Science Market Update

UA Tucson Receives $1.59 Million for Lymphoma Research

Posted by Laura Braden on Wed, Oct 29, 2014

Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, occurs when white blood cells begin behaving abnormally, and do not properly protect the body from infections and diseases. There are two main types of lymphoma, Hodgkin Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, and although between 30 and 60 percent of patients with lymphoma can be cured through different treatment methods like chemotherapy and radiation therapy, there are still problems with lymphoma being resistant to some drugs used. The National Cancer Institute, part of the NIH, recently awarded the University of Arizona Tucson a 5-year, $1.59 million life science grant to study methods of combating drug resistance in lymphoma treatments.

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Emory University Receives $9 Million For Fragile X Syndrome Research

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Oct 28, 2014

Fragile X syndrome is a neurodegenerative, genetic disease that causes intellectual, behavioral, and learning challenges. According to the CDC, it is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability and even though it affects both men and women, it occurs more commonly and more severely in men. There are many other diseases associated with Fragile X, such as autism and epilepsy. Currently, there are no cures for the syndrome, but there are treatments that can help people suffering from the disorder learn some important skills. Emory University researchers have recently received a $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue their study of Fragile X syndrome and its associated disorders.

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TAMU Receives $1.9 Million Grant for Tuberculosis Research

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Oct 27, 2014

Tuberculosis (TB) affects people all over the world, although over 95 percent of the cases are in developing countries. TB is caused by a bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) that affects the lungs, which can stay in the body for many months before any symptoms are seen, leading to the transmission of the disease between people. Unlike many other universal diseases, though, tuberculosis is curable if caught in time and preventable. Even with known cures for TB, scientists are still studying the structure of the Mtb protein to find ways of using it to design future drugs. 

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Columbia Researchers Identify Glioblastoma Gene

Posted by Laura Braden on Fri, Oct 24, 2014

Glioblastoma is the most aggressive form of brain cancer, and like many other cancers, its causes are still unknown. Since it is generally very malignant, researchers know that glioblastoma cells frequently reproduce to keep the tumor alive and help it grow, and the location of glioblastoma in the brain provides the cells with ample blood supply. Through their study of glioblastomas, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center recently discovered that the gene KLHL9 is a leading factor in the cause of glioblastomas. 

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Increasing Infection Immunity by Inhibiting Inflammation at OSU

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Life science research has brought us the realization that one does not simply “age.” In the eyes of biotechnology researchers, the aging of the human body is a complicated, multifaceted process made up of several subprocesses. Some of these subprocesses can be delayed, stopped and even reversed. We saw one such example last month with a UCLA study on cell autophagy. Today, researchers from Ohio State University bring us another aspect of aging and show that it is reversible.

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UT Austin School of Nursing Given $2.4 Million to Establish New Research Center

Posted by Laura Braden on Wed, Oct 22, 2014

The National Institute of Health recently awarded the University of Texas Austin School of Nursing a $2.4 million grant to establish a new research center that will largely focus on treating individual, family, and community chronic health conditions. As one of two institutions in the U.S. to receive this award, UT Austin will be a national model to future research centers of this type. 

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Redesigned Molecule at Washington University Leads to Better Treatments for Osteoporosis

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Oct 20, 2014

Osteoporosis affects a large portion of the population in the United States. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), over 52 million people currently have osteoporosis or are at the risk of getting it in the future. With such a high amount of people affected, many treatments have been used on patients suffering from bone loss. However, the current treatments for this disease have been linked with an increased risk of getting infections and certain types of cancers later on. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have recently discovered a way to create treatments for osteoporosis that lower the risk of aftereffects.

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New Complex Carbohydrate Training Program at UGA

Posted by Laura Braden on Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Glycans, also known as complex carbohydrates, are essential macromolecules involved in nearly all phsyiological and pathological processes. They cover every living cell in the human body and perform a wide variety of tasks including cellular communication, growth, the spread of many diseases, and are necessary for the organisim's survival. However, there are still many glycans with unknown functions due to a lack of research. With the help of a recently awarded grant from the National Institutes of Health to the University of Georgia Athens, there will soon be more research into the roles of complex carbohydrates.

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UCSD Life Science Researchers Uncover the Benefits of Free Radicals

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Oct 16, 2014

To many people, antioxidants are simply thought of as a good thing to consume, even if the reason why is not clear.  A new study from the University of California, San Diego, shows that an overdose of antioxidants can actually inhibit the healing process.

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UT Austin in $17 Million Collaboration Researching Treatments for Traumatic Brain Injuries

Posted by Laura Braden on Wed, Oct 15, 2014

Nearly 2.5 million Americans are either hospitalized or die from traumatic brain injuries every year, and very rarely do these injuries receive proper treatment. Why? Because there are currently no successful treatments for curing these brain injuries. The Department of Defense has awarded the University of Texas Austin, along with 11 other U.S. institutions, a 5 year award of $17 million to develop successful treatments for these injuries.

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