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Texas Biomed Awarded $2.7 Million Grant to Discover New Genetic Research Methods

Texas Biomed Awarded $2.7 Million Grant to Discover New Genetic Research Methods

San Antonio-based Texas Biomedical Research Institute recently received a research grant worth $2.7 million from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The funding will contribute to their work on novel research methods for genetics that are geared towards advancing new treatment options for cardiovascular diseases strongly linked with genetic inheritance. The foundation for this new research project is based on previously ...

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UTHealth Researcher Among Those Awarded By NIH To Develop New Research Into Alzheimer’s Genome

UTHealth Researcher Among Those Awarded By NIH To Develop New Research Into Alzheimer’s Genome

The National Institutes of Health will support teams of scientists to conduct research into the genetic basis of Alzheimer’s disease, analyzing how genome sequences, which indicate the order of chemical letters in a cell’s DNA, may increase risk or protect against the disease. The NIH awarded grants to support researchers and institutions using innovative new technologies and computational methods for ...

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NIH Grants $1.1 Million To CerRx For Novel Cancer Drug Research

NIH Grants $1.1 Million To CerRx For Novel Cancer Drug Research

Lubbock, Texas-based oncology drug developer CerRx was awarded a $1.1 million grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to finance their research on cancer cell-killing therapies. The company will invest the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant into a Phase I study of two lead novel intravenous (IV) compounds called fenretinide and safingol, which, when combined are thought to increase the toxic ...

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Baylor College of Medicine Included in the New Clinical Centers at the NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Network

Baylor College of Medicine Included in the New Clinical Centers at the NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Network

Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital will join forces as part of a new nation-wide network of doctors and scientists working to address prolonged undiagnosed medical conditions, as part of a newly awarded $7.3 million, four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, one of six awarded recently as part of the NIH’s Undiagnosed Diseases Network. The medical centers selected by the NIH will ...

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UH Part of $7.5M NIH Clinical Trial to Slow Progression of Myopia in Children

UH Part of $7.5M NIH Clinical Trial to Slow Progression of Myopia in Children

University of Houston (UH) and Ohio State University (OSU) Colleges of Optometry investigators were recently awarded with approximately $7.5 million in new research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The funding was granted for their planned five-year investigation into bifocal contact lenses to help slow the progress of myopia in children. The Bifocal Lenses In Nearsighted Kids (BLINK) Study ...

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BRI To Further Research Into Autoimmune Diseases With New $3.3 Million Grant

BRI To Further Research Into Autoimmune Diseases With New $3.3 Million Grant

Baylor Research Institute has been awarded a $3.3 million grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) for its Autoimmunity Center of Excellence, which led by Virginia Pascual. The grant was attributed to Dr. Pascual’s Research in autoimmune diseases, like lupus, dermatomyositis and juvenile arthritis. This last disease, according to the president of Baylor Research ...

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UH Biomedical Engineer Researching How To Make Blood Transfusions Safer In NIH-funded Study

UH Biomedical Engineer Researching How To Make Blood Transfusions Safer In NIH-funded Study

University of Houston (UH) biomedical engineer Sergey Shevkoplyas is working on development of a highly innovative technology that would make blood transfusions safer. Dr. Shevkoplyas’ work is being partly funded by a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH has given Dr. Shevkoplyas an NIH Directors Transformative Research Award to develop a simple device to separate ...

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New NIH-Established Collaborative Center Will Focus on Environmental Health

New NIH-Established Collaborative Center Will Focus on Environmental Health

The Center for Translational Environmental Health Search has recently been established and named by the National Institutes of Health as the newest National Center of Excellence in Environmental Health Science, with a mission to improve the understanding of environmental influences on human health by integrating basic, biomedical, and engineering research, and promoting translation of these advances from the bench, to ...

