With cannabis becoming more accepted and legal in different parts of the United States, research institutions around the country are obtaining funding to conduct research into cannabis for medical use. Institutions like the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Illinois, Chicago have recently received funding to support this type of research. Colorado, one of the states that has legalized cannabis, has been working on obtaining funding for researchers to study the use of this drug. In 2014, researchers across the state were waiting to receive funding for 8 medical marijuana studies. More recently, researchers at the University of Colorado received $5.5 million to research the heath effects of medical marijuana. (Image courtesy of Dinesh Valke via Wikimedia Commons)Read More
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Nearly everyone in the world knows someone who has cataracts or will get cataracts themselves sometime in life. Cataracts, the most common cause of vision impairment, cloud the lens inside the eye and make it difficult to see. Although surgery can be performed to replace the clouded lens in the eye, it is both costly and challenging for surgeons to perform. (Image of eye by 8thstar via Wikimedia Commons).Read More
Every year, the National Institutes of Health gives out the NIH Director's Pioneer Award to deserving researchers working on biomedical and behavioral research projects with innovative approaches to challenging problems. In 2014, 10 awards were given out to researchers at different institutions around the country.Read More
This month the University of Colorado’s research budget was expanded by a $10 million grant from the NIH. This five-year grant will enable the university to continue its partnership with Duke University in the development of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC).
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Officials at the University of Colorado have released a statement that they are considering constructing a new life science complex for the Boulder campus, more specifically a 1 million-square-foot building devoted to expanding the research capabilities of this state-of-the-art university.
No one escapes being affected by cancer. We all know someone, perhaps even a family member who has been diagnosed with cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2012. In fact, it is estimated that each person has a 41% chance of developing cancer during his or her lifetime. But new discoveries by researchers have started to change the outcome of a cancer diagnosis. In a recently published article in Nature, two researchers at CU boulder have found a possible solution hiding at the ends of our DNA. According to Professor Cech, "This is an exciting scientific discovery that gives us a new way of looking at the problem of cancer.” The researchers, Tom Cech and Leslie Leinwand, found the solution by studying how telomerase functions in our cells. In normal people, telomerase helps us keep our cells healthy and young.
A research team composed of researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Yale University recently released a public demonstration of their Map of Life, a database that stores the geographic locations of the world's species. The demonstration version contains about 25,000 different species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish to date, but the goal is to have a complete record for every living organism on Earth.
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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The Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building on the East Campus of the University of Colorado Boulder is already welcoming researchers to their new labs and offices, and on April 26 there will be an official dedication ceremony for the 330,000sf innovative life science facility. While the university is still waiting for state funding to construct a fifth wing for teaching space, the current building is scheduled to be fully occupied by June. As we reported in a widely-read earlier blog on this much-anticipated research complex, one of the key tenants will be the Biofrontiers Institute, formerly the CIMB. Joining them are the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Division of Biochemistry.
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