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WashU Receives $10M for Research on Immune-Based Therapies

Posted by Emily Olson on Wed, Nov 02, 2016

The $10 million gift from Andrew M. and Jane M. Bursky will advance cutting-edge research at the newly named Andrew M. and Jane M. Bursky Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs. Research at the center focuses on harnessing the immune system to fight cancer, infectious diseases, and autoimmune disorders.

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Tags: Washington University, Missouri, Washington University in St. Louis, new research funding, cancer research, infectious diseases, Immune System, MO, Midwest Region, immune system research, Washington Univsersity St. Louis, cancer therapy

MU Receives $3M for Hepatitis B Treatment Research

Posted by Emily Olson on Mon, Oct 10, 2016

Dr. Stefan Sarafianos, a professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Missouri, was recently awarded a research grant of $3 million from the National Institutes of Health to develop new drugs to treat Hepatitis B (HBV).

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Tags: Missouri, University of Missouri, Drug Development, MO, NIH award, Midwest Region, MU, Hepatitis B, University of Missouri, Columbia

$13M Grant for Ebola Virus Research at Washington University

Posted by Emily Olson on Wed, Sep 21, 2016

A team of researchers led by Gaya Amarasinghe, associate professor of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine, was recently awarded a $13 million NIH grant to study the replication process of the Ebola virus. 

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Tags: Washington University St. Louis, Research Funding, MO, NIH grant, Midwest Region, ebola

Increasing Efficiency By Killing Lazy Cells at Washington University

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Mar 24, 2016

Chemical bioengineers find and create bacteria for several different purposes, such as eating chlorine and consuming toxic byproducts of biodiesel plants. A closer look at these bacterial communities undertaken in a study at Washington University in St. Louis shows that there is actually a division of labor between bacterial workers and layabouts.

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Tags: WashU, BioResearch Product Faire Event, MO, St Louis, Washington Univsersity St. Louis, 2016

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

WUSTL Chemist Introduces Targeted Antibiotic In Response to Iraqi Superbug

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Jan 28, 2016

For years, we’ve been discussing reasons not to use antibiotics and have seen the development of new alternatives, such as spray-on antibodies and internal bacterial combustion. Despite this, antibiotics continue to be widely used today. Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis theorize that antibiotics are here to stay, but perhaps it is the definition of antibiotics that needs to be changed.

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Tags: Washington University St. Louis, WashU, BioResearch Product Faire Event, MO, St Louis, 2016

$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

Growing Fatter Tomatoes at Washington University

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Dec 03, 2015

There are many solutions to the challenge of producing food for an ever-growing human population. One approach is to simply produce more food; we have seen successes on this front from research teams at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Another approach, proposed by biologists at Washington University, St. Louis, attempts to increase quality over quantity, increasing nutrient content in existing crops.

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Tags: Washington University in St. Louis, 2015, BioResearch Product Faire Event, MO, St Louis, UWash

WUSTL Team Unlocks Immune Potential

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Oct 22, 2015

Our immune system is our best defense against sickness on a day-to-day basis, and bioresearchers have been trying to ramp it up to handle bigger threats for some time now. A research lab from MSU found that fish oil can significantly boost immune activity, and a UCSF team discovered genetic “enhancers” that help prevent autoimmune diseases. At the Washington University in St. Louis, scientists are finding that our immune system has the potential to be much stronger and are discovering how to tap into that potential.

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Tags: Washington University St. Louis, WashU, 2015, BioResearch Product Faire Event, MO, St Louis

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