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ASU, Mayo Clinic collaborate to advance medicine through joint research

December 1, 2015

2016 seed-grant recipients announced Arizona State University, in partnership with Mayo Clinic in Arizona, has announced the recipients of the 2016 ASU-Mayo Seed Grant Program. The program funds critical joint research projects in the health field led by scientists from both ASU and Mayo Clinic. The awardees this year are making innovative strides in the treatment of cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart failure and infectious diseases, as well as advancing nanobody technology and...

Biodesign’s Anderson named Health Care Hero

August 25, 2015

The Phoenix Business Journal has named ASU Biodesign Institute and Mayo Clinic cancer researcher Karen Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., a Health Care Hero and presented her with its annual top doctor honor, the 2015 Physician Award. Anderson’s front-line work in oncology is leading a momentous shift to better match treatments based on each patient’s unique genetic profile, called precision medicine. At ASU’s Biodesign Institute, Anderson and her colleagues are developing new ways to diagnose...

What are you going to do about it?

April 21, 2015

“You folks are doing fabulous, world-changing work here.” -Jude LaCava   Guest blogger and local Fox10 sportscaster Jude LaCava shares with us his personal story of how he became involved in supporting game-changing Biodesign cancer research.    by Jude LaCava I live in a world of games as a sports reporter.  Covering athletic contests is like covering the toy department of life. But my passion is what really matters in life and that is life...

Surveying telltale signs of ovarian cancer

March 12, 2015

This year, ovarian cancer will claim over 125,000 lives worldwide. The deadly disease remains the fifth leading cause of cancer-related mortality in U.S. women, killing about 15,000 per year.  While diagnostic screening has long been a watchword, efforts to identify the disease in its early stages often fail. By the time ovarian cancer is detected, it has typically progressed to an advanced phase, where the 5-year survival rate falls below 30 percent.  Josh LaBaer, MD, PhD., and...

Lecture explores life by other means

February 23, 2015

The lecture, entitled "Where Biochemical Causality and Emergence Meet," was part of a special session: "Searching for Alternative Chemistries of Life on Earth and Throughout the Universe."   The interlinked lectures posed fundamental questions regarding the nature of life and plausible alternatives to what biologists refer to as “the central dogma,” which describes the flow of genetic information from DNA to RNA to proteins.   The central dogma neatly describes a process...

ASU Biodesign Institute hosts national proteomics conference

February 19, 2015

Arizona State University will host leaders of a premier national research organization at the 11th Annual U.S. Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) national conference, March 15 through Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Billed as “not your grandparents' proteomics meeting,” this year’s theme of “Next Generation Proteomics” will provide opportunities to experience presentations from top scientists, both up-and-coming and established, on cutting-edge topics.      Among the...

Ebola: new studies model a deadly epidemic

February 5, 2015

On Dec. 26, 2013, a two-year-old boy living in the Guinean village of Meliandou, Guéckédou Prefecture was stricken with a rare disease, caused by the filament-shaped Ebola virus. The child is believed to be the first case in what soon became a flood-tide of contagion, ravaging the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, infecting over 21,000 cases as of Jan. 21, according to the World Health Organization, with nearly 9000 confirmed deaths—the actual toll likely...

Alliance Beverage donates $25,000 to ASU Biodesign Institute

December 23, 2014

Alliance Beverage Charity Golf Classic supports research into melanoma detection Most Arizona golfers know that they should guard against the risks of skin cancer. But few realize that Arizona has some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. This year, hundreds of golfers at the Alliance Beverage Charity Golf Classic are helping raise awareness and advance research. Their donation of $25,000 will help accelerate the development of a technology aimed at detecting melanoma – the...

ASU researchers produce devices for early, low-cost cancer diagnosis

December 14, 2014

It’s the one word no one wants to hear escape from their doctor’s lips. But each year, 12.7 million people around the world do. The word is cancer, a disease that kills millions and costs billions to treat. It is a global health threat, affecting the citizens of developed and developing countries alike. Ask an oncologist about the best way to beat the disease, and her response will likely be, “Start treatment as early as possible.” But first, you need to diagnose it. That’s often...

Fernanda Festa garners Phoenix Business Journal’s ’40 Under 40’ honors

June 25, 2013

ASU Biodesign Institute postdoctoral researcher and cancer biologist Fernanda Festa, Ph.D., has been named to the Phoenix Business Journal’s annual “Forty Under 40” list, which honors outstanding young leaders in the metropolitan area.  Festa, a native of Brazil, says that the main event that changed her life and gave her the passion to pursue cancer research was the loss of one of her staunchest supporters, her beloved grandfather, who succumbed to glioblastoma (a type of brain...