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Stony Brook Awarded $6 M NIH Research Grant for New Anti-fungal Treatment

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Fri, Jul 01, 2016

(Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Anti-fungal research at New York's Stony Brook University earned $6 million in grants from the National Institute of Health.  Dr. Maurizio del Poeta’s breakthrough in attacking deadly fungus came from a recent research project that yielded an unexpected result that might lead to a vaccine.  He and his team were searching for a gene that would metabolize a fungal sphingolipid.  Instead, the gene he mutated caused mice that were exposed to it to become resistant to fungal infections.  In an article on the Stony Brook University’s news site, Dr. Poeta said , “We think that this discovery will open the road to a new vaccination strategy against fungi.”

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Columbia University Researchers Identify Neurodevelopmental Syndrome

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, May 31, 2016

Neuroscience and genetics are two important topics life scientists are consistently studying. Researchers from UC Davis found a promising treatment for Huntington's Disease, while UC San Francisco was awarded $185 million to build a new neuroscience research institute. Recently on the East Coast, a team of researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center discovered a new neurodevelopmental syndrome as well as the genetic makeup of the mutations that cause the syndrome. (Image courtesy of Allen Ajifo via Wikimedia Commons)

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Rutgers Scientists Find Link Between Antioxidant and Common Diseases

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Apr 25, 2016

Liver disease and heart disease are two common ailments Americans suffer from. One in ten Americans suffers from liver disease, and heart disease is the leading cause of death in the country. The prominence of these diseases makes them common topics for life science research. Researchers from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey recently found a connection between an antioxidant and liver and heart disease.  

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Harvard and Merck Partner for $20M Cancer Therapeutics Research

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Apr 18, 2016

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is the most common form of leukemia affecting the blood and bone marrow, and has been responsible for 1.8% of cancer deaths in 2016. Because it is so prevalent, many research teams around the world study this disease in search of new treatment methods. One of these research teams, from Harvard University, has joined up with the pharmaceutical company Merck in a $20 million collaboration to develop new therapeutics for leukemia.

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Thomas Jefferson Researchers Uncover Link Between Lung Cancer and Conserved Gene

Posted by Laura Braden on Wed, Mar 30, 2016

Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancers and is responsible for the most cancer deaths each year. Due to its prevalence, lung cancer is a point of study for many researchers around the world. Just this year, researchers from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia have discovered that the gene Nitrilase 1 (Nit1) plays a large role in the proliferation of cancer cells. 

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Columbia University Increases Microbiome Research Potential

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Mar 29, 2016

The human microbiome is a complex system of bacteria that live and interact in different tissues and organs throughout the body. This complex system is a growing area of focus for life science researchers looking to learn more about these interactions and functions. In order to help its researchers in this rapidly expanding field, Columbia University in New York has established both a working group and a new core facility to help increase research potential of the microbiome.

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Philadelphia Researchers Identify Why Type 2 Diabetics Resist Insulin

Posted by Laura Braden on Fri, Mar 18, 2016

Type 2 Diabetes , the most common form of Diabetes, affects nearly twenty-nine million Americans. Sufferers' bodies resist any insulin being produced, causing blood glucose levels to rise above normal. This condition is associated not only with hyperglycemia, but also with excess fat in skeletal muscles, although the actual cause of insulin resistance has not previously been known.
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UPenn Opens Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Mar 08, 2016

The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia is one of the top research institutions in the world and is continuously expanding its research potential. Last year, the university opened a new Prematurity Research Center with the support of a $10 million donation from the March of Dimes Foundation of Philadelphia. Earlier this year, the university teamed up with the pharmaceutical company Novartis to open a new center on campus dedicated to cancer research, called the Novartis-Penn Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics (CACT)

The Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics, which is located on the University of Pennsylvania Medical Campus, is a $27 million project that will provide new laboratory and clinical space for physicians and scientists working to develop personalized cellular therapies for cancer treatments.

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Baltimore Researchers Identify Dangerous E. coli Strains

Posted by Laura Braden on Wed, Mar 02, 2016

Escherichia coli, most commonly referred to as E. coli, is a common form of bacteria found in the environment, foods, and the intestinal tracts of animals. E. coli is very diverse, with some strains being harmless while others can cause a wide range of illnesses, including urinary tract infections, diarrhea, and pneumonia. With hundreds of thousands of deaths caused by E. coli each year, scientists have been diligently working to better understand this bacteria. 

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$1.7M Awarded to Pittsburgh Researcher to Study Causes of Alzheimer's

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Feb 23, 2016

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