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Immune recognition of self and non-self explored in new study

May 31, 2022

Unless you are an identical twin, you probably aren’t often mistaken for someone else. Likewise, our own sense of self as distinct from all other humans is deeply ingrained since early childhood. The immune system, however, faces far greater challenges in distinguishing self from non-self. Should this complex surveillance network fail to identify a foreign intruder, like a bacterium or virus, the result may be serious, unchecked disease. Under certain circumstances, however, the immune...

ASU Biodesign Clinical Testing Laboratory receives coveted CAP accreditation

November 2, 2021

The Biodesign Clinical Testing Laboratory at Arizona State University has received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the nation’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists. The CAP Accreditation Committee has awarded accreditation based on results of rigorous onsite inspection as part of the CAP’s accreditation programs. Since the start of the pandemic, the Biodesign Institute at ASU has dedicated its specialized resources to mass testing for...

Update on COVID-19 Vaccine-Induced Neutralizing Antibodies Using a Rapid Test

October 26, 2021

Doug Lake, PhD, Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics and Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy, will present as part of the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy Wednesday Seminar Series. Join via Zoom:

ASU research on protein responsible for detection, regulation of body temp part of collection marking Nobel Prize

October 8, 2021

The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded on Oct. 3 to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian "for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch." To celebrate, the journal Nature Portfolio presented a collection including further exciting research focused on different aspects of TRP and PIEZO channels, proteins that sense these ubiquitous stimuli. Included in the collection is a paper published by scientists from Arizona State University's School of...

Mass spec detection of metabolites

October 6, 2021

Biodesign China Virtual Symposium Chad Borges, Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics, presents: Tracking the exposure of human plasma & serum samples to thawed conditions using mass spectrometry. Minjin Wang, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, presents: Protemic study in acute anti-NMDAR encephalitis patients' cerebrospinal fluid.   Participants can engage in a meaningful discussion following the presentations.   This seminar...

Organ regenerating, biologics for transplantation and wound healing

October 6, 2021

Biodesign China Virtual Symposium Alexandra Lucas, Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics​​ and Bi-Sen Ding, State Key Lab of Biotherapy, Sichuan University will share presentations. Participants can engage in a meaningful discussion following the presentations.   Decoding the vascular niche regulation of lung regeneration and fibrosis, Bi-Sen Ding Fighting fire with fire: Virus-derived protein therapeutics for severe disease,...

Serpins and Immune Modulation - From Vasculitis and Lupus to COVID-19

September 15, 2021

Professor Alex Lucas, M.D., Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics, is presenting as part of the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy Wednesday Seminar Series. Join us via Zoom:

SARS-CoV-2: a theme and variations

August 11, 2021

The celebrations were well underway. America seemed to be emerging from the depths of the COVID-19 crisis, following some of the darkest days in the nation’s history. A vast reduction in infections, hospitalizations, and fatalities, driven by improved therapies and above all, a suite of highly effective vaccines, had brought a collective sigh of relief. The July 4th festivities were euphorically anticipated, marking not only the nation’s independence from colonial rule but its...

Translating innovation from the lab to the marketplace

June 18, 2021

Academic entrepreneurs looking to translate their research from the lab to the marketplace often face a daunting challenge: the valley of death. This is the point in the innovation cycle where many technologies meet their demise. It represents the period when opportunities for governmental funding that support fundamental science breakthroughs have been exhausted, at the same time when industry investors are waiting for more testing and finishing touches. For researchers at Arizona...

Variances in critical protein may guide fate of those infected with SARS CoV-2

March 22, 2021

Of the many perplexing questions surrounding SARS CoV-2, a mysterious new pathogen that has killed an estimated 2.6 million people worldwide, perhaps the most insistent is this: why does the illness seem to strike in such a haphazard way, sometimes sparing the 100 year old grandmother, while killing healthy young men and women in the prime of life? A new study by Karen Anderson, Abhishek Singharoy and their colleagues at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, may offer some...