Researchers at the University of Arizona recently received a $1.3 million new life science grant from the National Institutes of Health. The research funding was awarded in April of 2014 by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health. The project, entitled “The Cost-Effectiveness of School-Based Supervised Asthma Therapy” is being led by Dr. Lynn Gerald. Dr. Gerald is the Canyon Ranch Endowed Chair, Professor, and a Scientist in the Department of Health Promotion Sciences in the College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. In addition to this project receiving NIH research funding, her research interests include clinical, behavioral and epidemiological research in asthma, COPD, and tuberculosis.
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Ovarian Cancer accounts for about 3% of cancers among women, but it causes more deaths than any other cancers of the female reproductive system. Recurrent Ovarian Cancer is almost always fatal, and new treatments are desperately needed.
University of Arizona researchers have identified genes within the human Cytomegalovirus, which could lead to targeted therapies that prevent disease caused by reactivation of the virus.
University of Arizona, Tucson doctoral student Sara Parker, alongside her adviser Sourav Ghosh (assistant professor of cellular and molecular medicine), have shed light on an unknown mechanism responsible for establishing polarity in developing nerve cells. This research, receiving life science funding from the National Institute of Health and Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation, Inc. (awarded to Sara Parker), is allowing these scientists to understand how nerve cells make connections in the body.
Researchers at the University of Arizona recently received $1.2 million in NIH life science funding for a project titled “Selenium Colorectal Cancer Chemoprevention Agents.” The project start date is listed as August 1st, 2013. The NIH RePORTER goes into more detail about what the researchers are working to accomplish:
A University of Arizona, Tucson researcher, Charles Raison, MD, recently received a 2013 IMHR Pilot Grant of $20,000 from the Institute for Mental Health Research to study the effects of whole body hyperthermia as an antidepressant. Dr. Raison is an associate professor of psychiatry in the College of Medicine and an associate professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, as well. His study is titled, “Antidepressant Effects of Whole Body Hyperthermia (WBH).”
Dr. Gary Michelson is a retired Los Angeles surgeon who made a lot of money ($1.35B) from a spinal surgical invention in 2005. Since then he's devoted himself and his considerable resources to philanthropy. One of his most passionate causes is reducing the rate of euthanasia for unwanted pets by promoting spaying and neutering, along with shelter adoption, training, and good vet care through the Los Angeles group Found Animals. Not content with the usual invasive practice of sterilizing pets, he also created the Michelson Prize and Grants to challenge research scientists to come up with a cheap, safe, and effective one-dose pill for cats and dogs to induce permanent infertility. The winner of the Michelson Prize in Reproductive Biology will take home $25M and the satisfaction of knowing that fewer pets will be put down because of overpopulation.
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It seems that what you don't know just might hurt you when it comes to your immune system. Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich, immunobiologist at the University of Arizona and investigator with the BIO5 Institute, has been studying the effects of cytomegalovirus (CMV) on the human immune system's ability to combat other viruses such as West Nile or the flu as we get older. His research suggests that a person infected with CMV has a diminished immune response compared to an uninfected person. The elderly in particular show a compromised immune response and even turn out to have a lower life expectancy.
The summer of 2012 is set to go down as one of the driest and worst years for US farmers, but it's proving to be an excellent season for fruit science, especially at the University of Arizona, Tucson. In June we saw the sequencing of the tomato genome (technically a fruit), which was a breakthrough in genetics research. The Arizona Genomics Institute has now cracked another complex code: the genome of the banana.
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