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Newswise: Donald and Nancy Ross Support SLU’s
Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship With $1 Million Gift
Released: 7-May-2021 12:50 PM EDT
Donald and Nancy Ross Support SLU’s Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship With $1 Million Gift
Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University has announced that Donald and Nancy Ross have made a $1 million gift to the University in support of the Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship and Accelerating Excellence: The Campaign for Saint Louis University.

Newswise: Breaching the Blood-Brain Barrier to Deliver Precious Payloads
Released: 7-May-2021 11:35 AM EDT
Breaching the Blood-Brain Barrier to Deliver Precious Payloads
Georgia Institute of Technology

RNA-based drugs may change the standard of care for many diseases, making personalized medicine a reality. So far these cost-effective, easy-to-manufacture drugs haven’t been very useful in treating brain tumors and other brain disease. But a team of researchers at Georgia Tech and Emory University has shown that a combination of ultrasound and RNA-loaded nanoparticles can temporarily open the protective blood-brain barrier, allowing the delivery of potent medicine to brain tumors.

Released: 6-May-2021 2:30 PM EDT
Department of Energy Announces $10 Million for Research on Quantum Information Science and Nuclear Physics
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $10 million for interdisciplinary research in Quantum Information Science (QIS) and nuclear physics.

Newswise: UA Little Rock receives $325,000 grant from National Endowment for the Humanities
Released: 6-May-2021 2:00 PM EDT
UA Little Rock receives $325,000 grant from National Endowment for the Humanities
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a $325,043 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to create a rich collection of digitized material integrated into a map-based website that tracks how urban renewal changed the City of Little Rock in the decades following the Central High School desegregation crisis.

6-May-2021 1:55 PM EDT
Discovery of a New Genetic Cause of Hearing Loss Illuminates How Inner Ear Works
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

A gene called GAS2 plays a key role in normal hearing, and its absence causes severe hearing loss, according to a study led by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Newswise: New grant-funded research could help improve therapies for sepsis
Released: 6-May-2021 1:05 PM EDT
New grant-funded research could help improve therapies for sepsis
University of Kentucky

A University of Kentucky College of Medicine professor has been awarded a $1.9 million NIH grant for his research on the body’s immune response to sepsis, which could potentially help to improve therapies for the common disease.

Newswise: Study to Examine Exosomes in Ovarian Cancer
Released: 6-May-2021 11:45 AM EDT
Study to Examine Exosomes in Ovarian Cancer
University of Kansas Cancer Center

Researchers have been awarded a $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate more effective ways to identify ovarian cancer earlier.

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Released: 6-May-2021 11:40 AM EDT
Ultra-fast 3D printing produces life-like organ models
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

The new technique is capable of printing organ models containing live cells in minutes instead of hours— a major step in the quest to create 3D-printed replacement organs.

Released: 5-May-2021 11:05 PM EDT
Machine Vision System for Almond Grading and Safety
University of South Australia

Researchers at UniSA have developed a world-first automated technique for simultaneously grading almond quality and detecting potentially serious mycotoxin contamination in kernels.

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Released: 5-May-2021 2:05 PM EDT
Rapid Rovers, Speedy Sands: Fast-Tracking Terrain Interaction Modeling
Georgia Institute of Technology

Engineers and scientists from MIT and Georgia Tech are enabling near real-time modeling of wheels, treads, and desert animals traveling at high speeds across sandy terrains. “Dynamic Resistive Force Theory,” or DRFT, provides a path to speedier granular modeling — and help in designing optimal rough terrain vehicles, like Mars and lunar rovers.

Newswise: International Study Links Brain Thinning to Psychosis
Released: 5-May-2021 11:15 AM EDT
International Study Links Brain Thinning to Psychosis
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Subtle differences in the shape of the brain that are present in adolescence are associated with the development of psychosis, according to an international team led by psychiatrists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Newswise: Anu and Satya Nadella Family Commit $15 Million to Seattle Children’s to Advance Precision Medicine Neurosciences and Mental Health Care
Released: 5-May-2021 11:05 AM EDT
Anu and Satya Nadella Family Commit $15 Million to Seattle Children’s to Advance Precision Medicine Neurosciences and Mental Health Care
Seattle Children's Hospital

Anu and Satya Nadella have committed $15 million to advance precision medicine neurosciences and youth mental health care at Seattle Children’s.

