Science Market Update

UAB Center for AIDS Research Committed to Stopping HIV by 2030

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Tue, Aug 22, 2017

According to an article for UAB News, 40% of individuals infected with HIV are not currently receiving antiretroviral therapy, which means their disease is not suppressed. The University of Alabama, Birmingham’s Center for AIDS Research recently partnered with state and local agencies in signing the Paris Declaration to eliminate the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2030. Birmingham is the 13th U.S. city to commit to achieving the Declaration’s goals.

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Tags: Bioresearch funding, AIDS Research, Alabama, University of Alabama, University of Alabama Birmingham, UAlab, UAB, NIH funding, University of Alabama at Birmingham, BioResearch Product Faire, Bioresearch Grant, NIH awards 2017

UCSF Granted $20M for HIV Research Institute

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Jan 11, 2016

Since HIV/AIDS emerged as a global health problem in the 1980's, researchers have been diligently working to create new treatments and vaccines for the disease. Currently, there is no cure for the disease, and treatments can only suppress it. Because of its severity and broad reach, scientists around the world receive substantial funding each year to study this virus in order to gain a more thorough understanding and better combat it. Now, thanks to an award from the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), researchers at the University of California, San Francisco will be able to study the virus in a new $20 million institute, located on the Mission Bay campus, for the next five years.
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Tags: CA, University of California San Francisco, HIV, AIDS Research, Southwest, San Francisco, SFVS, Biotechnology Vendor Showcase, UCSF, UCSF Mission Bay, New research center, 2016

OHSU Isn't "Monkeying" Around, Gets $7M+ for HIV/AIDS

Posted by Robert Larkin on Wed, Apr 22, 2015

HIV and AIDS have been a conspicuous concern worldwide for several decades now; research into its treatment regularly gains national attention and benefits from billions of dollars in research funding. What many people may not realize, however, is that simian immunodeficiency virus, (or SIV, a nonhuman primate form of HIV that causes AIDS in monkeys) may hold the keys to unlocking the mysteries of how HIV can be treated in humans.

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Tags: HIV, AIDS Research, Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon, 2015, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Research Funding, NIH, OHSU, NIH grants, Bioreseach

Stanford Receives $50M Booster Shot from Gates Foundation

Posted by Robert Larkin on Mon, Mar 02, 2015

Life science researchers at Stanford University are getting a booster shot from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has pledged to give $50 million over the next 10 years to establish the Stanford Human Systems Immunology Center on the school's California campus.

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Tags: CA, AIDS Research, California, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Research Funding, AIDS vaccine research, research grants, new building expansion

Pitt Research Breakthrough Finds Weak Link to Disrupt AIDS Development

Posted by BCI Staff on Mon, Jan 28, 2013

In order for HIV to proliferate and infect new cells in the body, a number of proteins need to interact with each other in just the right way. If they don't, the virus is not able to multiply and spread, and HIV infection cannot develop into full-blown Auto Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). It's a case of finding a weak link and exploiting its potential to disrupt an entire supply chain. In the University of Pittsburgh microbiology lab of Dr. Thomas Smithgall, this protein sabotage approach has successfully allowed them to identify a helper molecule that, if compromised, could form the basis of an effective new HIV/AIDS treatment therapy. The paper documenting their research appeared in the January 24 issue of Chemistry & Biology.

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Tags: 2014, 2013, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Northeast, AIDS Research, Microbiology, UPITT, BioResearch Product Faire Event, PA, Pittsburgh

Major UCB Life Science Advance with RNA-Programmed Genome Editing

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Fri, Jan 11, 2013

2012 was a big year for the science of snipping DNA to introduce genetic changes into a cell, also known as genome editing. Though Science magazine hailed two new techniques for selectively cutting and pasting DNA in the field of genome engineering as together constituting one of the Top 10 scientific breakthroughs of the year, those methods may already have been surpassed by researchers at the University of California Berkeley using RNA and a single protein. Faster, simpler, and cheaper, the UCB team led by Dr. Jennifer Doudna published initial results of their work genetically modifying bacteria using the RNA-based DNA cleavage technique last summer. The response from the the life science community was extremely positive, with reviews calling it a "tour de force" and a "a real hit," according to the latest press release. Now three more papers are coming out based on the work of the Doudna Lab showing that the RNA programming technique using a bacterial enzyme known as Cas9 is equally effective in making alterations to human genes.

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Tags: 2014, CA, 2013, University of California Berkeley, AIDS Research, Molecular Engineering, gene therapy, Southwest, California, University of California, genetic engineering, Berkeley, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Harvard, genomics research, UC Berkeley, UCBerk

$21.8M NIH Funding Announced for Continued HIV Research at Univ of Utah

Posted by BCI Staff on Wed, Oct 03, 2012

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Tags: university of utah, AIDS Research, Northwest, 2012, UT, scientific research, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Funding, Research Funding, science research, Salt Lake City

FHCRC Basic Biology Research Lab Explores Genetic "Evolutionary Arms Race"

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Wed, Sep 12, 2012

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Tags: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Washington, AIDS Research, WA, evolution research, 2012, biology research, biology research scientists, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Genetics, Seattle

Boston Bio Science Research Lab Breakthrough in AIDS Vaccine Development

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Wed, Jul 25, 2012

There's been a lot of promising news lately on the HIV/AIDS drug and treatment front, and more scientific solutions are being developed in labs every day.  Bringing new vaccine and drug treatments to fruition has been challenging, though, as test animals such as mice do not have immune systems that are similar enough to ours to predict what would really happen in a human model. Now, at bio science research labs at the Ragon Institute in Boston, scientists have overcome that obstacle by engineering a mouse with what is essentially a human immune system. The Ragon study just published in Science Translational Medicine successfully demonstrated that these "humanized mice" do in fact respond like a human does when infected with HIV. This is a big step towards developing and testing new vaccines in the lab.

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Tags: Harvard University, Northeast, AIDS Research, animal research, 2012, Immune System, Boston, BioResearch Product Faire Event, MA, Harvard, BRPF, scientist solutions

NIH Funded Bioscience Research Shows Cannabinoids Slow AIDS Progress

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Mon, Jun 25, 2012

Debates over the legitimacy of medical marijuana as a pain medication or appetite enhancer have tended to point to a lack of scientific studies proving the key substance is safe and effective. Patients and doctors have not always waited for that hard evidence, instead working from an empirical position that saw positive results from the ingestion of cannabinoids, the active ingredients, that lead them to make their own treatment decisions. But serious bioscience research, especially in the fields of pharmacology, infectious disease, and neuroscience, is showing surprising results in laboratory studies on cannabinoids, and those findings go far beyond the pain and appetite benefits to actually short-circuiting disease in late-stage AIDS patients.

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Tags: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Bioscience research, Cannabinoids, AIDS Research, New York, MSSM, NY, NIH, New York City

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