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Alex Green wins $2.1M NIH New Innovator Award

October 9, 2017 | News

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a five-year, $2.1 million grant to ASU Biodesign Institute professor and School of Molecular Sciences faculty member Alexander Green to pursue innovative approaches to major contemporary challenges in biomedical research. The highly competitive grants, which were recently announced Oct. 5, were among 86 such awards nationwide, were made under the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program supported by the NIH Common Fund. “I...

NPR correspondent on the dangers of sloppy science

October 5, 2017 | News

  Richard Harris and ASU Professor Andrew Maynard talk about how iffy research can grab headlines but dash public's hopes In 2000, it was discovered that a breast-cancer cell line used in thousands of studies was actually a melanoma cell. After the discovery, approximately 900 more studies were conducted — using the same cell line. The National Institutes of Health now requires all studies it funds to validate their cell lines. National Public Radio science correspondent and...

Physician-Scientist Research Team Awarded $1.3 Million Grant to Study Long-Term Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury

September 28, 2017 | Press Release

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a team of scientists and physicians from leading health care institutions across Phoenix a $1.3 million grant over three years to study traumatic brain injury and its relationship to dementia. The collaboration is between the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Barrow Neurological Institute and Arizona State...

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...