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Swiss Initiative in Systems Biology launches new projects

In the second call for proposals, projects focus on either the development of new technologies or on the interface between biomedical research and genomics. The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) approved six RTD-projects today. They will engage a total of 47 research groups from both Swiss ...

$10 million Simons Foundation gift supports new initiative with Institute for Advanced Study

The Rockefeller University and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., have established a joint initiative in biology supported by a $10 million gift from The Simons Foundation, it was announced today. The initiative, which builds on the complementary strengths of the Institute and th...

Georgia Stem Cell Initiative meets on MCG campus Feb. 10

AUGUSTA, Ga. The Georgia Stem Cell Initiative, a partnership of academia, industry and public officials to advance stem cell research in the state and educate the public about its impact, will meet Feb. 10 on the campus of the Medical College of Georgia. The free daylong symposium is open to ...

Stanford launches $100 million initiative to tackle energy issues

Recognizing that energy is at the heart of many of the world's tribulationseconomic, environmental and politicalStanford is establishing a $100 million research institute to focus intently on energy issues, President John Hennessy announced today. The $100 million in new funds will enable the hiri...

EPA and USDA should create new initiative to better monitor nutrients

WASHINGTON --The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture should jointly establish a Nutrient Control Implementation Initiative (NCII) to learn more about the effectiveness of actions meant to improve water quality throughout the Mississippi River basin and into the ...

NAS announces initiative to connect entertainment industry with top experts

LOS ANGELES -- The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced today the creation of "The Science and Entertainment Exchange," an initiative designed to connect entertainment industry professionals with top scientists and engineers to help the creators of television shows, films, video games, and...

Latin American Science Initiative Puts Tropical Rainforest Diversity Online

Tropical plant guidebooks are written largely by scholars from museums and universities in the U.S. and Europe where plant collections are housed. Researchers and conservationists in countries where the plants were originally collected may not have access to tools for understanding some of the mos...

Global Viral Forecasting Initiative receives $11M to implement pandemic early warning system

The Global Viral Forecasting Initiative (GVFI), a nonprofit research initiative dedicated to preventing pandemics, has received $11 million dollars from Google.org and The Skoll Foundation. The support, which includes $5.5 million dollars from each organization, represents the largest grant to dat...

NIH's Genes, Environment and Health Initiative adds 6 studies

The Genes, Environment and Health Initiative (GEI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) today awarded grants, estimated to be up to $5.5 million over two years for six studies aimed at finding genetic factors that influence the risks for stroke, glaucoma, high blood pressure, prostate canc...

At ACS' national meeting, global initiative set to tackle water issues

NEW ORLEANS, April 7, 2008 The Global Innovation Imperatives (Gii) project swung into motion Sunday with experts gathering for their first session at the American Chemical Societys (ACS) 235th national meeting in New Orleans. Gii, a joint collaboration between the ACS Committee on Corporation Ass...

HR Initiative Endorses Bill to Create an Effective, Mandatory Federal Employment Verification System

HR Expert Group Applauds Option for Voluntary Use of Biometrics WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Human Resource Initiative for a Legal Workforce today applauded the introduction of legislation viewed as critical to strengthening the nation's broken employment verificatio...

FIJI Water announces sustainable growth initiative with commitment to help mitigate climate change

LOS ANGELES (November 7, 2007) FIJI Water, one of the fastest growing, leading premium bottled water brands in the world, announced a Sustainable Growth Initiative today that will make its products carbon negative beginning in 2008. To achieve this, FIJI Water will account for the carbon footpri...

Arizona State University launches biofuel initiative with BP and Science Foundation Arizona

TEMPE, Ariz.- Arizona State University has announced a significant research partnership with energy company BP and Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) to develop a renewable source of biofuel. The research effort focuses on using a specially optimized photosynthetic bacterium to produce biodiese...

