Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences has been awarded funding from Maine Sea Grant for a new study of kelp forests in the Gulf of Maine. The researchers will collaborate with government and industry partners to assess the current state of kelp forests in the region and learn how Maine can maintain a sustainable kelp industry.
People whose immune systems are compromised from illnesses such as cancer can also fall victim to infections caused by fungal pathogens, which have become a major. GlycoNet is funding translational research to test a unique approach using drug-like molecules that inhibit attachment of cell surface carbohydrates and have been shown to alter and weaken diverse medically important fungi. The project is led by Network Investigator, Leah Cowen, (University of Toronto) and her colleague Luke Whitesell (University of Toronto).
The University of Portsmouth is playing a major role in a European project using agricultural and fisheries waste to develop sustainable methods and products to improve soil quality and reduce CO2 emissions.
Jian Shi, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will use a three-year, $450,000 grant Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to pursue fundamental research on nanoscale complex materials that could lead to the development of next-generation resilient and high-performance energy conversion and sensing technologies.
Molecular biologist Professor Helle Ulrich from the Institute of Molecular Biology and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz has been awarded a Proof of Concept Grant from the European Research Council. This grant will go towards exploring the development of a new experimental tool called 'Ubiquiton,' which will enable researchers to specify the type of ubiquitin modification on any protein inside a living cell.
Researchers at the University of Liverpool are developing a new commercial blood test to improve the diagnosis and management of patients with suspected meningitis.
Acute intermittent hypoxia (AIH) is a new strategy that may have the potential to increase neuroplasticity in individuals with injuries of the spinal cord. Scientists plan to test whether repetitive administration of AIH can result in better hand and arm function in individuals with incomplete cervical SCI. 'This is an exciting project that may change the way we think about rehabilitation for spinal cord injury,' said Dr. Kirshblum.
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund has awarded $2.6 million to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) for a technology-supported program for patients with unmet post-Harvey behavioral health needs.
The University of Montana and its research partners have earned a $2.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study precision medicine targeted to help Native peoples.
By applying a new spectroscopy technique to garnet containing fragments of quartz, metamorphic petrologist Frank Spear of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute thinks he's found the source of water that fuels earthquakes in volcanoes in subduction zones.