Texas A&M researchers recently received $1.8 million in life science research funding from the NIH. The project receiving funding, titled “Structure-Based Discovery of Critical Vulnerabilities of Microbacteria,” will be led by James Sacchettini, PhD. According to Texas A&M University, Dr. Sacchettini is a professor of biochemistry, chemistry and biophysics. His research interests are using X-ray crystallography to better understand the relationship between proteins and ligands. The NIH RePORTER provides more insight intothe project receiving life science research funding this year:
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Lab suppliers interested in increasing lab sales leads and marketing university lab equipment may be interested in the latest research grants for graduate students at Texas A&M University. The Texas Sea Grant College Program at Texas A&M University is giving $30,000 in funding to 21 graduate students. According to the TAMU Times, the stipulations of these grants are that the research funding must be spent on research costs, including purchase of lab equipment, laboratory analysis and field work. This funding may lead to some potential lab sales leads for lab suppliers, but it also demonstrates Texas A&M University’s dedication to funding both student and professional research, making the school a research powerhouse.
The southernmost tip of the great state of Texas is known as the Rio Grande Valley (see map below), and University of Texas Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa is campaigning hard for the establishment of a South Texas School of Medicine, to be part of a new regional University of Texas research campus. UT already has two smaller campuses in the Rio Grande Valley, in Edinburg and Brownsville; mid-way between those two border cities is Harlingen, which is currently home to a Regional Academic Health Center that, under the Cigarroa plan, would become a full-fledged medical school. The new UT university campus would incorporate both the Brownsville and Edinburg college campuses, but with greater resources available to strengthen its research capacity. UT System Board of Regents voted to approve both plans last month. The next step is to convince the state legislature to give its support.
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For both dairy and beef production, cows are an important part of the US economy and food supply. When they get sick, it's bad for business (and not too pleasant for the cow). The most common illness in cattle is Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD), which accounts for losses of more than $690M annually in the US alone. To combat this threat to bovine health and productivity, the USDA has recently awarded a $9M 5-year grant to researchers at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Missouri, to study genetic selection for breeding more disease-resitant stock. A second $5M grant will go towards research into feed efficiency, again with the aim of breeding heartier, healthier, and more profitable animals.
Often growing up as a child you hear, “eat your veggies if you want to grow up to be big and strong.” With new research on triple negative breast cancer, that old saying might have to change to "eat your veggies if you want to keep cancer away". Recently, at the 2012 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting, Mandip Sachdeva announced: "We are confident that the compounds we are currently working with are an effective treatment for triple-negative breast cancer. These compounds are safer for the patient than current treatments available".
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A new science building and facility expansion are in the works at Texas A&M. On February 9th, the University System Board of Regents approved a $120 million building and facility expansion for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in College Station, Texas. The new building will house high-tech laboratories and classrooms that are expected to facilitate learning by offering a superior science research atmosphere.