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Newswise: World's most expensive spice (saffron) favors Rhode Island growing conditions according to URI researchers
Released: 6-Nov-2019 2:30 PM EST
World's most expensive spice (saffron) favors Rhode Island growing conditions according to URI researchers
University of Rhode Island

KINGSTON, R.I. – November 6, 2019 – Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice, selling for about $5,000 per pound at wholesale rates, and 90 percent of the global saffron harvest comes from Iran. But University of Rhode Island agriculture researchers have found that Ocean State farms have the potential to get a share of the market as demand for saffron in the United States grows.

Released: 28-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
'Mutation hotspot' allows common fungus to adapt to different host environments
Brown University

The fungus Candida albicans is found in the gastrointestinal tract of about half of healthy adults with little if any effect, yet it also causes an oft-fatal blood infection among patients with compromised immune systems, including those with HIV/AIDS. New research from Brown University helps show how this fungus gets the flexibility to live in these vastly different environments.

Newswise: URI nursing study shows benefits of delayed umbilical cord clamping on brain development in healthy babies
Released: 13-Feb-2019 9:50 AM EST
URI nursing study shows benefits of delayed umbilical cord clamping on brain development in healthy babies
University of Rhode Island

A five-minute delay in the clamping of healthy infants’ umbilical cords results in increased iron stores and brain myelin in areas important for early-life functional development, a new University of Rhode Island nursing study has found.

Released: 31-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST
URI history professor leading international team compiling a history of the papacy
University of Rhode Island

Joëlle Rollo-Koster, a history professor at the University of Rhode Island, is heading an international team of scholars that is creating a landmark work on the history of the papacy commissioned by Cambridge University Press.

Newswise: URI Ocean Engineering Students Use 3D Printing to Make Part at Sea
Released: 29-Jan-2019 2:05 PM EST
URI Ocean Engineering Students Use 3D Printing to Make Part at Sea
University of Rhode Island

Four University of Rhode Island ocean engineering students demonstrated that they not only could keep a 3D printer level while at sea, but they could replicate a piece of equipment that works as effectively as the original. Josh Allder, Grady Bolan, Sean Nagle and Allison Redington were granted this rare opportunity last semester aboard the Okeanos Explorer, a research vessel operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Released: 14-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST
Ryan Institute at URI Receives Approval for Clinical Trial Targeting the Blood Vessels in Alzheimer’s Disease
University of Rhode Island

In a pioneering clinical trial that will attack Alzheimer’s disease by targeting inflammation in the brain’s blood vessels, researchers at the George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience have received regulatory approval to initiate the BEACON Study.

Released: 3-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST
URI scientists model Anak Krakatau volcano, tsunami to better prepare U.S. for future tsunamis
University of Rhode Island

The recent eruption of Anak Krakatau – which means “son of Krakatau” – is providing URI researchers Stephan Grilli and Steven Carey with a new opportunity to gain additional insights and create models that they hope will help the United States better prepare for future tsunamis.

Released: 5-Dec-2018 11:25 AM EST
Stress from using electronic health records is linked to physician burnout
Brown University

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- While electronic health records (EHRs) improve communication and access to patient data, researchers found that stress from using EHRs is associated with burnout, particularly for primary care doctors such as pediatricians, family medicine physicians and general internists.

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Released: 26-Nov-2018 2:05 PM EST
Brain-Computer Interface Enables People with Paralysis to Control Tablet Devices
Brown University

PROVIDENCE, R.I., BOSTON, MASS. and STANFORD, CALIF. -- Tablets and other mobile computing devices are part of everyday life, but using them can be difficult for people with paralysis. New research from the BrainGate* consortium shows that a brain-computer interface (BCI) can enable people with paralysis to directly operate an off-the-shelf tablet device just by thinking about making cursor movements and clicks.

Released: 4-Sep-2018 12:05 PM EDT
R.I. Schools Offer Dual Degree in Pharmacy, Physician Assistant Studies
University of Rhode Island

URI Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students can apply to Johnson & Wales’ Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program after completing their fourth year of the six-year pharmacy program. Applications began in the spring.

Released: 28-Aug-2018 10:05 AM EDT
Graduate School of Oceanography Hosts NASA-Led Exploration of Deep Sea
University of Rhode Island

Scientists with a NASA-led expedition are operating from the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography as colleagues explore the deep Pacific Ocean to prepare to search for life in deep space.

