir, PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science In the Medical Image Processing (MIP) lab, two main research areas we work on are related to Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and Cochlear Implants (CIs). Some of the projects include DBS assistance, assessing the impact of several factors on CI hearing…

Posted by on June 14, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015

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Intelligent Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS) Project Continues To Make Strides

Written by Alessandro Fascetti, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Research Scholar The Vanderbilt IRIS Initiative continues to grow at a rapid pace. The research group has made significant progress towards the definition of a new concept of intelligent and resilient infrastructure systems, that organically interact (i.e. inform as well as adapt to demands) with local communities and decision…

Posted by on June 9, 2017 in News, TIPs 2016

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An Exciting Time for Immunotherapy and Immunoengineering at Vanderbilt

Written by John T. Wilson, Assistant Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Immunotherapy is everywhere nowadays. From advertisements during the NHL Playoffs (Go Preds!) to the front page of the New York Times and throughout the Twitterverse – the impact of cancer immunotherapy is pervasive and here to stay. Whether you are a clinician, an…

Posted by on June 5, 2017 in News, TIPs 2016

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Glucose Cycling: A Discovery Grant Project Funding the O’Brien and Young Laboratories (Part I)

Written by Richard O’Brien, Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics Two aspects of biological research that are the most rewarding are (i) working on a problem where there is great controversy in the field and (ii) working on a problem where the available data make no logical sense. Our Discovery Grant funds a collaborative research…

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Discovery Grants, News