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NIH, DOD grants to fund prostate cancer, diabetes research at UH
Date:6/27/2012

e Prevention of Prostate Cancer," will examine how the convergence of specific biological cues and our diets may function to promote cancer and could provide guidance for preventing the disease. The project is Frigo's third to be funded by the NIH, since joining the center in 2010.

Gustafsson also was notified recently of another NIH grant that will support expanded uses for the center's state-of-the-art zebrafish laboratory. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences awarded his team more than $375,000 to collaborate with UH computer science professor Ioannis Kakadiaris on diabetes and obesity research. The project is expected to be led by Maria Bondesson, a research assistant professor with the center. The project, "Detection of Obesogens and Diabetogens by Zebrafish Screening Models," will entail screening the effects of chemical compounds that may disrupt the development of the endocrine system. It is widely hypothesized that exposure to certain chemical compounds in developed countries may be responsible for the steady increase in obesity and diabetes in the U.S.

In total, the CNRCS has 27 active grants. Overall, the center's active projects account for more than $18 million in research funding at UH, another significant metric for Tier One status. Established in 2009, CNRCS is a focal point of the UH health initiative. The center's investigators are involved in many aspects of nuclear receptor research and focused on understanding the roles of these receptors in health and disease. Cell signaling is part of a complex system of communication where cells signal each other to decide when to generate new cells. Errors in this processing are responsible for the diseases they study.


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