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All eyes on Alzheimer’s

September 21, 2017 | News

Alzheimer’s, a mysterious disease of cognitive decline, was first recognized a century ago. The unremitting illness continues to frustrate the best efforts toward treatment or prevention. A tidal wave of new cases in the coming decades threatens to overwhelm the nation’s healthcare system and bring tragedy to millions more patients and their families. September 21st has been declared World Alzheimer’s Day by Alzheimer’s Disease International. The occasion offers an opportunity to...

Could chili peppers become the hottest new thing in weight loss?

September 20, 2017 | News

For scorching taste buds, nothing beats the zing of a chili pepper. Now, a new ASU research study has shown that chili peppers may also be a key ingredient to melting the pounds away and reducing one’s appetite. The ASU research team, led by scientists Yue Deng and Fang Chen at the Biodesign Institute, has shown the first promising links between capsaicinoids (the active ingredient that gives chili peppers their sweat-inducing hotness) and an individual’s energy burning...

Discovery's Desert Home

September 18, 2017 | News

  Editor's note: The following story was featured in the February 15 print edition of the journal Nature.  The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University was designed to foster multidisciplinary collaboration and solve the world’s great challenges. The results speak for themselves. William Graves came to the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University (ASU) determined to change the world. The physicist had spent the past 13 years at the Massachusetts Institute of...

Fall class of faculty and new centers boost Biodesign research endeavors

September 13, 2017 | News

With the start of the fall semester and official launch of the 2017-2018 ASU academic year underway, the Biodesign Institute is pleased to welcome two new center directors and eleven faculty joining its rapidly expanding research enterprise. Recently, the Biodesign Institute celebrated Biodesign C's Topping Out ceremony, and watched the last beam – replete with hundreds of Biodesign employee signatures and well-wishes – lofted atop the framework and into prosperity. With this...

ASU selected as nation's most innovative school for third straight year

September 13, 2017 | News

    U.S. News and World Report ranks ASU ahead of Stanford, MIT For the third year in a row, Arizona State University tops the list of “most innovative schools” in the nation, recognizing the university’s groundbreaking initiatives, partnerships, programs and research. U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all three years it has had the category. The widely touted set of annual rankings by the news magazine, which compares more...

Health collaboration to harness expertise of scientists across Arizona

September 7, 2017 | News

    ASU a key player in Arizona Wellbeing Commons, an umbrella group that aims to tackle complex disease issues Arizona State University is a key player in a new health research initiative designed to harness the expertise of scientists across the state to treat diseases like cancer and address such problems as unequal access to health care. The Arizona Wellbeing Commons is a statewide collaboration of the three public universities, health providers, practitioners and...

ASU appoints world-renowned evolutionary biologist to lead new Biodesign Center

September 6, 2017 | Press Release

Cross-disciplinary center studies key forces behind evolution to empower life sciences The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University has announced today the appointment of world-renowned evolutionary biologist Michael Lynch, Ph.D., as the director of an ambitious new effort to advance the u­nderstanding of evolution across all scales of life, from whole populations to the key forces at work deep within a cell. The overarching mission of Lynch’s new Biodesign Center for Mechanisms...

When your major is just the starting point

September 1, 2017 | News

3 ASU faculty aren't doing what they originally set out to — and their lives are better, and more interesting, for it Education is what’s left after you’ve forgotten what you learned in school, Albert Einstein said. Curiosity and learning how to learn — what some call being a master learner — are far more powerful indicators of success than a choice of major. A specific field of study might just be a stepping stone to something else. Only 51 percent of college graduates...

ASU scientist scores major victory with FDA

August 28, 2017 | News

Upcoming ban on personal-care products containing prominent antimicrobials a direct result of Rolf Halden's research. Arizona State University scientist Rolf Halden jokes that his real job is to scare the public, but in the course of his work he has made the public healthier. Starting at the beginning of September, the Food and Drug Administration will prohibit the sale of personal-care products containing prominent antimicrobials, including triclosan and triclocarban — prized for their...

ASU team shines new light on photosynthesis

August 28, 2017 | News

A team of scientists from ASU’s School of Molecular Sciences and Pennsylvania State University has taken us a step closer to unlocking the secrets of photosynthesis, and possibly to cleaner fuels. Their discovery was recently published online in Science and describes the structure of a reaction center (from a heliobacterium) which preserves the characteristics of the ancestral one, and so provides new insight into the evolution of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the most...