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Study Looks for DNA Changes to Measure Parkinson’s Disease

February 4, 2019 | News

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Arizona State University (ASU) have received funding from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) to launch a multiyear, $1.7 million effort to identify blood-based biomarkers of Parkinson’s disease (PD), which could improve care and accelerate new treatments for the neurodegenerative disorder, which affects nearly 1 million Americans, with 60,000 new cases diagnosed annually. “The exact...

Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease while holding on to humanity

January 31, 2019 | News

The challenge of Alzheimer’s disease is hard for the patient, painful for the family and, in many ways, still baffling for researchers.  “There is no way to predict the manifestations or the rate of progression of the disease,” said Mary-Charlotte Domandi, host of the ASU Now podcast "Thought Huddle." In the latest episode, “Alzheimer’s Disease: Holding on to Humanity,” she recounts her own experience with her stepfather who had Alzheimer’s, remembering an...

Science Day at the Arizona Capitol

January 31, 2019 | News

Some 65 students and scientists from Arizona State University are expected to converge in Phoenix on Tuesday, Feb. 5 for the first-ever Science Day at the Arizona Capitol. This event is the brainchild of the Arizona Science Policy Network, a group of ASU students who are especially interested in opening lines of communication between scientists and government leaders. “Our event will be a success if we can ignite a long-term relationship with the state’s policymakers”, said Caitlyn...

Natural killers: Biodesign researcher enhances ability of immune system to fight off cancer

January 28, 2019 | News

Cancer remains a leading cause of death globally and is the focus of exhaustive and varied medical research. Many of ASU’s Biodesign Institute researchers are working to establish alternative therapies that sidestep the harmful effects of chemotherapy and radiation while improving the success rate for the more difficult-to-treat cancers. These immunotherapies are innovative treatments that leverage the body’s own defense infrastructure to recognize and destroy diseased cells. Bo Ning,...

ASU start-up wins Arizona Innovation Challenge

January 24, 2019 | News

Breezing, a spin-out company that was the result of discoveries made at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, was recently named an Arizona Innovation Challenge winner by the Arizona Commerce Authority. The start-up, founded by NJ Tao, director of the Biodesign Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors, and Erica Forzani, a researcher in the center and an associate professor at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, has developed a wearable device that offers precise...

Former Biodesign student researcher makes journey as Gates Cambridge Scholar

January 22, 2019 | News

Arizona and Zimbabwe are at opposite ends of the alphabet, and traveling from one to the other really has been a trip from A to Z for Charity Bhebhe. The Arizona State University graduate from Barrett, The Honors College has made the journey, and those who don’t understand what that entails should find her impression of ASU and Tempe instructive. “It was very hot, but it’s very well developed and the transport system is really organized,” Bhebhe says. “There’s free internet,...

Biodesign C building designated Best of the Best Project nationwide

January 17, 2019 | News

Arizona State University’s Biodesign C building was recently awarded as the national Best of the Best Project in the Higher Education/Research category by ENR (Engineering News Record), a publication focusing on engineering and construction news. Approximately 200 projects were considered for the honor, spanning 10 regions across America. “Biodesign C is an impressive structure, and the work that is taking place inside is impressive as well,” said Joshua LaBaer, executive director of...

What is Clean Breathing Water?

January 16, 2019 | News

PHILADELPHIA (January 16, 2019) ­­– “Don’t drink the water” might be good enough advice to keep you from getting sick in some places, but according to researchers from Arizona State and Drexel University, the admonition should probably be expanded to “…try not to breathe the water either.” In research recently published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, the group takes a closer look at how the spray from showers, sinks and toilets can expose us to the...

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

January 10, 2019 | News

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 training program. Applications must be received by 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...

ASU researchers address a primary cause of treatment failure for pancreatic cancer

January 10, 2019 | News

As the second leading cause of death worldwide, cancer is a focal point in both clinical research and health care fields, but not all cancers are created equal. While some cancers are now much less deadly due to recent medical advances, other aggressive cancers remain highly resistant to currently available therapies. This therapy resistance is a leading cause of cancer-associated death. Pancreatic cancer is an extreme example of this effect, and therapy resistance is a major reason why only...