Science Market Update

Life Science Labs at WUSTL Benefit From Funding

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Mon, Mar 06, 2017

The National Institute of Health (NIH) awarded Washington University in St. Louis over $1.4 million in grant funding to support their School of Medicine’s Diabetic Research Center. This award was administered through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases  (NIDDK) as it has been for the last 38 years. The funding will help support the Diabetic Research Center (DRC) and their life science labs. The DRC's mission is to “support and enhance research in diabetes and related metabolic diseases” through Biomedical Research Core services as well as the Pilot and Feasibility Program.

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Washington University, St. Louis Leading Drug Trial for Alzheimer's Prevention

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is leading an international team studying potential treatments to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The team recently added a third medicationin this worldwide clinical trial that is already underway. According to the WU School of Medicine news site, the latest investigational drug “is designed to lower production of amyloid beta, a protein that clumps together into plaques damaging neurons in the brain, leading to memory loss, cognitive problems and confusion.”

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WU Research: $34M to Build Better Maps of the Brain

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Fri, Dec 09, 2016

Despite recent advances in neuroimaging, the medical community still lacks a comprehensive map of the brain and how it changes with age. Such maps would make it possible for doctors to distinguish between what is normal aging and what is atypical, which would make it possible to link atypical changes to neurological diseases and various mental health issues. Thanks to a $34 million NIH grant, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis will lead a project to make such maps of the brain a reality.

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$13M Grant for Ebola Virus Research at Washington University

Posted by Emily Olson on Wed, Sep 21, 2016

A team of researchers led by Gaya Amarasinghe, associate professor of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine, was recently awarded a $13 million NIH grant to study the replication process of the Ebola virus. 

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WUSTL Receives $60M to Research the Genetics of Common Diseases

Posted by Laura Braden on Fri, Feb 19, 2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently launched a new network of institutions - called the Centers for Common Disease Genomics (CCDG) - which will study common conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and autism to see how genetics and DNA contribute to the risk of these diseases. The McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis is one of four institutions involved in this network and will be receiving $60 million over the next four years to study genomics and common diseases.    

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WUSTL Chemist Introduces Targeted Antibiotic In Response to Iraqi Superbug

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Jan 28, 2016

For years, we’ve been discussing reasons not to use antibiotics and have seen the development of new alternatives, such as spray-on antibodies and internal bacterial combustion. Despite this, antibiotics continue to be widely used today. Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis theorize that antibiotics are here to stay, but perhaps it is the definition of antibiotics that needs to be changed.

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$13.7M Awarded to St. Louis Researchers to Develop Multiple Myeloma Treatments

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Jan 12, 2016

Multiple myeloma is a rare form of cancer that affects the immune system in about 0.7% of Americans. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 26,850 new cases were expected to be diagnosed in 2015, and 11,240 deaths were expected to occur. Although there are treatments available to fight this cancer, patients frequently relapse, demonstrating the need for new treatments.

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WUSTL Team Unlocks Immune Potential

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Oct 22, 2015

Our immune system is our best defense against sickness on a day-to-day basis, and bioresearchers have been trying to ramp it up to handle bigger threats for some time now. A research lab from MSU found that fish oil can significantly boost immune activity, and a UCSF team discovered genetic “enhancers” that help prevent autoimmune diseases. At the Washington University in St. Louis, scientists are finding that our immune system has the potential to be much stronger and are discovering how to tap into that potential.

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$25 Million in New Funding Donated to Washington University Genome Institute

Posted by Laura Braden on Wed, Feb 18, 2015

As one of only three large-scale, NIH funded genome centers in the United States, the Genome Institute at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has been a large contributer to cancer research and the research of child illnesses since it was founded in 1993.

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Preventing Treatment-Induced Symptoms at WUSTL

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Sometimes treatment for some symptoms actually gives rise to other symptoms. These symptoms are called iatrogenic symptoms and reflect quite poorly on the physicians and clinics involved. As such, a focus in clinical biotechnology is to reduce iatrogenic symptoms. A study conducted by Washington University in St. Louis attempted to pinpoint the causes of iatrogenic symptoms after cancer treatment.

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