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Minnesota Research Shows Potency of Kava Against Lung Cancer

Posted by Sam Asher on Fri, Apr 08, 2016

Study Shows Chemopreventative Potential of Kava-Derived Compound

Sometimes, the most simple and elegant solution to a problem has already been known for centuries. University of Minnesota researchers have explored the medicinal capacity of an ancient plant -  Piper methysticum, c ommonly known as kava. However, concerns about kava being toxic to the liver have resulted in diminished use. Now, a recently published study has found that a specific kava derivative may have potential to combat cancer without causing any damage to liver cells.
 

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Tags: Midwest, University of Minnesota, cancer research, Minnesota, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Cancer, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Minneapolis, MN, UMinn, 2016, lung cancer

UMinn Opens New Microbiology Research Building

Posted by Laura Braden on Wed, Mar 16, 2016

Research institutions around the country are continually expanding their research capabilities by constructing new research buildings and establishing new research departments, providing researchers with the ability to make advances on pressing research questions. USC recently established a new Translational Genomics Department and UPenn has opened a new Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics.

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Tags: Midwest, University of Minnesota, Minnesota, MN, UMinn, Twin Cities, New research center, Microbiology Research Facility, 2016, BioResearch Product Faire

UIUC Scientists Understand Differences Amongst Brains

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Mar 15, 2016

When it comes to the brain, there is still so much that scientists don't know, like what causes certain diseases and how traits like memory and intelligence differ from brain to brain. Scientists in Illinois are currently making strides to understand the latter. A team of researchers from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, recently conducted a study that revealed that anatomical and cognitive factors in different brains are affected by different traits.

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Tags: Midwest, Scientists, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, Neuroscience, UIUrbana, Research, IL, 2016, BioResearch Product Faire

WUSTL Receives $60M to Research the Genetics of Common Diseases

Posted by Laura Braden on Fri, Feb 19, 2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently launched a new network of institutions - called the Centers for Common Disease Genomics (CCDG) - which will study common conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and autism to see how genetics and DNA contribute to the risk of these diseases. The McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis is one of four institutions involved in this network and will be receiving $60 million over the next four years to study genomics and common diseases.    

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Tags: Washington University St. Louis, Midwest, Missouri, WashU, heart disease, Diabetes, Autism, BioResearch Product Faire Event, MO, St Louis, NIH funding, 2016, Centers for Common Disease Genomics, stroke, CCDG

$5M Donation to Boost Cancer Research at UChicago

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Feb 15, 2016

There are numerous different types of cancers that affect people around the world. According to the National Cancer Institute, national expenditures for cancer research could exceed $156 billion by 2020, making it one of the most expensive, well-funded research topics around the world. The University of Chicago is one of the many institutions committed to cancer research, with a Comprehensive Cancer Center housing more than 210 researchers and clinicians.

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Tags: Midwest, University of Chicago, cancer research, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Chicago, IL, UChicago, 2016, Hospira Foundation

$13.7M Awarded to St. Louis Researchers to Develop Multiple Myeloma Treatments

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Jan 12, 2016

Multiple myeloma is a rare form of cancer that affects the immune system in about 0.7% of Americans. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 26,850 new cases were expected to be diagnosed in 2015, and 11,240 deaths were expected to occur. Although there are treatments available to fight this cancer, patients frequently relapse, demonstrating the need for new treatments.

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Tags: Washington University St. Louis, Midwest, WashU, St. Louis Bioresearch Product Faire Event, cancer research, Cancer Treatment, MO, St Louis, new funding, 2016, BioResearch Product Faire, Multiple Myeloma

WUSTL Opens New Regenerative Medicine Research Center

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Dec 29, 2015

Life science research institutions around the country are constantly expanding and providing more space and opportunity for researchers to conduct their work. Recently, Baylor St. Luke's at the Texas Medical Center announced the construction of a new medical campus that was underway and UGA opened a new Veterinary Research Center earlier this year. Washington University in St. Louis is also expanding research space, with a newly opened Center for Regenerative Medicine.

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Tags: Midwest, Washington University, WashU, Regenerative Medicine, MO, St Louis, New research center, 2016, BioResearch Product Faire

Cincinnati Researcher Awarded $1.8M to Further Breast Cancer Research

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Jul 28, 2015

Breast cancer is one of the most common forms cancer, with about 230,000 new cases in women and 2,300 new cases in men diagnosed each year. Many researchers around the world are dedicated to studying breast cancer, to find new treatment methods and gain better understandings of how this cancer is caused, how it grows, and how it can be stopped. Research ranges from trying to starve breast cancer tumors to studying how specific proteins are involved with the cancer. 

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Tags: Midwest, University of Cincinnati, breast cancer, 2015, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Cincinnati, OH, UCinci, MED1, HER2

UMichigan Researcher Finds Neurons Triggered by Sugar Stop Flies from Feeling Hungry

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Jul 21, 2015

When dieting or eating foods with artificial sweeteners, many people do not get the feeling of being full that they get when eating foods with real sugars. But how can we distinguish between between these two sweeteners, to feel full or not? 

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Tags: University of Michigan, Midwest, 2015, Ann Arbor, BioResearch Product Faire Event, MI, UMich, Neurons, Artificial Sweetener, Fruit Fly, Sugar

Madison Chemists Research How the Ocean Assists with Cloud Formation

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Jul 13, 2015

Clouds are formed when tiny drops of water collect around a central particle (nuclei) like dust or microbial life, but not all particles are able to absorb the necessary water to form a cloud, leaving many holes in the knowledge of cloud formation.

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Tags: Midwest, WI, University of Wisconsin Madison, UWisc, 2015, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Madison, Clouds, Ocean, Cloud formation

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