Newswise: Pitt, WashU Awarded $10.7 Million for Alzheimer’s Disease Genetic Research
Released: 5-May-2021 9:15 AM EDT
Pitt, WashU Awarded $10.7 Million for Alzheimer’s Disease Genetic Research
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Despite decades of research and investment, the genetic underpinnings of Alzheimer’s disease are still largely unknown, stymieing drug development and early diagnosis efforts. A new $10.7 million, five-year project aims to change that.

Newswise: Rare Genetic Disease Caused by Mutations in Protein that Controls RNA Metabolism
5-May-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Rare Genetic Disease Caused by Mutations in Protein that Controls RNA Metabolism
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Mutations in a protein called GEMIN5 cause developmental delay and loss of coordination in young children.

Newswise: Researchers Create Leather-Like Material From Silk Proteins
Released: 5-May-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Researchers Create Leather-Like Material From Silk Proteins
Tufts University

Engineers have created an environmentally friendly leather alternative made from silk. The material can be printed into different patterns and textures, has similar physical properties to real leather, and can withstand the folding, piercing, and stretching typically used to create leather goods.

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Released: 5-May-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Thin, Large-Area Device Converts Infrared Light Into Images
University of California San Diego

An infrared imager developed by UC San Diego engineers could be used to see through smog and fog; easily locate blood vessels on a patient; and see through silicon wafers to inspect the quality of electronic boards. It is also slim, compact and less costly to fabricate than similar technologies.

Newswise: Molecular Analysis Identifies Key Differences in Lungs of Cystic Fibrosis Patients
4-May-2021 10:05 PM EDT
Molecular Analysis Identifies Key Differences in Lungs of Cystic Fibrosis Patients
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A team of researchers from UCLA, Cedars-Sinai and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has developed a first-of-its-kind molecular catalog of cells in healthy lungs and the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis. The findings could help scientists in their search for specific cell types that represent prime targets for genetic and cell therapies for cystic fibrosis.

4-May-2021 11:00 AM EDT
New MRI Technique Can Detect Early Dysfunction of the Blood-Brain Barrier Associated With Small Vessel Disease
University of Kentucky

Collaborative research between the University of Kentucky (UK) and University of Southern California (USC) suggests that a noninvasive neuroimaging technique may index early-stage blood-brain barrier (BBB) dysfunction associated with small vessel disease (SVD).

Newswise: Cancer Researchers Study Cognitive Dysfunction after Chemo
Released: 4-May-2021 8:40 AM EDT
Cancer Researchers Study Cognitive Dysfunction after Chemo
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Following chemo, survivors suffer with memory dysfunction. The first large-scale study underway on cognitive behavioral therapy.

Released: 3-May-2021 4:25 PM EDT
Hackensack Meridian Health Donates Education Technology to Pontificia Universidad CatóLica De Puerto Rico
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health, the largest and most integrated health network in New Jersey, in partnership with CDW Healthcare and Chrome Enterprise, announced today it is making an education technology donation of more than $265,000 to Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

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Released: 3-May-2021 3:45 PM EDT
Bai lab develops stable, efficient, anode-free sodium battery
Washington University in St. Louis

The lab of Peng Bai has developed a stable, anode-free sodium ion battery that is highly efficient, will be less expensive and is significantly smaller than a traditional lithium ion battery.

Released: 3-May-2021 1:35 PM EDT
Lurie Children’s Study to Use Soy Isoflavones in a Precision Medicine Approach to Prevent Wheezing and Asthmatic Inflammation in High Risk Infants
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Rajesh Kumar, MD, and Jacqueline Pongracic, MD, from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago received $3 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a site-specific clinical trial on whether a soy supplement in infancy can prevent asthma in children with a high-risk genetic variation. This will be one of the earliest precision medicine approaches to asthma prevention.

Newswise: Cedars-Sinai and USC to Jump-Start Young Scientists Seeking to Cure Cancer
Released: 3-May-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Cedars-Sinai and USC to Jump-Start Young Scientists Seeking to Cure Cancer
Cedars-Sinai

Two internationally prominent cancer experts from Cedars-Sinai and USC will train a new generation of investigators to propel scientific advances in cancer through a novel grant from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Released: 3-May-2021 11:35 AM EDT
DOE Awards $17.3 Million for Student and Faculty Research Opportunities and to Foster Workforce Diversity
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $17.3 million for college internships, research opportunities, and research projects that connect talented science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students and faculty with the world-class resources at DOE’s National Laboratories.

