Researchers find high-risk genes for schizophrenia

Using a unique computational framework they developed, a team of scientist cyber-sleuths in the Vanderbilt University Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute (VGI) has identified 104 high-risk genes for schizophrenia.

The arrestin-GPCR connection

Now in a study published in the journal PLOS ONEVsevolod Gurevich, PhD, and colleagues show that a glycine residue at the beginning of the finger loop is critical for the arrestin-GPCR interaction.

Discovery aids search for cancer biomarkers

A report by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has shattered conventional wisdom about how cells, including cancer cells, shed DNA into the bloodstream: they don’t do it by packaging the genetic material in tiny vesicles called exosomes.

Robot-guided video game gets older adults out of comfort zone, learning and working together

Vanderbilt University’s Nilanjan Sarkar, a mechanical engineering professor, Linda Beuscher, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, and their team recently finished testing the game in two nursing homes with a total of 15 older adults, both with and without cognitive impairments.

The hunt is on for closest Earth-like planets

A team of astronomers from Cornell, Lehigh, and Vanderbilt university has identified the most promising targets for this search in the new “TESS Habitable Zone Star Catalog,” published March 26 in Astrophysical Journal Letters.