In 2010, the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico blew-out, leading to the largest off-shore oil spill in the United States, known as the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, or the BP Oil Spill. 4.9 million barrels of oil are estimated to have gushed into the Gulf waters during this time, causing an immense impact on the ecosystem in the Gulf. Now, 4 years after the spill, the Gulf of Mexico is still greatly impacted and affected by the oil left in the water. Researchers at the University of Georgia, Athens recently received $18.8 million to continue their study of the impacts of this oil spill on the ecosystem.Read More
Fragile X syndrome is a neurodegenerative, genetic disease that causes intellectual, behavioral, and learning challenges. According to the CDC, it is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability and even though it affects both men and women, it occurs more commonly and more severely in men. There are many other diseases associated with Fragile X, such as autism and epilepsy. Currently, there are no cures for the syndrome, but there are treatments that can help people suffering from the disorder learn some important skills. Emory University researchers have recently received a $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue their study of Fragile X syndrome and its associated disorders.Read More
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
Emory University is undergoing a $52 million expansion project on the Sanford S. Atwood Chemistry Center. The new Emory research building expansion is largely funded by profits from an HIV-AIDS drug discovered by researchers in the building. This large amount of funding at Emory University will ensure that the space is bright, beautiful and also functional. Sunlit foyers and communal spaces will characterize the new building.
The University of Georgia, Athens will receive $44.7 million for the construction of a new UGA building, the Science Learning Center. The 122,500-square-foot facility will add 33 teaching labs to the South campus for the chemistry, biological sciences, plant biology and physics departments.
If you're a researcher in Atlanta, you have the opportunity to meet other researchers and learn about the latest life science solutions on the market by attending Biotechnology Calendar, Inc.’s Emory University life science marketing event. Our Atlanta BioResearch Product Faire™ Event will be held on February 27th, 2014. Last year, our Atlanta BioResearch Product Faire™ Event attracted 213 attendees. This year, make sure you don't miss out on our popular Emory event where hundreds of your colleagues will enjoy one another's company, a free catered lunch and door prizes.
Researchers interested in learning about new life science solutions and meeting other researchers at the University of Georgia, Athens are all invited to attend Biotechnology Calendar, Inc.’s Athens BioResearch Product Faire™ Event on February 26th, 2014. Last year’s Athens BioResearch Product Faire™ Event attracted 148 attendees, of which 29 were purchasing agents, professors and post docs, and 21 were lab managers. The life science marketing event visitors came from 22 different research buildings and 30 departments around campus.
Researchers at Emory University have discovered a way of packaging stem cells that make them much more effective in heart therapies. Using a capsule made of alginate, a gel-like substance, the researchers package the stem cells and attach them to the heart within a patch. According to Emory University, this capsule cause the stem cells’ healing to take place over time, rather than dying soon after they are introduced to the body, as they do without the capsule.
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:
Researchers at Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will soon be testing a vaccine that could protect patients against a strain of bird flu, H7N9 influenza, which caused a illness and death in China last spring. The clinical trial will be sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the NIH.