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UT Dallas Scientists Awarded NIH Grant For Undergraduate Research on Carbon Nanotubes Health Risk

UT Dallas Scientists Awarded NIH Grant For Undergraduate Research on Carbon Nanotubes Health Risk

Scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas have received a federal grant to investigate how carbon nanotubes — tiny carbon nano tech structures used to manufacture of many everyday products — might pose a risk human health. Dr. Paul Pantano, associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Rockford Draper, professor of molecular and cell biology, at UT Dallas, recently received ...

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New Tinnitus Treatment Device Developed By Dallas-Based MicroTranspoonder To Be Tested In NIH Clinical Trial

New Tinnitus Treatment Device Developed By Dallas-Based MicroTranspoonder To Be Tested In NIH Clinical Trial

The National Institute of Deafness and other Communicable Disorders ( NIDCD) recently granted funding for a clinical trial that will seek to find a therapeutic cure for Tinnitus, which causes a persistent buzzing sound in the ear. The grant (U44DC010084) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will support new research, which is being conducted with the help of a ...

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UTHSCSA, San Antonio Public Health Organizations To Benefit From NIH Grant Supporting Regional Health Research

UTHSCSA, San Antonio Public Health Organizations To Benefit From NIH Grant Supporting Regional Health Research

Texas-based research into the life sciences continues to garner major support in the way of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with many top researchers holding key board positions in a number of the organization’s influential research offshoots. Now, the NIH is poised to grant $22.7 million in new funding to the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and ...

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Houston Researchers and National Institutes of Health Reveal Potential Drug Targets for Bladder Cancer

Houston Researchers and National Institutes of Health Reveal Potential Drug Targets for Bladder Cancer

A collaboration among various researchers at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Research Network, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) produced new evidence that bladder cancer (urothelial carcinoma) is molecularly similar to some subtypes of breast, head, neck, and lung cancers. By uncovering important ...

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Promising Multiple Sclerosis Study Involving NIH, Myelin Repair Foundation Seeks To Repurpose Hypertension Drug To Stimulate Repair In MS

Promising Multiple Sclerosis Study Involving NIH, Myelin Repair Foundation Seeks To Repurpose Hypertension Drug To Stimulate Repair In MS

Quite often, the development of novel therapies for one disease indication later gives rise to its application for other diseases as well. In the case of Multiple Sclerosis treatment, the non-profit Myelin Repair Foundation (MRF) may have identified a proven drug for hypertension that could be used to stimulate repair and protect the brain in MS patients. The discovery will be further ...

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NIH Study For Secondary-Progressive MS Underway On Experimental Drug Rituximab

NIH Study For Secondary-Progressive MS Underway On Experimental Drug Rituximab

There are currently no effective treatments for people with secondary-progressive MS who do not experience relapses or who do not have “active” lesions on MRI, however researchers at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland are evaluating the safety and effectiveness of Rituximab (trade names Rituxan and MabThera) – a new experimental drug for treating MS. In this study, Rituximab be delivered ...

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UT Southwestern Part of NIH-Funded Nanotechnology Therapy Study To Treat Prostate Cancer

UT Southwestern Part of NIH-Funded Nanotechnology Therapy Study To Treat Prostate Cancer

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas is joining with researchers from Penn State to focus on a new form of nanotechnology-based means of diagnosing and treating prostate cancer. The new study, which is being funded by the National Institutes of Health, will take place over the next five years, thanks to the NIH’s $1.58 million dollar grant. ...

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UT Southwestern, PCCI Awarded $30 Million In Funding From NIH, NSF For New CTSA Initiative

UT Southwestern, PCCI Awarded $30 Million In Funding From NIH, NSF For New CTSA Initiative

Dallas-based PCCI, a non-profit research and development corporation that offers real-time predictive and surveillance analytics for the healthcare industry through cutting-edge software solutions, recently announced three key collaborations with UT Southwestern. Funding is coming from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) and will exceed $30 million. The new funding is part of an ...

