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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

Ahmet Cakir

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

Prof. John T. Wilson

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


A Musical Awakening

Written by Alexander Chern, M.D. candidate at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine About a year ago, in a crosswalk at the corner of Natchez and Blakemore, I was hit by a car. I was hospitalized for a month after sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other serious injuries. When I woke from my…

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015


Ugly Foods: The Creation of a Mobile App

Written Edward Yun, Vanderbilt ’17 (Computer Science) Last fall, I read an article about the amount of food wasted in the U.S. every year. What surprised me most was how much we throw away because of arbitrary “beauty” rules. If a fruit or vegetable is less than 90 percent perfect, it can’t be sold to…

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Mobile Cloud Computing, News


Abdi Nor Iftan Shares Experiences During Africa Week

Written by Vanderbilt rising sophomore Dylan Choi Africa Week sponsored several incredible events including the African drumming clinic, an African dancing class and teach-ins on diverse topics. However, the event I found the most impressive was the talk given by Abdi Nor Iftan, a refugee/reporter from Somalia. While the other events provided valuable knowledge about…

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in News, TIPs 2016


VISE Supports Medical Projects that Directly Impact Patients

Written by John Mendoza, B.E. Biomedical Engineering 2016, M.S. Biomedical Engineering 2017 Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) is a prime example of one of the university’s invaluable resources available to engineering students looking to hit the ground running. Because it lies at the university’s forefront of surgical excellence and engineering solutions, VISE understands…

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015


Reflecting on the First Semester of The Nation’s Health

Co-Written by Gilbert Gonzales and Tara McKay During the first offering of our University Course “The Nation’s Health: From Policy to Practice,” undergraduate and graduate students from across Vanderbilt joined us to address some of the major challenges facing the U.S. health care system, including barriers to health care, health care costs and widening health…

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in News, The Nation's Health