Released: 2-May-2021 5:05 PM EDT
Volunteer Firefighters Have Higher Levels of “Forever Chemicals”
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Volunteer firefighters — who comprise more than 65 percent of the U.S. fire service — have higher levels of “forever chemicals,” per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), in their bodies than the general public, according to a Rutgers study. It is the first study to evaluate volunteer firefighters’ exposure to PFAS.

Newswise: New Gene Editing Strategies Developed For Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Released: 30-Apr-2021 1:00 PM EDT
New Gene Editing Strategies Developed For Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
UT Southwestern Medical Center

DALLAS – April 30, 2021 – UT Southwestern scientists successfully employed a new type of gene therapy to treat mice with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), uniquely utilizing CRISPR-Cas9-based tools to restore a large section of the dystrophin protein that is missing in many DMD patients. The approach, described online today in the journal Science Advances, could lead to a treatment for DMD and inform the treatment of other inherited diseases.

Newswise: University of Maryland School of Medicine Begins Pediatric Trial of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
Released: 29-Apr-2021 5:05 PM EDT
University of Maryland School of Medicine Begins Pediatric Trial of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
University of Maryland Medical Center

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine began enrolling children ages 6 months to 11 years old in a clinical trial of the Moderna mRNA-1273 COVID-19 vaccine, which has already received Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization for adults.

Newswise: Vision for ultra-precision agriculture includes machine-learning enabled plant sensing, modeling and robots tending crops
Released: 29-Apr-2021 3:40 PM EDT
Vision for ultra-precision agriculture includes machine-learning enabled plant sensing, modeling and robots tending crops
Iowa State University

Rather than tending fields by the hundreds of acres, farmers could one day tend each plant with the help of machine learning, robots and other technologies. A $7 million grant from the NSF and the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture will help researchers develop such a cyber-physical system.

Released: 29-Apr-2021 1:05 PM EDT
NREF Announces 2021-22 Clinical Fellowship Grant Recipients
Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF)

Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation Announces 2021-22 Clinical Fellowship Grant Recipients

Newswise: Publication reveals essential ingredients of the NIH RADx groundbreaking national diagnostics effort
Released: 29-Apr-2021 8:55 AM EDT
Publication reveals essential ingredients of the NIH RADx groundbreaking national diagnostics effort
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

One-year into implementation of the NIH RADx initiative, the IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology has dedicated a special issue to exploring the innovative structure and operation of the RADx Tech program.

Released: 28-Apr-2021 5:00 PM EDT
Texas A&M AgriLife Research investigating phages to fight bacterial infection
Texas A&M AgriLife

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIAID, part of the National Institutes of Health, NIH, has awarded $2.5 million in grants to support research on bacteriophage therapy, and Texas A&M AgriLife Research is among the grant recipients.

Newswise: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to Launch New Center for Ocean and Climate Research
with Gift from Francis E Fowler IV
Released: 28-Apr-2021 3:40 PM EDT
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to Launch New Center for Ocean and Climate Research with Gift from Francis E Fowler IV
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole, Mass. (April 28, 2021) --Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) today announced the establishment of the Francis E. Fowler IV Center for Ocean and Climate to seek new knowledge and new solutions at the intersection of oceanography and climate science. A generous gift from Francis E. Fowler IV established the center and will enable it to immediately commence operations.

Newswise: UC San Diego engineering professor solves deep earthquake mystery
Released: 28-Apr-2021 3:10 PM EDT
UC San Diego engineering professor solves deep earthquake mystery
University of California San Diego

A University of California San Diego engineering professor has solved one of the biggest mysteries in geophysics: What causes deep-focus earthquakes? These mysterious earthquakes originate between 400 and 700 kilometers below the surface of the Earth and have been recorded with magnitudes up to 8.3 on the Richter scale.

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Released: 28-Apr-2021 2:05 PM EDT
UCI’s Adria Imada is named a 2021 Andrew Carnegie Fellow
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., April 28, 2021  — The University of California, Irvine’s Adria L. Imada has been named to the 2021 class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. The professor of history – who also teaches in the medical humanities – joins an exclusive cohort of 26 distinguished scholars from across the nation, selected out of more than 300 nominees.

Released: 28-Apr-2021 1:35 PM EDT
Male bladder cancer vulnerability could lead to a new treatment approach
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers found that targeting androgen receptors - a type of protein specific to men - may destroy cancer cells. Focusing on this male protein variant common in malignant bladder tumor cells may serve as a new avenue for treating bladder cancer in men.