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NIH To Consolidate Brain Biospecimens With “One-Stop” Biorepository of Brain Tissue

NIH To Consolidate Brain Biospecimens With “One-Stop” Biorepository of Brain Tissue

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking to foster expedited research on brain disorders through a new biospecimens biorepository that will offer a “one-stop” shop for brain tissue used for research. The new NIH NeuroBioBank initiative, which was announced in December, will be a user-friendly web-based resource that will consolidate five leading brain banks toward a tissue-sharing network for the ...

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Alcoholic Hepatitis Study To Begin In Earnest At UT Southwestern & Three Other Sites Nationally, Thanks To $10M NIH Grant

Alcoholic Hepatitis Study To Begin In Earnest At UT Southwestern & Three Other Sites Nationally, Thanks To $10M NIH Grant

In a bid to further research new methods of treating alcoholic hepatitis, UT Southwestern Medical Center will function as the local arm of a national, multi center study being funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). UT Southwestern is one of only four national institutions chosen by the NIH, and will share a five-year, $10 million grant that will seek to compare new ...

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Stroke Treatment Testing To Get Major NIH-Funded Boost Through StrokeNet Program; UTHealth To Participate

Stroke Treatment Testing To Get Major NIH-Funded Boost Through StrokeNet Program; UTHealth To Participate

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is part of a nationwide effort by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a network of regional stroke centers across the country. UTHealth is one of only 25 regional centers participating in the new “NIH StrokeNet” program, and the only one representing the state of Texas. Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, M.D., president ...

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Texas A&M’s Dr. Thomas Ioerger To Collaborate on NIH Funded M. Tuberculosis Gene Study

Texas A&M’s Dr. Thomas Ioerger To Collaborate on NIH Funded M. Tuberculosis Gene Study

Dr. Thomas R. Ioerger, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, will participate in a collaborative, National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study with five other professors from Weill Cornell Medical College who will parse the genetic unknowns of M. tuberculosis. The $13 million dollar project, formally entitled, Decoding the roles of critical genes of ...

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NIH Deposits First Batch Of Genome Sequence Data For Alzheimer’s Disease

NIH Deposits First Batch Of Genome Sequence Data For Alzheimer’s Disease

The National Institutes of Health‘s Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Project (ADSP) has announced that researchers can now freely access the project’s first batch of genome sequence data. The ADSP is one of the first projects undertaken under an intensified NIH national program of research to prevent or effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease. The ADSP’s first release tranche includes data from 410 individuals ...

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UT Dallas’ Dr. Robert Gregg Receives $2.3 Million Grant From NIH To Research Robotic Limbs

UT Dallas’ Dr. Robert Gregg Receives $2.3 Million Grant From NIH To Research Robotic Limbs

UT Dallas recently announced that an assistant professor in the university’s department of mechanical engineering and bioengineering has received new funding from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Robert Gregg, who joined the school’s Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science just this fall, has received a $2.3 million grant from the NIH in order to advance his own research exploring the combination of ...

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Texas Biomed, UTHSCSA Collaborate On NIH-Funded Study To Identify Genetic Mutations Leading to Drug Resistance In Schistosomiasis Treatment

Texas Biomed, UTHSCSA Collaborate On NIH-Funded Study To Identify Genetic Mutations Leading to Drug Resistance In Schistosomiasis Treatment

Researchers from both the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio are collaborating along with an international group of scientists in a wide-ranging study on drug resistance to the treatment of Schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease that afflicts over 187 million people in South America, Africa, and Asia. The study, which was led by Texas ...

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UT Arlington Researchers Awarded NIH Grant to Explore Stimulating Neural Activity with Light

UT Arlington Researchers Awarded NIH Grant to Explore Stimulating Neural Activity with Light

A professor at UT Arlington will be receiving a research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his research on improved means to implement genetic-based therapies against a sight-deteriorating condition called retinitis pigments. Dr. Samarendra Mohanty, who teaches physics at UT Arlington, will be awarded a total of $384,269 for two years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders ...

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