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Patent Ductus Arteriosus Stent

Vanderbilt researchers have created a low-cost, removable Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) stent for pediatric patients. There is currently no commercially available pediatric PDA stent, but it is estimated that over 3,000 babies are born each year in the United States with cyanotic heart disease; a significant fraction of whom can benefit from temporary placement of the PDA stent described here.

Peptide and Protein Fragmentation by Lysine Residue Originated Reactions

A method of modifying protein samples that comprises combining the sample with a peroxycarbonate solution and inserting the sample into a mass spectrometer. The present invention also includes methods of N-terminus characterization.

Human Monoclonal Antibodies to Infectious Diseases

Using human B cell hybridoma creation, and antibody engineering technologies, Dr. James E Crowe Jr.'s laboratory has developed an array of antibodies from full length human antibodies to Fab fragments and diabodies. Many of these antibodies are ready for a cooperate partner who can further develop these antibodies into biologic herapeutics. The table below is a sample of the antibodies they are currently researching and have available. In addition to these areas of research, Dr. Crowe is actively seeking collaborative opportunities to identify new interesting targets for future antibody engineering projects.

Molecular Profiles for Subtyping Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Personalized medicine is at the forefront of medical news and specialized diagnostics that can align patients with the correct treatment are the key to this type of medicine. Jennifer Pietenpol and colleagues have performed extensive research and discovered that triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a heterogeneous disease with at least six subtypes. These subtypes have differing biological behaviors and sensitivities to known therapeutics. Diagnostic assays will help guide personalized and more effective therapy.

Serotonin 2B Receptor Antagonism to Prevent Heart Valve Disease

Vanderbilt researchers have developed a novel approach that could potentially prevent or slow the progression of DAVD at its earliest possible stages so as to greatly increase patient quality of life. The initial mechanism which triggers fibrotic lesion formation occurs by phenotypic modulation of the aortic valve interstitial cells (AVICs) to the constitutive myofibroblast phenotype, producing significant amounts of extracellular matrix, similar to fibrotic remodeling in other tissues. Thus, desired goal to prevent DAVD is to control the phenotype modulation by specifically inhibiting molecular mechanisms that are known to cause activation of AVICs. This is achieved by inhibiting transforming growth factor-

Multisubstrate Inhibitors of Histone Acetylation Increase the Cytotoxicity of Chemotherapeutic Agents

Inhibitors of histone acetylation may constitute a novel class of potent therapy sensitizers applicable to a broad range of conventional cancer treatments.

The Adventures of Jasper Woodbury: videodisc-based adventures that focus on mathematical problem finding and problem solving designed for students in grades 5 and up

The Adventures of Jasper Woodbury™ consists of 12 videodisc-based adventures that focus on mathematical problem finding and problem solving. In particular, each adventure provides multiple opportunities for problem solving, reasoning, communication and making connections to other areas such as science, social studies, literature and history. Jasper adventures are designed for students in grades 5 and up. Each videodisc contains a short (approximately 17 minute) video adventure that ends in a complex challenge. The adventures are designed like good detective novels where all the data necessary to solve the adventure (plus additional data that are not relevant to the solution) are embedded in the story. Jasper adventures also contain "embedded teaching" episodes that provide models of particular approaches to solving problems.

Combined Raman Spectroscopy- Optical Coherence Tomography (RS-OCT)

Vanderbilt researchers have developed an optical system for the differentiation of normal and cancerous skin lesions. The system combines the diagnostic prowess of two separate techniques to provide non-invasive, real-time, in-situ evaluation of lesions.

Wireless Tissue Palpation for Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Techniques

Researchers in Vanderbilt University's STORM Lab have developed a wireless palpation device that uses magnetic coupling between two units to provide valuable feedback about tissue properties and potential abnormalities. The wireless capabilities of this technology make it ideally suited for minimally invasive surgery and natural orifice procedures, as the device does not require the use of a surgical port.

Local Magnetic Actuation for Obese And Pediatric Patients

Researchers in Vanderbilt University's STORM Lab have developed a novel actuation system that uses magnetic coupling to transmit mechanical power across a physical barrier. This technology is particularly suited for use in minimally invasive surgical procedures for manipulating surgical instruments across tissue barriers.

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