Newswise: PsychLight Sensor to Enable Discovery of New Psychiatric Drugs
Released: 28-Apr-2021 12:35 PM EDT
PsychLight Sensor to Enable Discovery of New Psychiatric Drugs
UC Davis Health

UC Davis researchers develop PsychLight, a sensor that could be used in discovering new treatments for mental illness, in neuroscience research and to detect drugs of abuse.

Released: 28-Apr-2021 11:25 AM EDT
Columbia Begins Vision Screening Program for NYC Public Housing Residents
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Residents of some NYC public housing developments can get free vision screening and eye exams in their building, as part of a new study led by Columbia University’s Department of Ophthalmology.

Released: 28-Apr-2021 11:25 AM EDT
Scientists create first-of-its-kind 3D organoid model of the human pancreas
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Researchers have successfully created the first 3D organoid models of the pancreas from human stem cells. This first-of-its-kind organoid model includes both the acinar and ductal structures that play a critical role in the majority of pancreatic cancers.

28-Apr-2021 10:55 AM EDT
Treating dental pain with opioids linked to higher risk of overdose in patients and family members
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

When they go to the dentist, patients might not think that the pain prescription they receive could put them or their family at risk of an opioid overdose. But a new study shows that overdose rates were two and a half times higher among patients who filled a prescription for an opioid medication after a dental procedure.

Released: 28-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Christmas Eve Coke Works Fire Followed by Asthma Exacerbations
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Asthma exacerbations rose following a catastrophic Christmas Eve fire that destroyed pollution controls at the Clairton Coke Works – the largest such facility in the nation, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis concludes.

27-Apr-2021 6:35 PM EDT
AATS Foundation Scholarships Shown to Support Success in Academic Surgery
American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)

A new study, presented today at the AATS 101st Annual Meeting, finds that AATS Foundation fellowships support success in academic surgery career tracks.

Newswise: $9 Million Contract from National Cancer Institute Awarded for NJ State Cancer Registry
Released: 27-Apr-2021 8:45 AM EDT
$9 Million Contract from National Cancer Institute Awarded for NJ State Cancer Registry
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

The New Jersey State Cancer Registry (NJSCR), under the direction of the State Department of Health in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has been awarded a seven-year, $9,085,109 contract (75N91021D00009) from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to support core infrastructure and research activities as part of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, the most authoritative source of information on cancer incidence and survival in the United States. The funding will support ongoing cancer surveillance activities at the NJSCR, as well as support enhancements to New Jersey’s electronic reporting systems such as electronic pathology and medical claims data transmissions.

Newswise: ATS/Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Research Grant in Sarcoidosis Awarded;
Released: 27-Apr-2021 8:00 AM EDT
ATS/Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Research Grant in Sarcoidosis Awarded;
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Deborah Winter, PhD of Northwestern University has been awarded the ATS /Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Research Fellowship in Sarcoidosis.

Newswise: Chemical cocktail activates stem cells, promotes repair after muscle damage
Released: 26-Apr-2021 3:55 PM EDT
Chemical cocktail activates stem cells, promotes repair after muscle damage
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

The technique used in this preclinical study could aid tissue regeneration following severe accidents, surgical resections, or progressive muscle loss due to age or genetic disease.

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Released: 26-Apr-2021 2:55 PM EDT
Sum of incentives dictate efforts
Washington University in St. Louis

People rarely have just one motivation to do something. New research from the lab of Todd Braver at Washington University in St. Louis suggests how, and where, they combine.

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Released: 26-Apr-2021 2:40 PM EDT
$1.4M NIH grant helps FSU researchers clean carcinogens from groundwater
Florida State University

A Florida State University researcher will lead a study into how bacteria can be used to remove carcinogens from groundwater thanks to a $1.4 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Newswise: RADx expands COVID-19 home and point-of-care testing, wastewater surveillance
Released: 26-Apr-2021 2:05 PM EDT
RADx expands COVID-19 home and point-of-care testing, wastewater surveillance
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

The National Institutes of Health today announced three new contracts and one new award to an existing contract for scale-up and manufacturing of novel COVID-19 testing technologies. The four Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics initiative contracts totals $65.6 million.

Newswise: Spencer grant awarded to UIC researcher to rethink teacher preparation for racialized youth
Released: 26-Apr-2021 12:10 PM EDT
Spencer grant awarded to UIC researcher to rethink teacher preparation for racialized youth
University of Illinois at Chicago

This project seeks to promote equity for the new teachers of color and their future students.


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