Science Market Update

$10M Gift Benefits Sports Medicine Research at USC

Posted by Gloria Beverage on Fri, Nov 16, 2018

 

Researchers and clinicians at the newly renamed University of Southern California's Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine will collaborate with the university’s Athletics Department and the Keck School of Medicine to develop innovative injury prevention strategies to not only keep Trojan student-athletes healthy, but also help predict the risk of injury and reinjury. $10,000,000 recently donated by the Epstein Family Foundation will help USC staff achieve this.  

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Tags: University of Southern California, USC, New research center, New research facilities, California, CA, Southwest Region, Sports Medicine, biomedical researh, Biotechnology trade show

New Research, Forensics Facility at University of South Florida

Posted by Gloria Beverage on Thu, Oct 25, 2018

Celebrations were held in September for two new facilities on the St. Petersburg campus of the University of South Florida. Grand opening festivities were held for a new seven-story, 225,000-square-foot Research and Education Building.  In the same month, groundbreaking ceremonies marked construction of the K9 Tactical Center/Florida’s Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactics (F.I.R.S.T.).

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Tags: bioengineering, biomedical researh, USF, University of South Florida, Biomedical Engineering, Biotech Event, Biotechnology trade show, Biotechnology Vendor Fair, April 2019, new building construction, Research And Education, Health, medical research building

Five University of South Florida Faculty Honored for Inventions

Posted by Gloria Beverage on Fri, Sep 28, 2018

Five University of South Florida (USF) Professors received 2018 Excellence in Innovation Awards from the university’s chapter of the National Academy of Inventors in September. USF Research News states that the faculty were recognized for inventing and patenting new technology, creating startup companies and securing research grants and outside investment funding as well as supporting student innovators in research projects. 

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Tags: bioengineering, biomedical researh, USF, University of South Florida, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Biotech Event, Biotechnology trade show, Biotechnology Vendor Fair, virus research, April 2019, cancer research, Cancer Treatment, breast cancer research, breast cancer funding, colon cancer, biofuel research

Texas A&M: 3D Printed Bone the Future of Facial Surgery

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Currently, doctors have two options when a patient needs a facial bone replaced due to injury or illness, such as cancer. They can take a bone from another part of the body and graft it into place. However, implant morbidity and complications caused by the trauma of multiple surgeries make this option less than ideal. The second option is to graft synthetic materials to the site. However, from time of injury to delivery of the custom implant takes about three to four weeks, which reduces the chances of the patient healing properly. But now a new technology being developed by researchers at Texas A&M’s College of Dentistry may revolutionize the treatment process.  

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Tags: Texas A&M, Texas A&M Research, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Life Science Funding, biomedical researh, Biomedical Equipment, 3D printing, Biotechnology trade show, Biotechnology Vendor Fair

University of South Florida Opens Department of Medical Engineering

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Mon, Jan 09, 2017

The University of South Florida announced the creation of a Department of Medical Engineering. This trans-disciplinary department consists of physicians and engineers specializing in chemical and mechanical engineering, biomedicine and nanotechnology. It was established through the collaborative efforts of USF’s College of Engineering and USF’s Health Morsani College of Medicine. The goal is to combine related aspects of engineering and medicine while providing access to real-world health care environments for education and research.

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Tags: bioengineering, biomedical researh, USF, University of South Florida, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Biotech Event, Biotechnology trade show, Biotechnology Vendor Fair

UCLA: One Step Closer to the Cause of Autism

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Mon, Sep 19, 2016

Over the last 40 years incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have increased tenfold. Until recently, the cause of autism was a complete mystery. Now a major discovery at UCLA has just brought researchers one step closer to unlocking the mystery of ASD.

The UCLA study found distinctive changes in the levels of tiny regulator molecules known as microRNAs in the brains of people with ASD. These microRNAs control the activities of large gene networks. This finding helps explain why so many genes are abnormal in autism disorders. It could also lead to targeted treatments or preventative measures someday.

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Tags: UCLA, University of California Los Angeles, autism research, mircoRNA, biomedical researh, Biotech Event, Dr. Daniel Geschwind

Researchers at Columbia University Find Ways to Reduce Damage Done by Strokes

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Fri, Sep 02, 2016

 Researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) may have found a way to reduce brain damage caused by a stroke or stroke-like event.  In a study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 10-day-old mice that had an hypoxic (lack of oxygen) or ischemic (lack of blood) brain injury were treated with a fat emulsion containing either DHA or EPA—omega-3 fatty acids. The researchers evaluated the mice’s neurological function 24 hours and 8 to 9 weeks after the brain injury. They discovered that the mice treated with the DHA omega-3 fatty acids had a significant reduction in brain injury. This did not hold true for those treated with EPA-omega 3. The DHA group also had significantly better results in multiple brain functions during the 8 and 9 weeks evaluation compared to the EPA-treated mice and the control group which went untreated.

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Tags: Columbia University, Columbia University Medical Center, stroke, stroke research, biomedical researh, DHA omega-3 fatty acids, BioResearch Trade Show, Columbia, NY, New York, New York City

UAB Researchers Make Breakthroughs in Parkinson's Treatments

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Wed, Aug 03, 2016

Parkinson’s is a degenerative condition that affects over one million Americans  - even greater than the number of those suffering from multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig's disease combined.  There is no cure, but this month researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham made two important breakthroughs for treating the disease.  One group of researchers has discovered the cause of the negative side-effects of L-DOPA and a potential way to counter-act it.  Another group of researchers have “discovered an interaction in neurons that contributes to Parkinson’s Disease and they have shown that drugs now under development may block the process.”   

(Image of the University of Alabama, Birmingham courtesy of Jaymay via Wikimedia Commons)

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Tags: Parkinson's Disease, Parkinson's Disease Research, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Alabama Birmingham, Dr. Standaert, Dr. Volpicelli-Daley, biomedical researh

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