Glycans, also known as complex carbohydrates, are essential macromolecules involved in nearly all phsyiological and pathological processes. They cover every living cell in the human body and perform a wide variety of tasks including cellular communication, growth, the spread of many diseases, and are necessary for the organisim's survival. However, there are still many glycans with unknown functions due to a lack of research. With the help of a recently awarded grant from the National Institutes of Health to the University of Georgia Athens, there will soon be more research into the roles of complex carbohydrates.Read More
Science Market Update
Lab suppliers interested in learning about the laboratory sales market in Georgia may be interested to know that the University of Georgia, Athens recently received $2.9 million in life science research funding from the NIH this year for researchers to study stem cell and induced pluripotent stem cells. According to the NIH RePORTER, the project leader is Dr. Michael Pierce. The project abstract provides more information about what the life science funding will be spent studying:
Science researchers at the University of Georgia, the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta and the Georgia Regents University have discovered a direct relationship between Alzheimer’s disease symptoms and two specific antibodies. The discovery may lead to a much-anticipated diagnostic blood test for the disease. The research team published their findings in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences and found that as two specific proteins’ concentration increases, dementia also increases.
The Department of Energy recently gave the University of Georgia, Athens a $3 million grant to conduct bioenergy research. The government has pledged $25 million over the next five years to researchers trying to make biofuel more economically efficient. At $3 million, the University of Georgia, Athens is receiving more than any other university.
The board of directors at the Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) held a board meeting in March at which they approved $292,500 in research funding for the 2013-2014 research budget year. According to Southeast Farm Press, the projects approved have been submitted primarily from the University of Georgia and the USDA Agricultural Research Service. Peanut growers in Georgia spend $2 per ton of peanuts annually towards GPC research, promotion and education. Research makes up 22 percent of the commission’s available funding.
The Emory/Georgia Tech Regenerative Engineering and Medicine Center has awarded $630,000 in the form of 11 seed grants targeted towards new research in regenerative medicine. The grant-funded research attends to the issue of how the body (including bone, muscle, nerves, blood vessels and tissues) can take advantage of its own potential to heal or regenerate after disease or trauma.
The University of Georgia’s Health Sciences Campus (GHSU) recently opened for its first year on August 6th. The new campus will house two principal occupants: the College of Public Health and the GHSU/UGA Medical Partnership. According to the Athens Patch, land for the campus came from the U.S. Navy Supply Corps School, which closed in 2005 and was purchased by UGA in 2007.