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EPA grant to University of Chicago for research on food allergy triggers

WASHINGTON The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $433,100 grant to the University of Chicago to investigate how allergic reactions to food are initiated. The research is expected to lead to improved methods to assess whether pesticides produced in genetically engineered plants ca...

Iowa State University researchers develop process for 'surgical' genetic changes

AMES, Iowa - Research led by scientists at Iowa State University's Plant Sciences Institute has resulted in a process that will make genetic changes in plant genes much more efficient, practical and safe. The breakthrough was developed by David Wright, an associate scientist, and Jeffery Townsen...

Promising new treatment for Alzheimer's suggested based on Hebrew University research

Research carried out at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has resulted in a promising approach to help treat Alzheimer's disease in a significant proportion of the population that suffers from a particularly rapid development of this disease. In the research at the Silberman Institute of Life...

Kornberg Associates Architects Selected to Develop Design for New Stanford University Imaging Center

MENLO PARK, Calif., June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Kornberg Associates | Architects ( www.kornberg.com ) has been selected by Stanford University to design a new Cognitive & Neurobiological Imaging Center. Ken Kornberg, president and founder, made the announcement. The firm has worked with Sta...

Environmental cues control reproductive timing and longevity, University of Minnesota study shows

When humans and animals delay reproduction because food or other resources are scarce, they may live longer to increase the impact of reproduction, according to a new study by University of Minnesota researchers published in the June 25 issue of PLoS (Public Library of Science) One . The disco...

McGill University receives almost $63 million under CFI program to support five research projects

This release is available in French . Dr. Denis Thrien, Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) of McGill University today welcomed the Canada Foundation for Innovation's (CFI) investment of $32,649,184 supporting five projects led by Dr. David Plant, Dr. Paul Lasko, Dr. Davi...

Rice University researchers ask if biofuels will lead to a 'drink or drive'

Rice University scientists warned that the United States must be careful that the new emphasis on developing biofuels as an alternative to imported oil takes into account potential damage to the nation's water resources. "The ongoing, rapid growth in biofuels production could have far-reaching ...

Boston University biomedical engineers teach bacteria to count

BOSTON (05-28-09) -- Biomedical engineers at Boston University have taught bacteria how to count. Professor James J. Collins and colleagues have wired a new sequence of genes that allow the microbes to count discrete events, opening the door for a host of potential applications, which could includ...

Hebrew University researchers neutralize tumor growth in embryonic stem cell therapy

Jerusalem, May 5, 2009 Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have discovered a method to potentially eliminate the tumor-risk factor in utilizing human embryonic stem cells. Their work paves the way for further progress in the promising field of stem cell therapy. Human embryonic ...

Ben-Gurion University research and technology used in new solar energy farm

BEER-SHEVA, ISRAEL, April 28, 2009 ZenithSolar, an Israeli start-up company, launched its first "solar farm" near Tel Aviv on April 26, based on concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems developed by Prof. David Faiman of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). ZenithSolar Video Faiman,...

International honor for University of East Anglia ocean researcher

An environmental scientist from the University of East Anglia (UEA) has won a prestigious international prize for her outstanding contribution to oceanography. Prof Karen Heywood will be awarded the Georg Wst Prize at a meeting of the European Geophysical Union assembly in Vienna on Wednesday ...

Concordia University receives more than $22 million for genomics research

Montreal, April 20, 2009 Concordia University is pleased to announce that researchers Adrian Tsang and Vincent Martin of the Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics have been awarded more than $22 million to further advance the innovative genome research being conducted at Concordia. This ...

Case Western Reserve University engineers hit pay dirt with clay mixture

A watery, mud-like substance has hit pay dirt for Case Western Reserve University engineering professor David Schiraldi and his research group. The researchers have created a line of patented foam-like and environmentally friendly polymers, called clay aerogel composites that can take on the s...

Case Western Reserve University receives $1.66m grant from NIH for otoprotection research

CLEVELAND April 13, 2009 Qing Yin Zheng, M.D., assistant professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Genetics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and member of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been awarded a five year $1.66 million grant from the Nationa...

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev signs collaborative contract with Bayer CropScience

BEER-SHEVA, ISRAEL, April 8, 2009 Extreme temperatures and limited water availability are major stresses for plants and cause dramatic losses to agriculture around the world. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has announced the establishment of a research collaboration with Bayer BioScience N.V....

CFI awards $854,098 to University of Montreal and partners

This release is available in French . Montreal, April 8, 2009 Research infrastructure at the Universit de Montral and two of its affiliated research centres has received a boost, thanks to the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and matching funds from the Government of Quebec and the...

Two innovative University of Texas at Austin biologists become HHMI Early Career Scientists

AUSTIN, Texas Two University of Texas at Austin biologists join 50 of the nation's best early career science faculty to focus on their boldest and potentially transformative research ideas with support from a new initiative from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). As Early Career Scien...

Nanyang Technological University and University of California, Berkeley pursue research alliance

UC Berkeley and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, aims to achieve new peaks in research excellence through collaboration in three research areas which are of significance globally - synthetic biology, stem cells and energy efficiency. A joint workshop was held on 23 and 24 Ma...

Hebrew University professor's work leads to FDA approval for product

Jerusalem, March 25, 2009 A material developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem that is designed to prevent adhesions (scar tissue) following surgery has led to approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of a product for use in pediatric cardiac surgery patients. The product...

The University of Miami receives grants from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s Ocean Fund

MIAMI University of Miami's (UM's) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is pleased to announce they have received two grants totaling $101,000 from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd's Ocean Fund. One award for $51,000 will be used to re-energize and fully automate the scientific research...