Released: 17-Aug-2018 3:20 PM EDT
Researcher Develops New Contaminant Detection Technique for Blood Thinner Heparin
University of Rhode Island

In 2008, a contaminant eluded the quality safeguards in the pharmaceutical industry and infiltrated a large portion of the supply of the popular blood thinner heparin, sickening hundreds and killing about 100 in the U.S.

Released: 17-Aug-2018 3:20 PM EDT
Research Indicates Long-Legged Lizards Better Adapted for Hurricane Survival
University of Rhode Island

Jason Kolbe has been thinking about hurricanes and lizards for many years. The University of Rhode Island professor of biological sciences has measured the length of lizard legs and the size of their toe pads to assess how those factors influence the animal’s ability to cling to vegetation during strong storms. He even used a powerful leaf blower to test his hypotheses in a laboratory.

Released: 10-Aug-2018 10:05 AM EDT
Four URI scientists among 100 researchers on NASA-led expedition to North Pacific
University of Rhode Island

Four scientists from the University of Rhode Island are among 100 researchers from 30 institutions who shipped out of Seattle today to embark on a month-long expedition to study microscopic organisms that live deep in the ocean and play a critical role in removing carbon dioxide from Earth’s atmosphere.

Released: 19-Jul-2018 12:05 PM EDT
Study: ADHD Drugs Do Not Improve Cognition in Healthy College Students
University of Rhode Island

Contrary to popular belief across college campuses, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications may fail to improve cognition in healthy students and actually can impair functioning, according to a study by researchers at the University of Rhode Island and Brown University.

Released: 19-Jul-2018 12:05 PM EDT
Origami-Inspired Device Enables Easy Capture, Release of Delicate Underwater Organisms  
University of Rhode Island

The open ocean is the largest and least explored environment on Earth, estimated to hold up to a million species that have yet to be described. However, many of those organisms are soft-bodied — like jellyfish, squid, and octopus — and are difficult to capture for study with existing underwater tools, which all too frequently damage or destroy them.

Released: 12-Jul-2018 3:30 PM EDT
URI-Led Consortium Selected to Operate New Research Ship to Replace R/V Endeavor
University of Rhode Island

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected the East Coast Oceanographic Consortium, led by the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, to operate a new oceanographic research ship, one of only three such vessels in the nation. Owned by NSF and valued at over $100 million, the Regional Class Research Vessel will be constructed in Louisiana, delivered to Rhode Island in 2021 and home-ported at URI’s Narragansett Bay Campus.

Released: 28-Jun-2018 3:05 PM EDT
URI Drug Study Produces ‘Promising Therapy’ for Alcohol Abuse
University of Rhode Island

Researchers are testing the safety and efficacy of a drug originally developed by Pfizer to treat obesity and diabetes that blocks gherlin, known as the hunger hormone. In those with alcohol use disorder, higher concentrations of ghrelin are associated with higher alcohol craving and consumption. The researchers believe that an oral medication that blocks ghrelin may help stave off cravings for alcohol.

Released: 22-Jun-2018 10:05 AM EDT
URI researcher, team members discover volcanic heat source under major Antarctic glacier
University of Rhode Island

The discovery and other findings, which are critical to understanding the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, of which the Pine Island Glacier is a part, are published in the paper, “Evidence of an active volcanic heat source beneath the Pine Island Glacier,” in the latest edition of Nature Communications.

Newswise: URI leads new coastal fisheries project in the Philippines with $25 million federal grant
Released: 3-May-2018 2:05 PM EDT
URI leads new coastal fisheries project in the Philippines with $25 million federal grant
University of Rhode Island

The Philippines is one of the largest fish producing nations in the world, employing millions and feeding the planet. Yet the industry is in peril, largely due to destructive fishing practices, typhoons and coastal degradation.

Released: 22-Mar-2018 3:45 PM EDT
URI Grad Student Uses Corn Syrup to Study Earth's Evolution
University of Rhode Island

She may be the first researcher to simulate how the syrup responds to the complete range of plate motions observed at mid-ocean ridges. Up until now, computer simulations have struggled with representing the wandering of the ridges.

Released: 16-Mar-2018 12:05 PM EDT
URI Police Train Community to Respond to Active Shooter
University of Rhode Island

The "civilian" training sessions had been in the works long before the Parkland, Fla., school shooting in February. University police already provide active shooter training for a number of municipal police departments and other universities.

Released: 20-Feb-2018 10:05 AM EST
URI Study Aims to Find Carcinogen Damage Before Cancer Develops
University of Rhode Island

The five-year, $2.1 million study will examine mutational spectra of environmental toxins.

