Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center recently received an $11 million life science research grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. The organization within the NIH providing this latest round of life science funding is the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Project leader Dr. Margaret Juliana McElrath is a professor of medicine at the University of Washington. Her research lab studies are focused on identifying and characterizing cellular immune responses that may help protect patients against HIV infection or disease.
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Professor of Pathology, John H. Weis, at the University of Utah School of Medicine analyzed the DNA of 140 patients with Kawasaki disease to discover that those with the genetic variation in the IFITM3 gene were significantly more likely to develop coronary artery lesions or enlargement. This discovery has significant implications on the understanding of Kawasaki disease and highly contributes to the global health improvement.
Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have recently demonstrated that lacking one copy of a gene called CTCF causes mice to develop cancer. CTCF is a DNA binding protein that exerts a major influence on the architecture of the human genome. It has been well studied but never linked to cancer.
Researchers at the University of Arizona recently received $1.2 million in NIH life science funding for a project titled “Selenium Colorectal Cancer Chemoprevention Agents.” The project start date is listed as August 1st, 2013. The NIH RePORTER goes into more detail about what the researchers are working to accomplish:
Each year, Biotechnology Calendar, Inc. hosts over 55 BioResearch Product Faire™ events and 4 Biotechnology Vendor Showcase™ events all across the US. Of these shows, we have three BioResearch Product Faire™ Events in the state of Oregon: on the campuses of the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and the Oregon Health and Science University.
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On May 2nd, 2013, a very important addition to the WSU Pullman campus was dedicated. The Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building (VMRB) is now the seventh connected building in the WSU Research and Educational Complex. This new building will foster research relating specifically to biomedical questions revolving around human and animal health.
This development has been under construction since August 2010 and is the most newly added member to the Research and Educational Complex on the WSU Pullman campus. This $96 million dollar investment by WSU will focus on many health issues including:
- Heart health: How, by uncovering the biophysical mechanisms of cardiac muscle contraction, new discoveries into cardiac function and disease can be revealed.
- Emotional health: How understanding the basis of emotions of companion and production animals can improve the lives of people with affective disorders.
- Sleep and circadian rhythms: How rhythms, dysrhythms, and circadian biology affect animal biology and can improve and inhibit daily functions in animals and people.
- Neurological diseases: How neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, can be treated more effectively by discovering the underlying causes and subsequently creating treatments to repair the loss of functionality.
- Obesity and Diabetes: How obesity and diabetes can be prevented by studying and understanding the relationship between the consumption of food and how energy is consequently regulated into the body.
- Drug addiction: How the biological actions of commonly abused drugs can be used to reverse the destrctive nature of addiction and help prevent the relapses of drug users.
This research facility is operating east of the Martin Stadium entrance and south of the Beasley Coliseum parking lot. This building boasts 77,250 net square feet (128,000 gross square feet) of state-of-the-art space, highly suitable for biomedical research, health science teaching, and research programs. Also included in this structure is a vivarium (an indoor facility for safely housing animals and plants in their natural environments for humane scientific observation), which will allow for gene targeting of the animals and provide necessary quarantined space to guarantee uncontaminated research. These labs and offices were specifically designed with the Veterinary Medicine Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience in mind.
On the subject of this exciting new development, WSU regent Scott Carson remarks, “This building is the beginning. It’s our opportunity to compete for those wonderful young people that will be coming here in the future - the researchers that will do wonderful work because of the collaborative environment that this represents.”
Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is one of the top leaders in research benefiting to animal and human health and well being. In fact, solely during the 2006 fiscal year, the research faculty placed the CVM well into the top tier of all veterinary schools by working with over $12.5 million in competitively funded research.
Some of these specialized areas are:
*Food & water-borne diseases
*Cardiovascular medicine & physiology
*Immunology and infectious diseases
*Microbial genomics and proteomics
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A new study by science researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that a number of lifestyle changes may be able to reduce the risk of or manage esophageal cancer. People who don’t smoke, keep their weight down, get regular exercise, eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, don’t eat four hours before they go to sleep, and avoid foods and beverages that give you heartburn (including caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, peppermint, onions, green peppers and foods that are high in fat) have a greatly reduced risk of getting esophageal cancer. Another Fred Hutchinson study found that cholesterol-reducing drugs are also associated with reduced risk.
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When taking into account a new grant to Oregon Health and Science University and recent NIH and NSF research funding, Oregon Health and Science University is a great market for lab suppliers marketing life science solutions and hoping to generate laboratory sales leads. Oregon Health and Science University was recently awarded $50 thousand in research funding by the National Psoriasis Foundation.
Lab suppliers marketing university lab equipment and life science solutions in the northwest United States may be interested in the latest funding news at the University of Oregon, where professor of biology Janis Weeks has received a research grant from Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Mycology is the branch of biology devoted to the study of fungi (mushrooms), which, we're increasingly learning, are truly astonishing in what they can do. With the support of a grant from the EPA, a team of Washington State University scientists is developing a mycofiltration system to purify storm water of bacteria before it re-enters the urban water supply. Professor Marc Beutel is an environmental engineer who has joined forces with renowned mycologist Paul Stamets of Fungi Perfecti, a research laboratory and retail company also in Washington State. Together they have completed the first phase of a study titled Mycofiltration Biotechnology for Pathogen Management, wherein they have successfully used fungi to create a "living net" to filter effluent bacteria. The project was funded by an EPA Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) award.
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