K-State researchers work with university in Ghana to create biofuels from native tree seeds

A short rainy season and desertification make growing food in northern Ghana difficult enough. It doesn't help that in this western African country there is little fuel available to power tractors for planting crops or to power grain milling. Researchers at Kansas State University think that th...

Tufts University professor receives IADR Pharmacology/Therapeutics/Toxicology Award

Alexandria, Va. The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) has selected Dr. Athena Papas, from Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, as the 2009 recipient of the Pharmacology/Therapeutics/Toxicology Research Award. The award will be presented at the IADR 87th General Session...

IADR Wilmer Souder Award presented to University of Colorado professor

Alexandria, Va. The 2009 Wilmer Souder Award is being presented to Dr. Jeffrey Stansbury, from the University of Colorado, Aurora, USA. The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) will present the award at its 87th General Session & Exhibition in Miami, Florida, USA, on April 1, 2009...

Troutlodge, University of Miami sign aquaculture agreement

Seattle, Wash. -- The University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science has entered into an agreement with Seattle-based Troutlodge Marine to cooperate on the research and commercialization of cobia and other tropical marine fish species. The agreement calls for the joi...

Ben-Gurion University engineers develop technique to help combat nuclear proliferation

BEER-SHEVA, ISRAEL, March 4, 2009 Ben-Gurion University of the Negev engineers have developed a technique to "denature" plutonium created in large nuclear reactors, making it unsuitable for use in nuclear arms. By adding Americium (Am 241), a form of the basic synthetic element found in commerc...

'Undesirable' evolution can be reversed in fish, Stony Brook University scientists show

STONY BROOK, NY, March 3, 2009 "Undesirable" evolution in fish which makes their bodies grow smaller and fishery catches dwindle -- can actually be reversed in a few decades' time by changing our "take-the-biggest-fish" approach to commercial fishing, according to groundbreaking new research pub...

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers develop new reversible, green window technology

BEER-SHEVA, ISRAEL, March 3, 2009 -- Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have developed a new, highly energy-efficient window technology, featuring two reversible panes that will save energy all year round in homes and office buildings. "The 'Seasons Window' features the only ...

Queen's University Belfast improves Malaysian public health

Queen's University and University of Malaya (UM) today announced the establishment of the Centre for Population Health in Malaysia. This is the first Centre of its kind in improving the health of Malaysians. Examining the communities in terms of their diet and disease, conducting research i...

If you're aggressive, your dog will be too, says veterinary study at University of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA - In a new, year-long University of Pennsylvania survey of dog owners who use confrontational or aversive methods to train aggressive pets, veterinary researchers have found that most of these animals will continue to be aggressive unless training techniques are modified. The study...

Famous fossil Lucy scanned at the University of Texas at Austin

AUSTIN, TexasResearchers at The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with the Ethiopian government, have completed the first high-resolution CT scan of the world's most famous fossil, Lucy, an ancient human ancestor who lived 3.2 million years ago. Lucy is in the United States as pa...

Concordia University leads academic team for national Cellulosic Biofuels Network

This release is available in French . MONTREAL, CANADA/ January 28, 2009 Concordia University is pleased to announce that Concordia's Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics (CSFG) will be coordinating the academic research done by nine universities which are part of the Cellulosi...

Queen's University Belfast works to save Strangford horse mussels

Queen's University Belfast is working on a three-year study to conserve and restore endangered horse mussel reefs in Strangford Lough. Marine biologists based at the University's marine research and outreach centre in Portaferry in County Down, which is part of the School of Biological Sciences...

Rice University psychologist finds women's brains recognize, encode smell of male sexual sweat

A new Rice University study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that socioemotional meanings, including sexual ones, are conveyed in human sweat. Denise Chen, assistant professor of psychology at Rice, looked at how the brains of female volunteers processed and encoded the smell of...

Avian flu becoming more resistant to antiviral drugs, says University of Colorado study

A new University of Colorado at Boulder study shows the resistance of the avian flu virus to a major class of antiviral drugs is increasing through positive evolutionary selection, with researchers documenting the trend in more than 30 percent of the samples tested. The avian flu, an Influenza ...

Hebrew University scientists reveal mechanism that triggers differentiation of embryo cells

Jerusalem, December 21, 2008 The mechanism whereby embryonic cells stop being flexible and turn into more mature cells that can develop into specific tissues has been discovered by scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The discovery has significant consequences towards furthering resea...

Tufts University Prof. Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos named as AAAS Fellow

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos of Tufts University's School of Engineering has been selected as an AAAS Fellow for distinguished contributions to the field of catalysis, particularly for new insights in oxidation reactions on nanoscale metal oxides in fuel conversion and ...

'Hobbit' fossils represent a new species, concludes University of Minnesota anthropologist

University of Minnesota anthropology professor Kieran McNulty (along with colleague Karen Baab of Stony Brook University in New York) has made an important contribution toward solving one of the greatest paleoanthropological mysteries in recent history -- that fossilized skeletons resembling a myt...

Columbia University scientist devises new way to more rapidly generate bone tissue

NEW YORK (Dec. 15, 2008) Using stem cell lines not typically combined, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have designed a new way to "grow" bone and other tissues. The inability to foster angiogenesis a physiological process involving the growth of new blood vessels from pre-ex...

Queen's University Belfast plays leading role in Europe-wide tests for safer food

A top food scientist at Queen's University Belfast is playing a major role in a 4m European project to develop new techniques to detect chemical contaminants in food and animal feed. Professor Chris Elliott, Director of the Institute of Agri-Food and Land Use at Queen's, will lead a team of...

Wii bit of fun at Rice University has serious intent

Why are some people fast learners? Can we teach everybody to be like them? Yes, Wii can. A Rice University research project recently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) is making use of Nintendo's popular video game technology to codify learning systems in ways that can be used in ...
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