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:
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A University of Arizona, Tucson researcher, Charles Raison, MD, recently received a 2013 IMHR Pilot Grant of $20,000 from the Institute for Mental Health Research to study the effects of whole body hyperthermia as an antidepressant. Dr. Raison is an associate professor of psychiatry in the College of Medicine and an associate professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, as well. His study is titled, “Antidepressant Effects of Whole Body Hyperthermia (WBH).”
Dr. Gary Michelson is a retired Los Angeles surgeon who made a lot of money ($1.35B) from a spinal surgical invention in 2005. Since then he's devoted himself and his considerable resources to philanthropy. One of his most passionate causes is reducing the rate of euthanasia for unwanted pets by promoting spaying and neutering, along with shelter adoption, training, and good vet care through the Los Angeles group Found Animals. Not content with the usual invasive practice of sterilizing pets, he also created the Michelson Prize and Grants to challenge research scientists to come up with a cheap, safe, and effective one-dose pill for cats and dogs to induce permanent infertility. The winner of the Michelson Prize in Reproductive Biology will take home $25M and the satisfaction of knowing that fewer pets will be put down because of overpopulation.
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It seems that what you don't know just might hurt you when it comes to your immune system. Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich, immunobiologist at the University of Arizona and investigator with the BIO5 Institute, has been studying the effects of cytomegalovirus (CMV) on the human immune system's ability to combat other viruses such as West Nile or the flu as we get older. His research suggests that a person infected with CMV has a diminished immune response compared to an uninfected person. The elderly in particular show a compromised immune response and even turn out to have a lower life expectancy.
When the Bio5 Institute's new building opened in 2007 north of Speedway on the University of Arizona (UA) campus in Tucson, it signalled a new period of growth and innovation that would link the UA Medical Center with interdisciplinary biomedical and life science research on the main UA campus. The Bio5 building, also known as the Thomas W Keating Bioresearch Building (and formerly named the Institute for Biomedical Sciences & Biotechnology [IBSB]) is "a high-tech laboratory facility supporting interdisciplinary molecular life sciences research."
The University of Arizona just received a multi-million dollar research funding contract from the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) to polish the mirror for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST).