Science Market Update

U of I at Chicago Receives $17.7 M Translational Research Grant

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Fri, Sep 09, 2016

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a four year, $17.7 million grant to the university of Illinois at Chicago’s Center for Clinical and Transitional Science to further translational research.

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Ohio State Researcher Finds Gene-Based Approach to Fight Fungus

Posted by BCI Staff on Wed, Aug 31, 2016

Although people expect to go to the hospital to be treated for their illnesses, sometimes patients can acquire fungal infections during treatment that can make them even sicker. The fungus Candida albicans is a common hospital-acquired fungus that can get into the bloodstream and vital organs, leading to a mortality rate of up to 75% of infected patients. Researchers at The Ohio State University in Columbus have found a potential approach to fight these infections.  

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UCLA Researchers: New Evidence for Novel Method of Cancer Metastasis

Posted by Greg Paul on Fri, Aug 26, 2016

Researchers from UCLA and partnering schools guided by Laurent Bentolila found evidence supporting the spread of malignant cells through angiotropism with vascular co-option, and even suggested they may be related or identical processes.  These findings were published in Nature Scientific Reports. With angiotropism being the ability for cells to travel along surface of blood vessels, but not be inside of them, also called extravascular migratory metastasis (EVMM) and vascular co-option being the ability for a tumor to use a blood supply and travel along it, this means cancer has an outlet to spread outside of the bloodstream.  The spread outside of the bloodstream means some current methods of treating cancer would be ineffective.

“... if the metastasizing cells are on the outside of the blood vessels, they escape exposure to the treatment and continue to spread cancer.”

-Laurent A. Bentolila

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Research at U Wisc-Madison May Make Botox Treatments Safer

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Tue, Aug 23, 2016

Over 6 million cosmetic surgery procedures are done each year using Botox, a form of the botulinum toxin. However, besides reducing wrinkles, botulinum toxins are used to treat over 20 medical conditions. These include severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms, chronic migraines, excessive sweating, leaky or over active bladders, facial spasms, and Cerebral Palsy. Botulinum toxins are also quite deadly. In fact, one gram--the equivalent to ¼ teaspoon of sugar--could kill over a million people.

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UIC: New Treatment Option For Type 1 Diabetes Brings Research Funding

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Mon, Aug 15, 2016

The University of Illinois at Chicago received a two-year, $475,000 grant to study a new treatment for type 1 diabetes that might help protect the pancreas. This promising new treatment would involve using two protein molecules to reduce the damage caused by the body’s autoimmune response.  The research led by Dr. Bellur S. Prabhaker, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at UIC, could eventually free many diabetes patients from the rigors of daily insulin injections.  

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USC Receives $12M to Study Genetic Variants in Breast Cancer

Posted by Laura Braden on Thu, Aug 11, 2016

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lives, making it the second most common cancer for American women. However, breast cancer does not affect all women equally. Past studies have shown that women of African descent with breast cancer die at a higher rate than white women. Researchers at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine have received a grant of $12 million from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study the disparities in breast cancer in women.

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University of Wisconsin: Progress on Earlier Diagnosis of Alzheimer's

Posted by Greg Paul on Fri, Aug 05, 2016

In 2014, the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center received a five-year grant from the NIH totalling $7.5M dollars.  The center was the first of its kind, created in 2009, and has provided a focused place of research on Alzheimer's diagnosis and treatment.  With funding through March of 2019, the center is moving forward, with one recent publication indicating a panel of biomarkers that have been linked with Alzheimer's.  

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Columbia University's Irving Institute Receives $58.4M Research Grant

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Aug 01, 2016

Since it's founding in 2006, the Herbert and Florence Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at the Columbia University Medical Center, in partnership with the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York, has provided more than 2,000 scientists with new opportunities of conducting clinical and translational research leading to quicker developments and deliveries of treatments. Recently, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) awarded the Irving Institute a grant of $58.4 million over the next five years to help the Institute further the translational research being conducted.

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$23.5M Granted to Fred Hutch Researchers to DefeatHIV

Posted by Laura Braden on Wed, Jul 27, 2016

DefeatHIV, an initiative based out of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA, has been researching potential cures for HIV over the past 5 years. Their research has focused on the use of blood cells genetically modified to be resistant to the HIV virus. It was recently announced that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded the DefeatHIV team a new grant of $23.5 million that will continue to support their research on this potential cure for an additional 5 years.

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UAZ Receives 2 Life Science Research Awards Totaling $54M

Posted by Katheryn Rein on Fri, Jul 22, 2016

Representatives from the University of Arizona, Tucson announced two massive monetary awards this week for researchers in life science disciplines.

Highlighting UA Tucson's Summer achievements though was a $43 million award to support at least five years of disease research, both on the basic science and clinic sides. This record breaking grant from this NIH, the largest in Arizona's history, will likely propel UA's ranking further ahead on the 2016 NIH Life Science Funding statistics list. In 2015, UAZ received a total of $75.5 million. 

“This is huge for Arizona. Only four academic medical centers across the country were chosen,” said Elizabeth Calhoun, one of the grant’s principal investigators at the UA’s Arizona Health Sciences Center. “Arizona will now have the ability to partake in the next generation of science in a way that they have never had an ability to do."

(University of Arizona campus, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The second was a $11.4 million, five-year project grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute which will fund research into the genetics of acute lung disorders. Dr. Joe "Skip" Garcia, the senior vice president of health sciences at the University of Arizona and principal investigator of this study, received this award through the NIH's highly competitive Project Program Grant which encourages collaborative projects between peers with diverse specialties to catalyze innovative results. 

"Coming shortly after the announcement of the largest NIH grant ever awarded in the state of Arizona, this award is another reminder of the strength of the UA Health Sciences and the impact our faculty researchers, clinicians and teachers are creating in our state and around the world." ~UA President Ann Weaver Hart

 

 

Arizona Researchers Quicken Infection Diagnosis

Using Cinnamon to Beat Cancer in Arizona

UA Researchers Get a Helping Hand from $6.1M Grant

 

 

 To learn more about life science research developments and  discoveries  at the University of Arizona, see the left links  featuring recently published UA articles previously published on  Science Market Update:

 

 

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