Decisions on the second round of the Excellence Initiative announced

Funding decisions for the second round of the Excellence Initiative have been made. Following evaluation and discussion of a total of 92 proposals for the three funding lines by international review panels and the Joint Commission of the German Science Council and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinscha...

Hand hygiene initiative aims to decrease healthcare-associated infection in developing countries

An open-access commentary in the December 2007 issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology examines a recently launched a global initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO) to combat healthcare-associated infection by improving hand hygiene in health care. The commentary is part of ...

Phase 2 of Singapore's Biomedical Sciences Initiative gains momentum for clinical research

A new partnership to build an integrated neuroscience research programme that spans basic science all the way to clinical research. Strategic research infrastructure for tertiary hospitals and medical schools, and a national organisation to support and strengthen late phase clinical trials in Sin...

Woods Hole Research Center to lead undergraduate initiative in the Siberian Arctic

A new initiative at the Woods Hole Research Center known as the Polaris Project, led by Associate Scientist Max Holmes, will train future leaders in arctic research and education, and inform the public, both of which are essential given the rapid and profound changes underway in the Arctic in resp...

Genes, Environment and Health Initiative invests in genetic studies, environmental monitoring

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has selected the first projects to be funded as part of the Genes, Environment and Health Initiative (GEI), a unique collaboration between geneticists and environmental scientists. "This is ground-breaking research in understanding the complex factors t...

Penn announces $50M Penn Integrates Knowledge neurosciences initiative

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania will make a major investment in neuroscience, the interdisciplinary study of brain/behavior relationships and nervous-system diseases, with a $50 million contribution from Penn's Health System to endow five new Penn Integrates Knowledge (P...

PharMEDium Announces National Rollout of Electronic 222 Ordering Initiative

HUNDREDS OF CUSTOMER HOSPITALS USING ELECTRONIC 222 TO ORDER CLASS II CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES SEATTLE, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- PharMEDium Services, LLC, the leading provider of outsourced hospital pharmacy I.V. compounded solutions, has expanded its first-in-the-industry ...

American Society for Microbiology supports 'One Health' initiative

May 12, 2008Washington, DCThe American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has endorsed the One Health Initiative, which recognizes the inter-relationships among human, animal, and environmental health and seeks to enhance communication, cooperation, and collaboration in integrating these areas for the...

Autism Speaks announces multinational initiative

NEW YORK, NY May 9, 2008 Autism Speaks, the worlds largest autism advocacy organization announces today the formation of an international collaboration with North, South and Central America. This multinational initiative will help to raise awareness and develop research expertise focusing on publ...

Smithsonian announces Global Forest Carbon Research Initiative

Forests contain nearly 40 percent of the worlds carbonmore than the atmosphere containsbut too little is known about forest carbon dynamics to predict whether anthropogenic global change will increase or decrease forest carbon pools. Helene Muller-Landau, staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropica...

WUSTL researchers spearhead key genome initiative

The complete collection of genes the genome of a moss has been sequenced, providing scientists an important evolutionary link between single-celled algae and flowering plants. Just as the sequencing of animal genomes has helped scientists understand human genomic history, the sequencing of pl...

Protein structure initiative launches new resources for the scientific community

Now that the Protein Structure Initiative (PSI) has established efficient pipelines for determining the three-dimensional shapes of proteins, it is creating new mechanisms for sharing the resources it has developed with the scientific community. The 10-year PSI effort, which started in 2000 and ...

Major initiative proposed to address amphibian crisis

Fifty of the leading amphibian researchers in the world have called for a new Amphibian Survival Alliance, a $400 million initiative to help reduce and prevent amphibian declines and extinctions, an ecological crisis of growing proportion that is continuing to get worse. In a policy statement to be...

Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative funds Yale project

Yale has been offered $17 million from the Grand Challenges in Global health initiative to genetically engineer mice with immune systems similar enough to humans to aid in testing the safety and effectiveness of potential vaccines. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Yale proje...

