Science Market Update

Thomas Jefferson Receives $3M for Research on Medicinal Cannabis

Posted by Emily Olson on Mon, Dec 12, 2016

A $3 million philanthropic gift was recently given to The Institute of Emerging Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University. The new funding will support its Center for Medical Cannabis Education and Research, where researchers will study the therapeutic potential of a wide range of cannabinoids. Thomas Jefferson is the first major health sciences university in the nation to establish such a center.

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Tags: Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, new research funding, Northeast Region, New research center, TJU

UPenn: $24 Million Award to Create New Mechanobiology Research Center

Posted by Greg Paul on Wed, Nov 16, 2016

In late September the National Science Foundation awarded the University of Pennsylvania a five-year grant of $24 million to create a Mechanobiology Center, as posted on the university website.  This grant is in coincidence with three other large grants to fund establishing four Science and Technology Centers (STC) totaling $94 Million; the other three STC’s being the Center for Bright Beams at Cornell University, the Center for Cellular Construction at UC San Francisco, and the Center on Real-Time Functional Imaging at UC Boulder.

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Tags: Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania, UPenn, Philadelphia, new funding, New research center, 2017

Pitt Biomedical News: Military Medicine Research Center + VA Research Expansion

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Thu, Apr 14, 2016

(Original article from 2012 by Jaimee Saliba. Updated information added by Katey Rein.)

The University of Pittsburgh has strong ties with the Pittsburgh Veteran's Administration Medical Center located next door, and in the past few years those relations have been strengthened with the establishment of the UP School of Medicine Center for Military Medicine Research as well as a new research facility at the VA's University Drive campus.

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Tags: University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, VA, Stem cell research, New research facilities, UPITT, 2012, Neuroscience, BioResearch Product Faire Event, PA, Pittsburgh, vet research

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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Tags: Pennsylvania, Northeast, Thomas Jefferson University, cancer research, Philadelphia, PA, ThomJeff, 2016, BioResearch Product Faire, Nitrilase 1, lung cancer, Nit1

$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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Tags: University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Northeast, UPITT, Alzheimer's Research, PA, new funding, 2016, BioResearch Product Faire, amyloid-beta proteins

Pitt Researchers Associate Air Pollution with Autism Risk

Posted by Robert Larkin on Fri, Jun 12, 2015

Researchers at University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health report that they have associated exposure to air pollution from pregnancy through age 2 to an increased risk of childhood autism.

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Tags: University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, UPITT, Autism, 2015, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Pittsburgh

UPitt Researchers Study Broccoli for Cancer Prevention

Posted by Robert Larkin on Wed, May 20, 2015

Apparently kids aren’t the only ones who should be eating their broccoli. According to recent research by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, broccoli sprout extract may hold the key to preventing oral cancer and a variety of other head and neck cancers.

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Tags: Pennsylvania, cancer research, UPITT, 2015, BioResearch Product Faire Event, PA, Pittsburgh

UPenn Study Reveals New Contributor to Colon Cancer

Posted by Robert Larkin on Wed, Apr 15, 2015

According to a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, one specific contributor to colon cancer may be a protein called MSI2.

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Tags: Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania, UPenn, cancer research, 2015, Philadelphia, BioResearch Product Faire Event, PA

TJU Researchers Team Up with NIH on $9.8M MRSA Collaboration

Posted by Robert Larkin on Mon, Apr 13, 2015

Imagine finally getting a knee replacement after dealing with years of crippling pain, only to develop a staph, or MRSA, infection at the surgery site. Not only is the pain still present, perhaps even worse, but rest of the body’s health is now at risk as well.

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Tags: Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, 2015, Philadelphia, BioResearch Product Faire Event, PA, NIH funding, NIH grants, ThomJeff

UPenn Researchers Study Cellular Therapy for Brain Cancer

Posted by Robert Larkin on Fri, Mar 13, 2015

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research have discovered a potential new method for treating brain cancer using specially engineered immune cells.

According to a university press release, personalized immune cells were engineered by UPenn scientists in order to seek out and attack a type of deadly brain cancer, and were found to be both safe and effective at controlling tumor growth in mice that were treated with these modified cells.

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Tags: Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania, UPenn, cancer research, brain research, 2015, Philadelphia, BioResearch Product Faire Event, PA, NIH funding

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