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Helping People to Recover Lost Neurological Function

February 8, 2006 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.eduFebruary 9, 2006 Ranu Jung was recently honored with election as a Senior Member in the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE). Only 7.6 percent of the approximately 367,000 IEEE members worldwide hold this grade. Jung, along with Jimmy Abbas, co-direct the Center for Rehabilitation Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Engineering. The center's research investigates multiple...

Biodesign Center Cited in EMBO Report

February 8, 2006 | News

Kimberly Ovitt, Director of Communication & Institutional Advancement (480)727-8688 | kimberly.ovitt@asu.edu   The Center for Rehabilitation Neurosciences and Rehabilitation Engineering's work in the area of computer-brain interfaces recently was cited in a publication by the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). The article, which appeared in EMBO Reports in December 2005, discusses key challenges in developing devices that could be controlled by the brain to operate...

Biodesign and TGen form joint Center for Systems and Computational Biology

February 2, 2006 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu To help usher in a new era of molecular diagnostics and personalized medicine, ASU's Biodesign Institute and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) have teamed up to establish the Center for Systems and Computational Biology. One of the first of its kind in the nation, the new center will accelerate the pace of biomedical research, directly impact patient care and provide new...

ASU's Nanotech in Society Center Hosts Launch Event

January 26, 2006 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu Nanotechnology promises to have a profound impact on society. Defined as science and engineering done at the scale of a billionth of a meter, nanotechnology has been heralded by many scientists, futurists and investors as the next industrial revolution. But for every optimistic forecast of nanobots to perform microsurgery or in-body sensors to monitor human health, there are doomsday...

Arntzen elected to the board of the National Center for Genome Resources

January 18, 2006 | News

Kimberly Ovitt, Director of Communication & Institutional Advancement (480)727-8688 | kimberly.ovitt@asu.edu Charles Arntzen has been elected to the board of the National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR). NCGR is a non-profit research institute dedicated to improving human health and nutrition through collaborative research at the intersection of bioscience, computing and mathematics. Among their objectives are improved diagnosis, control and cure of infectious disease, and better...

Plant-Derived Vaccines Safeguard against Deadly Plague

January 8, 2006 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu Through an innovative feat of plant biotechnology and vaccine design, researchers in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University have successfully turned tobacco plants into vaccine production factories to combat the deadliest form of plague. The vaccine elicits a protective immune response in guinea pigs. The results are considered to be a milestone in the future development of a...

Scientists Narrow the Time Limits for the Human and Chimpanzee Split

December 20, 2005 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu A team of researchers has proposed new limits on the time when the most recent common ancestor of humans and their closest ape relatives - the chimpanzees - lived. Scientists at Arizona State and Penn State Universities have placed the time of this split between 5 and 7 million years ago - a sharper focus than that given by the previous collection of molecular and fossil studies, which...

ASU Researchers "Wire" DNA to Identify Mutations

December 18, 2005 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu A team of ASU researchers led by Nongjian Tao and Peiming Zhang has developed a new, breakthrough technique for the detection of DNA mutations. Their results, published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, demonstrate for the first time, the possibility of directly identifying these mutations, or single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), by means of...

ASU Student Gets National Grant to Develop New Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy

December 7, 2005 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu   Researcher is the First Recipient from the Biodesign Institute to Receive this Type of Award TEMPE, Ariz. – Andrea Downing dreams of developing therapies to help children with cerebral palsy. Now, she has $90,000 to kick those dreams into overdrive. Downing, a graduate student at Arizona State University, was recently announced as a recipient of the Ruth Kirschstein...

Biodesign Institute's Stephen Albert Johnston and Kathryn F. Sykes Awarded $3.2 Million to Develop Vaccine to Thwart Biothreat

December 7, 2005 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University has been awarded a $3.2 million grant to develop a safe and effective vaccine against the disease tularemia, more commonly known as "rabbit fever." The bacterium that causes the disease, Francisella tularensis , is a potential biothreat agent against which no effective vaccine currently exists. The Biodesign Institute’s Center for...