The BIOS Initiative - open source biotechnology is born

Althought we covered it partially this week , this initiative is so important that it deserve another, more complete description. In a publication today in the prestigious scientific journal, Nature, a team at CAMBIA in Canberra unveils the 'kernel' of the world's first 'explicit open source'...

Highest ever winter water temperatures recorded

...me in recent years. The EAC has been a research focus for Katy Hill since 2005 as part of her PhD in the Quantitiative Marine Science program a joint initiative of CSIRO and the University of Tasmania. The St Helens-based Chief Executive of the Tasmanian Rock Lobster Association, Rodney Treloggen, said he w...

Plankton Power and RTDC announce proposed algae-to-biofuels pilot facility on Cape Cod

...knowledge the National Guard and the state of Massachusetts for providing critical support to this initiative." "The Cape Cod Algae Biorefinery initiative provides a perfect example of the tremendous economic development potential created by fusing the expertise and resources of the Cape's research brain...

K-State researchers say after-school programs should promote activity, healthy nutrition

...utcomes were presented at the 2009 American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting in Seattle, Wash. The study was supported by a National Research initiative Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service Human Nutrition and Obesity Program. ...

ADA releases position paper on food and water safety

...water safety including: The current situation in the United States An updated section on government programs initiated under the Food Safety initiative with a report of their progress to date Background information on continued problems of food safety in the U.S. food supply Resources for food a...

Researchers team up to provide new hope for childhood hunger

...decade. The Center is a recipient of funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to conduct research as part of BioCassava Plus, an international initiative seeking to make cassava a more nutritionally rich and balanced staple plant crop. The project has demonstrated unprecedented success in enhancing cas...

Bioterrorism and disaster preparedness explored in special issue of Medical Decision Making

...arge-Scale Anthrax Attack: A Model-Based Analysis of CDC's Cities Readiness initiative Prophylaxis Recommendations," examines one of the CDC's principal bioterrorism-response programs, the Cities Readiness initiative (CRI), a program that recommends the medical countermeasures necessary to m...

Cancer's distinctive pattern of gene expression could aid early screening and prevention

... University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, to develop some of the first technology to examine genome-scale DNA methylation, is working with an NIH initiative to refine the technology to support the genome-wide DNA methylation sequencing effort. "The work of Drs. Robertson and Shi is eminently important ...

UC San Diego's $3 million NSF grant to fund science festivals

... San Diego Science Festival as a national model," said UC San Diego Vice Chancellor Penny Rue. "The San Diego community warmly embraced this inaugural initiative highlighting education in the sciencesin fact, the Festival drew 50,000 attendees to its signature Expo Day, making it the largest single-day celebrat...

$29.4 million grant establishes CTSI at NYU in partnership with Health and Hospitals Corporation

...ts and evidence-based medicine within communities, thereby reducing healthcare disparities. Eight of HHC's 11 facilities will participate in the initiative including: The South Manhattan Network (comprised of Bellevue, Metropolitan, Gouverneur and Coler-Goldwater), Woodhull, Coney Island, Kings County and...

Results from trials of DHA in Alzheimer's disease and age-related cognitive decline

...intervention." Other research studies from ICAD 2009 show advances made in biomarkers and early detection from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging initiative (ADNI), and also survey results from doctors about the enablers and barriers they face in diagnosing people with Alzheimer's. DHA (docosahexaenoic ...

22nd Congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Sept. 12-16, 2009, Turkey

... Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) The European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) is a non-profit scientific society established in 1987 on the initiative of scientists and clinicians working in Europe in neuropsychopharmacology and related areas. ECNP serves as a unique and remarkably broad interdiscipl...

'Uphold the ban'

...l countries to continue to ban the domestic trade of wild tigers," said Keshav Varma, Director at the World Bank and leader of the Bank's Global Tiger initiative at the 58th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Standing Committee. Tiger trade is prohibited internationally ...
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