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UC San Diego Receives Two, $2M Research Grants from CIRM

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Mon, Feb 20, 2017

 

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) awarded two scientists at UC San Diego $2 million each for their innovative research. The first award went to Alysson R. Muotri, PhD, professor in the UC San Diego School of Medicine departments of Pediatrics and Cellular and Molecular Medicine. The funding will support studies of new treatments for Zika. The second award went to Dan Kaufman, MD, PhD, professor of medicine in the Division of Regenerative Medicine. This funding will support the creation an “off-the-shelf immunotherapy” using NK cells to treat refractory or resistant tumors, such as ovarian cancer.

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$2.27M Research Grant to University of Georgia, Athens to Study Gene Editing

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Wed, Feb 15, 2017

The National Institute of Health (NIH) awarded the University of Georgia a $2.27 Million grant to study a powerful gene editing tool known as CRISPR-Cas. In nature, CRISPR-Cas is a defense mechanism that single-celled organisms such as bacteria use to ward off attacks from viruses and other invaders. For scientists the CISPR-Cas9 system holds a potential tool to edit precise sequences of DNA and silence the genes that predispose some people to diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders and mental illness.

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Tags: biomedical research, University of Georgia Athens, University of Georgia, DNA Research, UGA, Biotechnology Vendor Fair, Biotechnology trade show

Rockefeller Receives $25M to Turn Discoveries into Therapies

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Mon, Feb 06, 2017

Rockefeller University received a $25 million gift from the Robertson Foundation that will be used to create the Robertson Therapeutic Development Fund. This fund will be used to help turn basic research discoveries into new medical therapies by providing support for dozens of Rockefeller projects over the next five years. Research grants ranging from $10,000 to $1 million will be awarded from the fund in order to provide Rockefeller scientists with the resources they need to take exceptionally promising research initiatives through the steps that lead to breakthrough medications, new diagnostic tests or other clinical innovations.

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Two New Mass Spectrometers Make Texas A&M a Top Facility for Studying Isotopes

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Thu, Jan 19, 2017

The chancellor’s office of Texas A&M University (TAMU) recently funded a $5 million initiative to support mass spectrometry research. As part of this initiative a $1 million grant from the Texas A&M University Research Development Fund will be used to develop a shared mass spectrometry core facility and buy two new mass spectrometers for the College Station campus. One will be a gas chromatography combustion/pyrolysis isotope ratio mass spectrometer and the other will be a high resolution isotope ratio mass spectrometer for clumped isotopes.

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Texas Medical Center Pioneers New Brain Cancer Treatment

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Researchers at Texas Medical Center’s (TCM) Houston Methodist Hospital have invented a way to overcome chemotherapy drug resistance and destroy the deadliest type of brain tumors without destroying the surrounding tissue. This targeted approach combines a “smart drug” with chemotherapy. In animal models of human brain cancer, this smart drug prolonged life by over six fold.

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Tags: cancer research, Texas Medical Center, Cancer, tmc, Biotechnology Vendor Fair, cancer therapy, Bioresearch Grant, Biotechnology trade show

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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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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WU Research: $34M to Build Better Maps of the Brain

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Fri, Dec 09, 2016

Despite recent advances in neuroimaging, the medical community still lacks a comprehensive map of the brain and how it changes with age. Such maps would make it possible for doctors to distinguish between what is normal aging and what is atypical, which would make it possible to link atypical changes to neurological diseases and various mental health issues. Thanks to a $34 million NIH grant, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis will lead a project to make such maps of the brain a reality.

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Texas Medical Center Researchers Closer to Cause of Huntington's

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Wed, Nov 30, 2016

Researchers at Texas Medical Center’s Rice University recently discovered that Huntington’s Disease might be triggered by a repeating nucleotide sequence in the gene for a mutant protein. The research team conducted this study by analyzing proteins that were suspected to misfold and form plaques in the brains of patients with neurological diseases.

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UGA Research: $1.3M Grant to Discover How Aberrant RNA Causes Disease

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Mon, Nov 28, 2016

The University of Georgia, Athens has been awarded a four-year $1.3 million research grant from the National Institute of Health to create a method of analyzing the large amount of biological data generated by current biotechnology. The funding will be used to develop better statistical tools for crunching big data numbers in order to clarify the causes of several serious illnesses including cancer and heart disease. 

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