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Pitt Biomedical News: Military Medicine Research Center + VA Research Expansion

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Thu, Apr 14, 2016

(Original article from 2012 by Jaimee Saliba. Updated information added by Katey Rein.)

The University of Pittsburgh has strong ties with the Pittsburgh Veteran's Administration Medical Center located next door, and in the past few years those relations have been strengthened with the establishment of the UP School of Medicine Center for Military Medicine Research as well as a new research facility at the VA's University Drive campus.

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Tags: University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, VA, Stem cell research, New research facilities, UPITT, 2012, Neuroscience, BioResearch Product Faire Event, PA, Pittsburgh, vet research

Emory Doctors Perform Georgia’s First Triple Organ Transplant

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Fri, Dec 28, 2012

This holiday season, 38-year-old mother Stephanie Lindstrom spent time with her family with a renewed optimism and a deep sense of gratitude. Lindstrom is thankful to see Christmas this year after undergoing a triple organ transplant at Emory University Hospital five months ago, the first triple organ transplant ever to take place in the state of Georgia.

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Tags: Emory University, 2012, Georgia, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Atlanta, GA, Emory doctors, transplant surgery

UCLA School of Medicine Celebrates $100M Geffen Gift

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Thu, Dec 27, 2012

In 2002, entertainment mogul David Geffen gave an unrestricted gift of $200M to the University of Calfornia Los Angeles' School of Medicine, which was subsequently named the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) in recognition of his generosity. Now, Mr. Geffen has made a further gift of $100M to establish a medical scholarship fund that will offer full funding to the most qualified and promising medical students, whether they are pursuing the MD degree or the MD/PhD in UCLA's renowned Medical Scientist Training Program. As the aim of the scholarship program is to recruit the best students in the world to DGSOM, both American and international students are eligible. All costs including living expenses and supplies are covered by the award and are offered for all 4 years (or 8 in the combined MD/PhD scientist program).

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Tags: CA, University of California Los Angeles, California, 2012, Los Angeles, Funding, UCLA, Biotechnology Vendor Showcase, medical school, charitable giving

Cells are Under Control at University of Cincinnati

Posted by Sam Asher on Wed, Dec 26, 2012

A technique that is becoming more and more widespread and useful in both modern medicine and biological research is that of cell manipulation. Instead of working purely on visible structures like organs and tissues, doctors and scientists have begun to focus in on how to sort, move, and alter the smallest building blocks of life: cells. While many techniques have been developed and accepted for these purposes, research at the University of Cincinnati has yielded a new method that may be both more efficient and inexpensive than anything seen thus far.

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Tags: Midwest, University of Cincinnati, 2012, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Cincinnati, OH, UCinci

The University of Utah Aura Migraine Research Finds New Treatment Target

Posted by BCI Staff on Fri, Dec 21, 2012

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Tags: Bioresearch, Utah, university of utah, Medical Research, migraine research, 2012, scientific research, Front Line event, Salt Lake City

San Antonio Biotech Spin-Off to Commercialize UTHSC Anti-Aging Research

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Thu, Dec 20, 2012

Rapamycin has been used as an effective immunosuppresant in organ transplantation for over a decade, but researchers continue to find other potential uses for the drug base, from treating cancer to prolonging aging, including staving off Alzheimer's. The success and promise of this anti-aging research carried out by University of Texas Health Science Center pharmacologist Randy Strong and colleagues has recently led to the announcement of a major biotech spin-off company, Rapamycin Holdings Inc., also based in San Antonio. The new company will pursue development and testing of rapamycin-related drugs based on UTHSC intellectual property, as well as produce enhanced rapamycin for the global research market--something UTHSC currently does. Rapamycin Holdings was formed with aid (and ongoing support) from the Texas Technology Development Center (T3DC), the Texas Research & Technology Foundation (TRTF), as well as other stakeholders, in order to commercialize the research technology and bring new drug treatments to patients.

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Tags: Aging, University of Texas, Texas, 2012, UT Health Science Center San Antonio, UTxSA, San Antonio, Drug Development

UCSD Biology Research Lab Makes Cancer Drug from Green Algae

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Wed, Dec 19, 2012

If Dr. Seuss were still writing his wonderous books and turned his attention to biotechnology today, we might see a title like Ah, the Things You Can Do With Algae! At the University of California San Diego a number of research institutions have joined together to form the San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology (SD-CAB) where scientists are pursuing all sorts of innovative projects using the ubiquitous green matter that also happens to be a genetic model organism. Which means it is not only easy to grow, but it can do things that bacteria and even mammalian cells can't, like host a genetically engineered protein that targets cancer.

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Tags: CA, University of California San Diego, cancer research, cell biology, Southwest, California, 2012, biology research, UCSD, Biotechnology Vendor Showcase, San Diego Biotechnology

Fishing for Leads at the University of Wisconsin

Posted by Sam Asher on Tue, Dec 18, 2012

A little-known fact about the University of Wisconsin, Madison is their emphasis on fish research. In fact, according to an Isthmus article, the university uses and keeps over 400,000 fish: more than the rest of their three dozen species combined. The University of Wisconsin’s research on fish is extensive, and scales from regulating the waterways they travel through to the invasive dangers they face.

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Tags: 2012, WI, Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin Madison, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Madison

Research Labs Open at Mount Sinai School of Medicine's New Hess Center Building

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Mon, Dec 17, 2012

Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City has just celebrated the opening of its Leon and Norma Hess Center for Science and Medicine in Harlem, with no fewer than 6 full floors (180,000sf) dedicated to laboratory research. The 2 buildings that make up the research facilities and the residential/clinical tower have been under construction for four years, and when we last reported on their progress, the opening had been projected into Spring of 2013. Clearly they've made up some time and are eager to be fully operational as soon as possible. In fact, in a news release, officials said that they had originally expected it to take 4-5 years from the opening to a point where they were fully staffed (with new recruits), but now they've shortened that time to 18-24 months.

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Tags: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Northeast, New research facilities, New York, 2012, MSSM, BioResearch Product Faire Event, NY, New York City, New YorkISMMS, City

Alternative Energy Bioresearch Explored at Michigan State University

Posted by Sam Asher on Fri, Dec 14, 2012

Dependence on fossil fuels has been a hot topic for decades now. Several United States presidents have urged that we step away from oil and utilize other natural resources. Now, a partnership between Michigan State University at East Lansing and Luleå University of Technology in Sweden is working on just that. Their plan for alternative energy comes from a biomaterial produced from agricultural residue called butyric acid.

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Tags: Michigan State University, Midwest, 2012, MI, East Lansing, MSU, BioResearch Product Faire Frontline Event

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