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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...

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...

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 research to improve cancer detection in women

October 25, 2013

Biomarkers are substances within the body that indicate the presence of a disease before the individual shows other symptoms. Researchers in the Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics at the Biodesign Institute at ASU are working to identify and test new biomarkers for a wide range of conditions based on individual patient profiles. The technologies licensed by Provista were primarily developed in the labs of professors Joshua LaBaer and Karen Anderson. "Provista is working to...

Clues about autism may come from the gut

July 3, 2013

Bacterial flora inhabiting the human gut have become one of the hottest topics in biological research. Implicated in a range of important activities including digestion, fine-tuning body weight, regulating immune response, and producing neurotransmitters that affect brain and behavior, these tiny workers form diverse communities. Hundreds of species inhabit the gut, and although most are beneficial, some can be very dangerous. In new research appearing in the journal PLOS ONE, a team led by...

Looking for a sign: ASU biomarker research

October 29, 2012

Biomarkers research initiatives seek to diagnose disease before symptoms appear Editor's note: This article appeared in the Fall edition of ASU Magazine by Christopher Vaughan   Imagine a future in which sensors constantly monitor your vital signs, sending that data to your smartphone and computer for your review, and sending it to your health providers. You may feel just a bit under the weather, but your physicians will see that your blood pressure is elevated and that...

LaBaer featured in LA Times 'Future of Healthcare' series

October 22, 2012

FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE Screenings to help treat the right cancers As cancers become more easily detected, the challenge for doctors will be determining which tumors are life-threatening and which can safely go untreated.   By Chris Woolston   Cancer is running out of places to hide. A new blood test can ferret out a single cancer cell tucked away among a billion healthy cells. Radiologists are using crystal-clear 3-D mammograms to find suspicious spots and lumps that...

Nanowell technology advances the study of proteins

August 14, 2012

Proteins are the biomolecules that carry out the business of biology.  They provide structure to our cells and tissues including muscle, cartilage, ligaments, skin and hair.  Proteins are also the machines of life, performing the molecular activities that keep us functioning including metabolizing energy, transmitting signals, attacking invaders, digesting food, dividing cells and overseeing innumerable other cellular processes. They are critical in the maintenance of health and when...

Array of light for early disease detection?

May 22, 2012

A special feature in the May 11 issue of the journal Science highlights protein array technology, touching on research conducted by Joshua LaBaer, director of the Biodesign Institute’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics. With the successful completion of the Human Genome Project, research attention is increasingly focusing on proteins. Versatile products produced from genetic templates, proteins are principal actors in both the maintenance of health and the onset of...

Clearing house for DNA gets a boost

October 19, 2011

Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute® is home to a rich trove of biological material. Known as DNASU, this growing storehouse—a sort of genetic Library of Congress—holds over 147,000 plasmids, (circular DNA samples that can be used to produce individual proteins), as well as full genome collections from numerous organisms and proteins associated with many leading human diseases. A new $6.5 million grant from the National Institute of Health will help expand a critical...