Energy storehouses in the brain may be source of Alzheimer’s, targets of new therapy

January 23, 2018 | News

Alzheimer’s disease, a severely debilitating and ultimately fatal brain disorder, affects millions worldwide. To date, clinical efforts to find a cure or adequate treatment have met with dispiriting failure. The disease is now on an ominous course of expansion, due in part to an aging population, and is poised to become a global health emergency. The enigmatic ailment—first described over 100 years ago—remains the only leading killer without effective treatment, prevention or...

ASU research project to tackle a nuclear emergency moves to product development phase

January 17, 2018 | Media Coverage

Editor's note: The following article is an excerpt from a Genomeweb news feature When a false alarm warning of an impending nuclear missile launch recently panicked Hawaiians, it raised bigger questions on U.S. emergency preparedness. ASU has been at the research forefront with a multi-million, multi-year project aimed at helping to triage a population in the event of a nuclear emergency. Recently, GenomeWeb updated its readers on the progress of Project Bioshield, funded by the...

New power in ASU research computing

January 12, 2018 | News

ASU provides high-performance supercomputing capability to faculty To meet the world of big data and ask big questions, Arizona State University just added a powerful new research computing capability. The service will be accessible from any computer. Faculty will be entitled to 25,000 free computing hours monthly per researcher, with additional hours available for a fee. The service is open to all researchers, including staff and students. If postdoctoral researchers are sponsored by a...

ASU alumna uses her love of science to improve the lives of patients

January 11, 2018 | News

A research project, personal experience or academic course often drives students into a particular field of study. For Arizona State University alumna Teresa Brandt, it was her inherent curiosity that led her to study molecular and cellular biology. “I’m very curious and this field has allowed me to explore my curiosity in science,” Brandt said. “Exploring science and being a role model for my family and my kids in doing a job that’s meaningful and rewarding drives me to stay in...

ASU launches inaugural Lab Safety Innovation Award

January 11, 2018 | News

The Laboratory Safety Committee will issue awards for safe research practices After receiving his doctorate in microbiology in the 1980s, Mitch Magee, now a researcher in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, began studying tuberculosis (TB) in a lab on the East Coast. Because TB is a highly infectious, airborne disease, the lab purchased a centrifuge tool with a special lid to keep the bacteria from getting in the air. “We were smart. We knew what we were...

Biodesign News 2017 Year in Review

January 9, 2018 | News

2017 was a busy year for the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, full of significant discoveries, new research initiatives, and community outreach. As we get ready for major growth in 2018, look back at some of our biggest accomplishments in 2017:  

Biodesign Institute Introduces "A Sip of Science"

January 9, 2018 | News

World-renowned researchers and science aficionados converge at Valley restaurants On February 8, Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute launches a new outreach program that invites the general public to mingle with notable scientists and learn about some of the world’s most fascinating and current scientific issues. The “A Sip of Science” talks will take place at six venues from February 8 through May 8, where guests will have the opportunity to meet with biologists,...

An ocean of possibility

January 9, 2018 | News

ASU researcher Rolf Halden gives Charlie Rolsky a chance to make a difference — and he pays it forward, helps others find their way Charlie Rolsky seems to be everywhere you look on campus. Tossing carne asada on a fire on a desert camping trip with biology students. Participating in an interpretive dance performance in the Biodesign Institute. Selling biology-inspired T-shirts for charity. With tattooed sleeves, the beard of a Sumerian general and a passion for the now, he tends to...

New study explores origin of obesity

January 9, 2018 | Press Release

More than almost any other medical hazard, obesity holds widespread consequences for human health. The condition sharply raises the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, stroke, cancer, gall bladder dysfunction, osteoarthritis, metabolic syndrome… and the list goes on. Recent research highlights the fact that obesity can have its roots in infancy and early childhood, with the results persisting into adulthood, underscoring the need for aggressive intervention at...

Banner Research and ASU’s Biodesign Institute announce neuroscience scholars summer program

January 8, 2018 | Press Release

If understanding the inner workings of the brain is on your mind, now is the time to explore the Banner-ASU Neuroscience Scholars program. Top-achieving college undergraduate and graduate science students are eligible to apply for the paid eight-week scholars program, from now until March 1. Students selected for the program will work side-by-side with some of the world’s most talented scientists, clinicians and researchers in an environment devoted to neuroscientific biomedical research...