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Biodesign Faculty Athena Aktipis to Give Live Cancer Lecture at Harvard Museums

April 4, 2018 | News

Arizona State University Biodesign faculty Athena Aktipis will be speaking today at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture on how using an evolutionary approach to understanding cancer can change how we treat the disease. The lecture will be livestreamed on the museum’s Facebook page. Aktipis, who is affiliated with the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy, will be discussing how evolution underlies the processes that lead cancer cells to grow and to become...

‘Science Exposed’ To Merge Art, Science to Increase Awareness

March 30, 2018 | News

For the second year in a row, scientists from Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute and artists from Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts have partnered for one-night-only performances of “Science Exposed: Bringing Science to Life through the Arts” that combine creativity, sound, dance and scientific curiosity. Nine scientists have teamed up with 18 students to create 13 innovative artistic collaborations that explore the effects of Lyme Disease, how opportunistic germs...

Peptides offer fresh insights for cancer diagnosis and treatment

March 28, 2018 | News

Genes and proteins play essential roles in the maintenance of health and the development of disease and are the focus of the fields of genomics and proteomics, respectively. Genes, which are composed of 4 nucleic acids, provide the blueprint for constructing all living forms, while proteins, which are composed of some 20 amino acids, are the body’s tireless day laborers, building organs and tissues, forming a complex defense network of antibodies, transporting essential materials to...

Space business is big business

March 28, 2018 | News

Once, space was a vast emptiness beyond earth, hostile and remote. Today, space is humming with satellites essential for global telecommunications and human occupied vehicles that provide an innovative platform for cutting edge scientific research that is benefiting life in space and on Earth. Indeed, many Earth-bound innovations have benefited from space research, from advanced solar cells to developments in parallel computing and major advances in human health. In a path-breaking new...

Biotech pioneers, Bruce Rittmann and Mark van Loosdrecht, win 2018 Stockholm Water Prize

March 22, 2018 | News

By revolutionizing microbiological-based technologies in water and wastewater treatment, Professors Mark van Loosdrecht and Bruce Rittmann have demonstrated the possibilities to remove harmful contaminants from water, cut wastewater treatment costs, reduce energy consumption, and even recover chemicals and nutrients for recycling. Their pioneering research and innovations have led to a new generation of energy-efficient water treatment processes that can effectively extract nutrients and...

New Biodesign Travel Grants send students to Japan, Chicago, Palm Springs

March 21, 2018 | News

Five students affiliated with Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute are the first recipients of the new Biodesign Student Travel Grant. The funding for this program was received from ASU Sun Devil Giving Day, a university-wide event in which Sun Devils from campus and all over the world are invited to show support for the university by engaging in online giving. Supporting students as they travel to career-building conferences is just one way to participate in 2018’s Sun Devil...

New study unveils role of microglial cells, viral linkage in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease

March 14, 2018 | News

In their attempts to untangle the mystery of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), researchers have traditionally focused on damage to the basic building blocks of thought—the neurons. Numbering close to a hundred billion, neurons form a communications network of unmatched complexity, helping to oversee essential physical functions and acting as repositories of our identity, emotions and memory.   More recently however, interest in the non-neuronal cells inhabiting the central nervous system...

Cybersecurity expert speaks out on digital threats and bio-inspired solutions, part of “A Sip of Science” series

March 7, 2018 | News

Our current approach to cybersecurity is not working and it threatens our democracy, economy and critical infrastructure, according to ASU Biodesign professor Stephanie Forrest. Forrest spoke to a group of Phoenix area residents Tuesday night for “A Sip of Science” at The Market by Jennifer’s restaurant. Forrest is director of the Biodesign Center for Biocomputing, Security and Society at Arizona State University and a professor at ASU’s School of Computing, Informatics and Decision...

Biodesign hosts community dialogue on Alzheimer’s disease research, part of “A Sip of Science” series

March 5, 2018 | News

Nearly 80 people attended the Biodesign Institute’s latest “Sip of Science” event Sunday evening at Tomaso's Italian restaurant in Phoenix. Neuroscientists Paul Coleman and Diego Mastroeni took questions from the audience about the latest Alzheimer’s science and efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease. “The Brain Explained” was the third event of “A Sip of Science,” a new community dialogue hosted by the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. It brings...

Gemneo Bioscience receives entrepreneurship award from Flinn Foundation

March 1, 2018 | News

Gemneo Bioscience, a genomics technology company seeking to revolutionize diagnosis and treatment for cancer and other diseases, was named last week as one of six Arizona bioscience startup firms that will participate in the Flinn Foundation’s 2018 Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program. Gemneo will receive $30,000 in funding support and program services through a nonprofit partner. Gemneo was selected from 30 applicants, a record for the program. “The six companies chosen this year are...