Science Market Update

Dirty Secrets about Hand Soap

Posted by David Larsen on Mon, Jan 12, 2015

The American Society for Microbiology released a study that showed some interesting results about whether or not people are actually washing their hands. Here are some results of the findings. 

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Tags: CA, Microbiology, California, 2015, Chemicals, UCDMC, BioResearch Product Faire Event

Sugary Drinks may Cost you More Than You Think

Posted by David Larsen on Mon, Jan 05, 2015

Sugar-sweetened soda consumption might promote disease independently from its role in obesity, according to UC San Francisco researchers who found in a new study that drinking sugary drinks was associated with cell aging.

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Tags: California, 2015, San Diego, UCDMC, San Francisco, UCSD, UC San Diego, UCSF, Sacramento, UC San Francisco, UC Davis - Medical Center, Northern California BioResearch, San Francisco at Mission Bay, San Francisco Bay Area

Have Some Healthy Fats This Holiday Season

Posted by David Larsen on Mon, Dec 15, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have found that diets rich in whole walnuts or walnut oil, slowed prostate cancer growth in mice. In addition, both walnuts and walnut oil reduced cholesterol and increased insulin sensitivity (when you have high insulin sensitivity, you are able to eat carbohydrates without such a large rise in insulin. When insulin is kept low enough, fatty acids can still be released). The walnut diet also reduced levels of the hormone IGF-1, which had been previously implicated in both prostate and breast cancer. The study was published online in the Journal of Medicinal Food.

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Tags: Biotechnology Calendar, California, 2015, UCDMC, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Sacramento

With $3.2M NIH Bioresearch Grant, UC Davis Researchers Unravel Fragile X

Posted by David Larsen on Tue, Nov 25, 2014

Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome.
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Tags: California, NIH funded Research Projects, 2015, UCDMC, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Northern California BioResearch, UCD

UC Davis Bioresearchers Illuminate Neurons With Tarantula Toxin

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Oct 30, 2014

There are many times when putting tarantula toxin into human cells seems like a very bad idea. At the University of California, Davis, however, it is a breakthrough idea that allows for closer examination of the electrical activity in cells, especially neurons. This opens up the field of brain study and also lends insights into conditions like muscle defects, cardiac arrhythmias, and epilepsy.

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Tags: CA, University of California Davis, 2015, UCDMC

UC Davis MIND Institute Receives $6.5 Million and Elite IDDRC Status

Posted by Emily Olson on Mon, May 05, 2014

This prestigious designation makes the MIND Institute one of only fifteen Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers in the country. Transition into this program is made possible by a five-year $6.5 million NIH grant and gives the institute critical new resources that will accelerate its progress in neurodevelopment research.

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Tags: University of California Davis Medical Center, Bioinformatics, neurodevelopmental disorders, assays, molecular biology imaging, biological analysis, immunoassays, environmental contaminants, Autism, UCDMC, Funding, Research, NIH, UC Davis, UCD, grant, drug evaluation, developmental disabilities

NIH Gives $3M in UC Davis Life Science Funding

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Tue, Dec 03, 2013

Researchers at the University of California, Davis Cancer Center recently received $3 million in UC Davis life science funding from the National Cancer Institute, a part of the NIH. The project leader, Dr. De Vere White,  targets his research to focus on prostate and bladder cancers. In addition Dr. De Vere has received continual NCI funding for this research since 1985.

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Tags: 2014, CA, 2013, University of California Davis, Southwest, California, UCDMC, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Sacramento, NIH funding, NIH grant, NIH award, UC Davis

$5.3M in New NIH Funding for UCLA and UCD Autism Research Centers

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Fri, Apr 05, 2013

The NIH has just announced $5.3M in two new awards through the Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) program to support autism research studies led by two University of California investigative teams, at UCLA and the UC Davis Medical Center MIND Institute. ACE funding is earmarked for large, multi-disciplinary studies into the origins of autism spectrum neurological disorders and avenues for their treatment. In the case of the two latest awardees, one is a clinical behavioral study and one is a study of genetic variants. The $5.3M is initial one-year funding, with extensions of up to five years. The ACE program includes both centers and networks. Centers are made up of multiple investigators at one site working together on a specific research problem; networks include investigative teams from different sites engaged in a focused study. Both UCLA and UC Davis are ACE centers and will lead the current research projects, though in collaboration with colleagues at other research institutions, namely Harvard, UW, Vanderbilt, Emory, Johns Hopkins, and Yale. As with all ACE research, data and findings are collected centrally by the NIH to maximize their availability to the larger research community.

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Tags: 2014, CA, 2013, Southwest, Los Angeles, Autism, LAVS, UCDMC, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Funding, UCLA, Genetics, Research, Sacramento, Davis, NIH funding, UC Los Angeles, UC Davis, Biotechnology Vendor Showcase Event

Huge Leap Forward in Genome Sequencing Research Capabilities at UC Davis

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Thu, Jan 03, 2013

An historic collaboration between the University of California Davis and China's BGI, the world’s largest genomics organization, has dramatically increased the University's genome sequencing capabilities and promises to open up altogether new research opportunities in the life sciences community with genomic studies of plants, animals, humans and microbes. The new joint endeavor is called BGI@UC Davis and will benefit both UCD and China's first citizen-managed, non-profit research institution. 

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Tags: 2014, University of California Davis Medical Center, 2013, University of California Davis, New research facilities, Southwest, California, University of California, UCDMC, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Genomics, genomics research, Sacramento, Davis, Sacramento Campus, UCD

Boulder Biofrontiers Scientist Joins $8.3M Research Study of Malnutrition and the Gut

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Fri, May 18, 2012

We're finding out that there's a lot more to malnutrition among infants and children than just not getting enough to eat, or enough high-quality food. Individuals may develop malnutrition as a result of what is or isn't growing in their gut, where food gets processed. It's a fascinating insight with significant implications for treating a deadly world problem. In addition to getting sufficient good food, malnutrition could be addressed with novel dietary and microbial therapeutics, effectively optimizing a person's ability to draw nutrients and calories from the food and drink they take in, as well as making sure the immune system is being supported rather than compromised in the process.

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Tags: CA, Bioscience research, Midwest, Washington University, WashU, University of Colorado, microbiome, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Northwest, Biofrontiers Institute, Southwest, UCDMC, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Funding, Genomics, CO, St Louis, Sacramento, Boulder, UCO, UC Davis

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