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ASU and Mayo Lead "MAC Attack" to Accelerate Cancer Research

February 15, 2006 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu   In terms of a medical diagnosis, nothing is more devastating than hearing the "C" word – cancer. But now, ASU and Mayo Clinic are hoping that five different C’s will become the best arsenal against the big C. The organizations have teamed up to introduce a new research entity called MAC5. MAC5 is short for the Mayo Clinic – ASU Center for Cancer-related Convergence,...

The Biodesign Institute Recruits Major Talent to Launch Center for BioEnergetics

February 15, 2006 | News

Kimberly Ovitt, Director of Communication & Institutional Advancement (480)727-8688 | kimberly.ovitt@asu.edu Miller to Lead New Initiative in Translational Mitochondrial Research The Biodesign Institute has hired Guy Miller, MD, PhD to direct a new Center for BioEnergetics. In doing so, ASU has retained a renowned physician, scientist, innovator and humanitarian. Miller is a physician specializing in surgical-critical care medicine, and is a leading researcher in the area of energy...

Earth Rx: A Microbial Biotechnology Prescription for Global Environmental Health

February 14, 2006 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu   Water. Waste. Energy. This trio of problems is among the greatest challenges to the environmental health of society. Water purification alone is becoming more problematic in the world due to our increasingly reliance on contaminated sources, such as polluted rivers, lakes and groundwater. "All of these issues are closely interrelated," says Bruce Rittmann, director of the...

Helping People to Recover Lost Neurological Function

February 8, 2006 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.eduFebruary 9, 2006 Ranu Jung was recently honored with election as a Senior Member in the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE). Only 7.6 percent of the approximately 367,000 IEEE members worldwide hold this grade. Jung, along with Jimmy Abbas, co-direct the Center for Rehabilitation Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Engineering. The center's research investigates multiple...

Biodesign Center Cited in EMBO Report

February 8, 2006 | News

Kimberly Ovitt, Director of Communication & Institutional Advancement (480)727-8688 | kimberly.ovitt@asu.edu   The Center for Rehabilitation Neurosciences and Rehabilitation Engineering's work in the area of computer-brain interfaces recently was cited in a publication by the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). The article, which appeared in EMBO Reports in December 2005, discusses key challenges in developing devices that could be controlled by the brain to operate...

Biodesign and TGen form joint Center for Systems and Computational Biology

February 2, 2006 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu To help usher in a new era of molecular diagnostics and personalized medicine, ASU's Biodesign Institute and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) have teamed up to establish the Center for Systems and Computational Biology. One of the first of its kind in the nation, the new center will accelerate the pace of biomedical research, directly impact patient care and provide new...

ASU's Nanotech in Society Center Hosts Launch Event

January 26, 2006 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu Nanotechnology promises to have a profound impact on society. Defined as science and engineering done at the scale of a billionth of a meter, nanotechnology has been heralded by many scientists, futurists and investors as the next industrial revolution. But for every optimistic forecast of nanobots to perform microsurgery or in-body sensors to monitor human health, there are doomsday...

Arntzen elected to the board of the National Center for Genome Resources

January 18, 2006 | News

Kimberly Ovitt, Director of Communication & Institutional Advancement (480)727-8688 | kimberly.ovitt@asu.edu Charles Arntzen has been elected to the board of the National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR). NCGR is a non-profit research institute dedicated to improving human health and nutrition through collaborative research at the intersection of bioscience, computing and mathematics. Among their objectives are improved diagnosis, control and cure of infectious disease, and better...

Plant-Derived Vaccines Safeguard against Deadly Plague

January 8, 2006 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu Through an innovative feat of plant biotechnology and vaccine design, researchers in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University have successfully turned tobacco plants into vaccine production factories to combat the deadliest form of plague. The vaccine elicits a protective immune response in guinea pigs. The results are considered to be a milestone in the future development of a...

Scientists Narrow the Time Limits for the Human and Chimpanzee Split

December 20, 2005 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu A team of researchers has proposed new limits on the time when the most recent common ancestor of humans and their closest ape relatives - the chimpanzees - lived. Scientists at Arizona State and Penn State Universities have placed the time of this split between 5 and 7 million years ago - a sharper focus than that given by the previous collection of molecular and fossil studies, which...