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Minnesota Researchers Fight Cancer With Fungi

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Jan 10, 2013

While today’s advancements in biotechnology suggest that there’s nothing we can’t artificially produce, sometimes there’s just no substitute for nature’s own recipes. At least, that’s the philosophy behind the University of Minnesota’s Schmidt-Dannert Lab, whose aim is to harness compounds created in natural organisms like plants and fungi that cannot be produced by chemical means. Many of these compounds have beneficial properties that can be used in further research and drug production.

For example, take chloroplasts, the organelles that perform photosynthesis inside plant cells. They provide energy to plant cells when exposed to light. Animal cells don’t have chloroplasts, which means they’re missing out on a valuable energy source. The Schmidt-Dannert Lab, led by University of Minnesota professor Claudia Schmidt-Dannert, is working toward is creating solar-powered animal cells that are more productive and produce different sorts of organic materials.

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Pancreatic Cancer Strangled by Thunder God Vine in Recent UM Research

Posted by Sam Asher (Guest) on Tue, Oct 30, 2012

An ingredient of traditional Chinese medicine is making a modern appearance in the treatment of pancreatic cancer. It’s called the Thunder God Vine, and it has been used in teas and traditional medicine for a long time. In recent years, it’s been making a name for itself in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Now, researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered Thunder God Vine’s surprising potency against pancreatic cancer.

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Tags: Midwest, University of Minnesota, Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Life Science Research Building Planned at U Minnesota Research Campus

Posted by Dylan Fitzwater on Fri, May 11, 2012

The University of Minnesota is planning  to construct a new $52 million new life science research building in the new Biomedical Discovery District Research Campus. The new facility will consolidate infectious disease and microbiology research conducted at the university into one complex.

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Tags: Midwest, University of Minnesota, New research facilities, Minnesota

New Research Grant Funding for Minnesota Neuroscience and Diabetes

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Wed, Feb 15, 2012


Thanks to a longtime Minnesota philanthropist and the State of Minnesota, neuroscience and diabetes researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic are looking at millions in research grant funding from two new programs:

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Advanced Robotics Research Funding by NSF + UMN Recon Throwbots

Posted by BCI Staff on Tue, Jul 26, 2011

When the President launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) last month, a key component was the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), which will pool the resources of multiple government agencies to support the development of robots designed to augment the work and health of human beings.  These are known as assistive systems, in contrast to the totalitarian robots of science fiction dystopias that threaten to supplant humans. 

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Translational Research Funding from NIH Extended to UCLA and UMN

Posted by BCI Staff on Fri, Jul 22, 2011

Five years ago the federal government decided that private biomedical research companies were not bringing enough new technology to patients in need, and that it would step up that process by having the NIH fund research at academic medical institutions to bridge the gap between basic science and practical treatment.  Thus the CTSA was born: the Clinical & Translational Science Awards program, a research consortium supporting the translation of science into medicine by accelerating laboratory discoveries.

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Tags: University of California Los Angeles, University of Minnesota, Translational Research, Minnesota, California, Southwest Region

Minnesota Research & UMN Building News + Popular Science Event

Posted by BCI Staff on Fri, Jun 03, 2011


Even in the tailspin of a winter and spring the Midwest won't easily forget, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis (UMN) scientists celebrate their accomplishments, students ride their bikes to shiny new green buildings on campus, and families look forward to a day in the park hunting for bugs.  It's May in the Twin Cities, and these are some of the highlights at UMN:

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Univ of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic Partner in $3.5M Medical Research

Posted by BCI Staff on Mon, Apr 11, 2011

The State of Minnesota is funding 5 medical research studies to be carried out by the Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics, a collaborative between the state's largest medical research institutions: the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) and the Mayo Clinic (Rochester). This latest round of 2-year grants totals $3.5 Million.  If successful, the 5 projects will either produce results that qualify them for futher federal or private funding, or produce intellectual property that can be marketed.

The research projects focus on:

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Tags: biomedical research, University of Minnesota, Minnesota, Mayo Clinic

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