Science Market Update

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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Tags: UW, Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin Madison, UWisc, UW Madison, Biotechnology Vendor Fair, Madison, BioResearch Fair, Bioreseach, 2016, wisconsin science trade fair, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Botox, botulinum

Research Grant to UMass to Help Uncover How the Brain Works

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Thu, Jun 02, 2016

(Image of brain by functional MRI via Wikimedia Commons)

Cognitive neurologist, Rosie Cowell of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst received a nearly $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The funding will be used to develop and test her theory of how fine-grained visual perception interacts with the area of the brain critical to memory.

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Tags: University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts, Bioresearch event, brain research, MA, research grant, Amherst, UMASS, Bioreseach, 2016, fMRI, Rosie Cowell

3D Printed Liver Tissue Leads to $30M NIH Bioresearch Grant for UCSD

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Wed, Feb 24, 2016

A team of nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego is creating 3D bio-printed liver tissue. This exciting new technology could change the game for researchers developing new medications.

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Tags: UCSD research, UCSD, UC San Diego, research grant, Bioreseach, 3D printing, Dr. Shaochen Chen,, Dr. Shu Chien

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

USC Receives $300k for Stem Cell Fellowships

Posted by Robert Larkin on Wed, Feb 25, 2015

Young scientists often contribute in spectacular ways to bioresearch. Without adequate funding, however, many important and dedicated junior scientists are limited in how they are able to contribute to scientific understanding.

Paying for lab equipment, salaries, and adequate research resources can all be limiting factors for some scientists, but perhaps not for junior post doctoral fellows working on stem cell research at the University of Southern California.

Thanks to a recent gift from the Hearst Foundations to USC in the amount of $300,000, exceptional junior postdoctoral fellows can continue to pursue stem cell research and work on important projects at USC.

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Tags: CA, University of Southern California, Stem cell research, California, USC, 2015, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Research Funding, Life Science, post doc, Bioreseach

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