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Tuberculosis, then and now: from Old West to a new test to rapidly identify worldwide infections

March 27, 2017 | News

Tuberculosis, once better known as consumption for the way its victims wasted away, has a long and deadly history, with estimates indicating it may have killed more people than any other bacterial pathogen. Consumption played a role in many of our stories of the Old West, but even today — despite $6.6 billion spent for international TB care and prevention efforts — it remains a major risk to human health. A group of maverick scientists from Arizona, Texas and Washington, D.C., has...

An expedition to the end of the gene

March 26, 2017 | News

Proteins help account for the complexity and astonishing diversity among humans (and other living forms). They are the body’s workhorses, forming muscles, bones, cartilage, skin and blood; facilitating essential chemical reactions and protecting us from disease.  The sequencing of the human genome, however, presented science with a puzzle: despite their enormous physical variability, humans only have around 20,000 genes capable of coding for these proteins. How can this tiny...

Alex Green honored for early career achievements

March 22, 2017 | News

Honored for Zika virus work and New Investigator Award to develop valley fever test kit ASU assistant professor of the School of Molecular Sciences and Biodesign Institute researcher Alex Green earned double accolades this year, for outstanding research in molecular science. The most recent award, which comes from the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission (ABRC), will fund Green’s research on an easy to use test kit for Valley fever, which is a disease caused by fungal spores native to...

TEDxASU event to showcase 'Innovation Worth Sharing'

March 21, 2017 | News

ASU faculty, students to share their ideas and new ways of looking at issues in hopes of sparking inspiration in the audience Electricity, cellphones and the internet are just a few examples of tools we use every day that have become indispensable to modern life. None of them would have been possible without the sharing of knowledge and revolutionary ideas that make innovation possible. Arizona State University students and faculty who have made a meaningful impact on the world will speak...

Founders' Day highlights

March 20, 2017 | News

Founders’ Day 2017 honored alumni, faculty and alumni supporters whose efforts have resulted in groundbreaking research, distinguished service and visionary philanthropy. Founders’ Day 2017 exemplifies how ASU continues to evolve as the New American University. The event showcased ASU as an educational institution that advances research, champions the discovery of public value, and assumes fundamental responsibility for the communities it serves. Learn more about our award...

NASA, ASU collaboration develops new 3-D tissue culture models with immune cells to better mimic human gut infections

March 10, 2017 | Press Release

Vaccines and antimicrobials have done more to transform medicine and extend the average human lifespan than any other scientific breakthrough. Yet infectious diseases remain the world’s no. 1 leading cause of death of children and young adults.  Now, with emerging epidemic threats like Zika, Ebola, SARS, TB and others, massive increases in antimicrobial resistance, and the time and cost for developing new antimicrobial drugs and therapeutics, scientists are worried about finding ever...

Thousands of science seekers dazzled at ASU's Night of the Open Door

March 10, 2017 | News

On a picturesque, 75-degree Arizona evening, as visitors first walked through the doors of the Biodesign Institute, a buzz of excitement greeted them. There, visitors lined up to try on virtual reality goggles for a sneak peek at what the completed Biodesign building expansion would look like from the maze of construction next door. It was all part of the ASU Night of the Open Door, an annual signature event of the Arizona SciTech Festival which took place this year Feb. 25, from 3-9 p.m....

New indicators to aid Crohn’s disease diagnosis and treatment

March 9, 2017 | Press Release

The diagnosis, understanding and management of Crohn’s disease may have just received a helping hand from a joint ASU Biodesign Institute and Mayo Clinic study aimed at developing a better blood test for the disease. The study, led by Biodesign scientists Josh LaBaer and Ji Qiu, along with gastroenterologists Shabana Pasha and Jonathan Leighton from Mayo Clinic Arizona, successfully identified several molecules, called biomarkers, that were unique indicators found only in patients with...

Nobel prize ASU professor earns Research!America national honor

March 8, 2017 | News

Leland H. Hartwell, Nobel Laureate and director of the Pathfinder Center at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute and Virginia G. Piper Chair of Personalized Medicine, will receive Research!America’s Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award for his leadership and determination in building an outstanding scientific research organization as president and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) from 1997 to 2010. The Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award...

Rittmann receives Fulton Schools' Jankowski Legacy Award

March 8, 2017 | News

Regents’ Professor Bruce Rittmann recently received the Jankowski Legacy Award for 2017, which is one of the highest distinctions a Fulton Schools faculty member can achieve. The award recognizes engineering faculty with measured contributions to education, research and public service. Photographer: Jessica Hochreiter/ASU After 12 years of advancing research and education at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Regents’ Professor Bruce Rittmann has been named the 2017 recipient...