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National Academy of Inventors announces pair of ASU researchers as 2017 NAI Fellows

December 13, 2017 | Press Release

Stephen Albert Johnston and Deirdre R. Meldrum honored Stephen Albert Johnston and Deirdre R. Meldrum of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University have been named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the organization has announced. Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible...

New imaging technology peers deep into the unfathomed 3D world of living single cells to advance disease diagnostics

December 6, 2017 | Press Release

Medical imaging technology like MRIs and CT scans have revolutionized the way patients are diagnosed with injuries and disease by enabling doctors to non-invasively look beneath the patient’s skin. Now, similar imaging advances may soon propel discoveries for the biomedical research community with a new technology ---called live-cell, CT (or LCCT) --- that was recently developed by a team of ASU inventors to enable biologists to explore the inside of living, single cells. With a premise...

Biodesign Institute opens labs to Arizona’s Chief Science Officer students for one-of-a-kind event

December 1, 2017 | News

Nearly 60 middle and high school students spent a special day meeting with scientific mentors and touring the state-of-the-art research laboratories up close at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University on November 28. The students are part of Arizona’s Chief Science Officers (CSO) program, elected by their peers at school to serve as advocates for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. The CSO movement aims to get more young people interested and involved in...

Community support: Dorothy Foundation donates to project to diagnose pancreatic cancer earlier

November 17, 2017 | News

Last year, pancreatic cancer overtook breast cancer as the third leading cause of cancer deaths. With a five-year survival rate of just 8 percent, it is one of the most deadly forms of cancer. But with early detection, that survival rate rises to 60 percent, even with conventional treatments. That’s why the Dorothy Foundation donated $25,000 to a project led by Stephen Johnston, director of the Biodesign Center for Innovations in Medicine and professor at the ASU School of Life...

Genome fidelity and its consequences for cellular health

November 16, 2017 | News

Non-inherited, chance mutations may also provide a new window into understanding human disease  It’s biology’s version of the whisper game.  Inside a cell, every DNA phrase or sentence that makes a protein, known as a gene, first must be precisely copied, to ensure its instructions can properly build the foundation of life. But much like children tasked in the game with faithfully whispering a phrase to one another, each time, there is the possibility of introducing errors...

Climate Change Theatre Action event pairs Biodesign scientists, Herberger actors

November 15, 2017 | News

The Biodesign Institute played host to “Climate Change Theatre Action” Tuesday, an event communicating some of the most pressing sustainability issues of our society, by featuring three performances by ASU student actors followed by presentations from Biodesign scientists. The event filled the Biodesign auditorium and was presented in partnership with the ASU Herberger Institute School of Film, Dance and Theatre. It was one of 211 similar events held in 38 countries to address climate...

Learning from Photosynthesis

November 13, 2017 | Press Release

The green sulfur bacterium makes its home in the chilly waters of the Black Sea. To eek out its lonely existence, this life form scavenges energy from the feeble sunlight available to it at a depth of over 250 feet. Plants perform the same remarkable trick, gathering radiant energy from the sun and converting it to biological energy essential for growth.  This process—perfected over billions of years—is known as photosynthesis. Now, Hao Yan and Neal Woodbury from ASU’s...

Statewide gathering goes viral

November 13, 2017 | News

Arizona State University and the University of Arizona—infamous rivals on the playing field—joined forces for a special joint conference on virology. The first-of-its-kind event took place at the Biodesign Institute at ASU on Friday, November 3rd and presented a broad range of research concerning one of the more enigmatic entities in the biological world. The gathering was co-hosted by Grant McFadden, director of the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy and...

Founding director of ASU’s Biodesign Institute, Charles Arntzen, retires

November 9, 2017 | Press Release

Arntzen's creative science leads to discovery of Ebola antidote   From his roots as a fair-haired Minnesota farm boy to climbing the ladder of success in big pharma to blazing a translational academic research path into life-saving therapies, Charles Arntzen has led one extraordinary life in science.  During the course of a prolific career, Arntzen and his collaborators have gained international recognition and helped burnish a special shine on ASU’s star with their dedicated...

Biodesign tent wows students and families at ASU Homecoming

November 2, 2017 | News

The Biodesign Institute welcomed nearly 1,600 guests to “Science is the Force,” its Star Wars-themed tent at the 2017 ASU Homecoming block party. The tent, one of Biodesign’s signature outreach events, featured five hands-on science experiences inspired by the Star Wars series and Biodesign research. Visitors had the chance to make midichlorian coasters with nature’s fractal patterns, learn Jedi secrets about scientific discoveries and watch Wookie toothpaste form as a reaction to a...