Released: 13-Feb-2018 3:05 PM EST
USDA Funds Maple Syrup Research at University of Rhode Island
University of Rhode Island

The study, titled “Beneficial effects of maple syrup phytochemicals against inflammation associated with metabolic syndrome,” aims to evaluate the anti-inflammatory effects of a polyphenol-enriched maple syrup extract in mice fed a high-fat diet and in human fat cell samples. Slitt and Seeram began studying the anti-inflammatory properties of maple syrup phytochemicals a decade ago and identified or confirmed 67 compounds in pure maple syrup that may play a key role in human health.

Released: 6-Feb-2018 2:05 PM EST
Grant Funds URI Study of Targeted Incentives for Healthy Eating
University of Rhode Island

If the targeted incentives prove successful, the research team will explore how large organizations — from health insurers to corporate wellness programs — could incorporate healthy food choice incentives and improve the dietary habits and health outcomes of large numbers of consumers.

Released: 17-Jan-2018 4:05 PM EST
University of Rhode Island Campus Named to National Register of Historic Places
University of Rhode Island

URI Historic District comprises 29 acres and more than a dozen structures

Released: 17-Jan-2018 4:05 PM EST
Speech Analysis Technology Gives URI Students an Edge
University of Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island embraces LENA System

Released: 17-Jan-2018 3:05 PM EST
Program Helps Non-Traditional Student Chart Path to Med School
University of Rhode Island

Lack of resources, work and money issues, fail to deter student

Released: 5-Jan-2018 4:05 PM EST
Scientists Find That Genome Size Affects Whether Plants Become Invasive
University of Rhode Island

A University of Rhode Island scientist who studies the invasive plant Phragmites was part of an international research team that found that the most significant factor in determining whether a plant will become invasive is the size of its genome.

Released: 7-Dec-2017 2:05 PM EST
URI Graduate School of Oceanography Scientists to Present Research at National Meeting, Dec. 11-15
University of Rhode Island

Oceanographers from the University of Rhode Island will once again present their research and posters during an international Earth science meeting this month.

Released: 31-Oct-2017 10:05 AM EDT
Research Provides Unique Insight Into Extinction Dynamics in Late Triassic
University of Rhode Island

A team of scientists and students at the University of Rhode Island is inching closer to revealing how a group of animals from the Late Triassic went extinct

Released: 17-Oct-2017 2:05 PM EDT
University of Rhode Island Receives $5 Million Gift in Memory of Alumnus
University of Rhode Island

The gift from Edward Avedisian will help fund a variety of projects in the College of Pharmacy, all working toward the goal of carrying on Paramez Avedisian’s legacy through education and innovation, according to College of Pharmacy Dean Paul Larrat. Part of the gift will go toward a new Paramaz Avedisian ’54 Endowed Chair in Medicinal Organic Chemistry.

Released: 12-Oct-2017 3:05 PM EDT
University of Rhode Island Professor Named Fellow of American Academy of Nursing
University of Rhode Island

Ginette Ferszt was selected for her pioneering and significant contributions regarding the health needs and disparities facing incarcerated women and working to end the practice of shackling pregnant athletes during labor and delivery.

Released: 12-Oct-2017 3:05 PM EDT
University of Rhode Island Professor Wins National Mentoring Award in Gerontology
University of Rhode Island

Clark has also specialized in narrative gerontology, which focuses on a patient’s entire life — not just his or her health — and health care policy and ethics. As an educator first, however, teaching and mentoring are among his top priorities, and he teaches multiple courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Much of his instruction focuses on interprofessional education.

Released: 12-Oct-2017 3:05 PM EDT
University of Rhode Island Nursing Students to Provide Caregiver Respite
University of Rhode Island

Students visit the home and provide whatever assistance caregivers need or simply sitting with a patient so the caregiver can break away for a short time.

Released: 12-Oct-2017 2:05 PM EDT
University of Rhode Island Faculty to Receive Institute of Coaching’s Excellence Award
University of Rhode Island

A University of Rhode Island psychology professor internationally renowned for his pioneering work in behavior change, along with his wife and research partner, will receive the Institute of Coaching’s Vision of Scientific Excellence in Coaching award.

Released: 12-Oct-2017 2:05 PM EDT
Mental Health Initiative at University of Rhode Island About Keeping Each Other Well
University of Rhode Island

rovides participants with mental health literacy on more common illnesses such as During a daylong training, the program provides participants with mental health literacy on anxiety, depression and substance abuse, while also educating them about bipolar disorder, eating disorders, post traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia.

