Science Market Update

$29M Core Grant Awarded to Alabama for Cancer Research Center

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Wed, Jun 29, 2016

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University of Alabama at Birmingham received a $29 million grant from the National Cancer Institute. This five year core grant will support six research programs at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. The renewal of the Cancer Center Support Grant, the most prestigious federal grant that a cancer research and treatment program can earn, also extends UAB’s elite “comprehensive” designation. According to the UAB News website this designation is awarded for scientific excellence and the ability to integrate diverse research approaches in the fight against cancer.

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Understanding Radiotherapy at Mt. Sinai

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Dec 14, 2015

Fighting cancer is a battle that milions of people have had to, or are currently, waging. When surgeons are unable to remove cancerous tumors, radiation treatment (radiotherapy) is used to destroy the tumors. However, many times, radiation treatments fail to destroy the entirety of the tumor, leaving cancerous cells in the body. Researchers at the Ichan School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York have discovered why radiotherapy is not always successful.

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Minnesota Researchers Fight Cancer With Fungi

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Jan 10, 2013

While today’s advancements in biotechnology suggest that there’s nothing we can’t artificially produce, sometimes there’s just no substitute for nature’s own recipes. At least, that’s the philosophy behind the University of Minnesota’s Schmidt-Dannert Lab, whose aim is to harness compounds created in natural organisms like plants and fungi that cannot be produced by chemical means. Many of these compounds have beneficial properties that can be used in further research and drug production.

For example, take chloroplasts, the organelles that perform photosynthesis inside plant cells. They provide energy to plant cells when exposed to light. Animal cells don’t have chloroplasts, which means they’re missing out on a valuable energy source. The Schmidt-Dannert Lab, led by University of Minnesota professor Claudia Schmidt-Dannert, is working toward is creating solar-powered animal cells that are more productive and produce different sorts of organic materials.

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