Released: 14-Sep-2017 3:00 PM EDT
University of Rhode Island Research Examines Cause of Kidney Transplant Failures
University of Rhode Island

Nisanne Ghonemi's research seeks to address a universal problem in kidney transplant surgery that can result in failure of the organ graft. Her research will explore the use of a class of drugs known as prostacyclins to reduce ischemia-reperfusion injury to a transplanted kidney from a deceased patient that can result in failure of the organ graft.

Released: 12-Sep-2017 9:05 AM EDT
University of Rhode Island Student on Front Lines of Addiction Crisis
University of Rhode Island

Student combines interest in public health, pharmacy while meeting with recovering addicts in prison, assisting officer, non-profits

Released: 3-Aug-2017 3:05 PM EDT
University of Rhode Island Researcher Leads Team Revising Neck Pain Guidelines
University of Rhode Island

In addition to refining treatment recommendations and reorganizing information to be presented in a more user-friendly format, the team expanded the guidelines, last updated in 2008, to include information on screening, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment–based classifications. The guidelines are used by physical therapists in clinical settings, insurers/payers, policy-makers, graduate students and educators.

Released: 27-Jul-2017 3:05 PM EDT
University of Rhode Island Nursing Professor Examines “Obamacare” Ramifications
University of Rhode Island

“What’s at Stake in U.S. Health Reform: A Guide to the Affordable Care Act and Value-Based Care” delineates possible financial and patient care impacts of changes to the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare,” and describes recent congressional efforts to replace the law. Rambur breaks the complex policy into clear and distinct components and encourages nurses of all political persuasions to know the issues and engage with lawmakers.

Released: 19-Jul-2017 2:05 PM EDT
University of Rhode Island-Led Program First in Nation to Provide Treatment From Pharmacists That Could Prevent Lyme Disease
University of Rhode Island

Pharmacists can dispense doxycycline without a doctor's order on site in their pharmacies to eligible customers who have had a tick bite. The protocol is only effective as prophylaxis against Lyme disease, not other tick-borne illnesses.

Released: 28-Jun-2017 1:05 PM EDT
University of Rhode Island Group Takes Holistic Look at Lifestyle and Dementia
University of Rhode Island

Faculty, staff and graduate students are taking on one of society’s most vexing health challenges: how to prevent or slow the onset of dementia through changes in diet and exercise. And what sets the Lifestyle Interventions Group apart is its inclusion of disciplines beyond the typical confines of brain science.

Released: 15-Jun-2017 1:05 PM EDT
Toy Cars Modified by University of Rhode Island Students Deliver Fun, Physical Benefits
University of Rhode Island

Lil’ Rhody Riders provides mobility, freedom and plain-old fun to children with disabilities by modifying toy cars so they can operate them. Physical therapy and engineering students work together to build the cars, that also provide therapeutic benefits.

Released: 15-Jun-2017 1:05 PM EDT
Partnering for Innovation
University of Rhode Island

CoreMechanics defines CoreForm as a wearable exercise product to prevent and stabilize musculoskeletal injury. The expertise needed to refine the device and measure its effectiveness is found within several disciplines at URI.

Released: 12-Jun-2017 3:05 PM EDT
University of Rhode Island Graduate Students Launch Pharmaceutical Company
University of Rhode Island

The Ph.D. students say Alcinous Pharmaceuticals uses computational software available free on the Internet to sort through 40 million possible drug-binding targets.

Released: 12-Jun-2017 2:05 PM EDT
University of Rhode Island Pioneers Research Into Movement, Learning, Language
University of Rhode Island

Kinesthetic classrooms are not new, but the URI project is breaking new ground by measuring language patterns and usage in the context of movement. No other school is studying a kinesthetic classroom in a controlled manner, and no other school is looking at connections between movement, language and being on task, the researchers said.

Released: 19-May-2017 10:05 AM EDT
Helping Transgender Women Find Their Voice
University of Rhode Island

Our voices are like oral fingerprints, but for those who are transgender, the voice one is born with it may no longer match their identity.

Released: 12-May-2017 1:05 PM EDT
National Leader: Advanced Scholarship Vital to Nursing Stewardship
University of Rhode Island

University of Washington’s School of Nursing's Dean Emerita Nancy Woods addresses faculty at the University of Rhode Island's College of Nursing.

Released: 27-Apr-2017 11:05 AM EDT
Nursing Students Get Hands-on Experience with RN Mentors
University of Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island nursing students are paired with RNs at The Miriam Hospital in Providence for one-on-one real-world learning experiences.


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