Charité leads on three new EU-funded projects

Researchers from Charité — Universitätsmedizin Berlin have successfully convinced the EU Commission of the quality of their research proposals. As a result, the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program will provide funding for a total of nine collaborative research projects, three of which will be led by Charité. For its involvement in all nine…

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Green turtle: The success of the reintroduction program in Cayman Islands

IMAGE: Overexploitation of the green turtle in the Cayman Islands caused the disappearance of nesting populations. view more  Credit: Cayman Turtle Center (CTC) The reintroduction program for the green turtle in the Cayman Islands is crucial in order to recover this species, which are threatened by the effects of human overexploitation, according to a study published…

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FDA grant to help scientists increase generic drugs delivered vaginally or to the uterus

BUFFALO, N.Y. ¬- University at Buffalo researchers received an $880,000 grant to help quicken the development of generic equivalents of contraceptives and other drugs delivered vaginally or to the uterus, such as by intrauterine devices (IUD). The investigators will develop a model of the female reproductive tract based on physiological measurements and mathematics that will…

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Mount Sinai Partners with Paradigm Biopharmaceuticals Ltd. and ReqMed Company, Ltd. to repurpose drug to battle rare MPS diseases

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has entered into two exclusive licenses to develop the drug pentosan polysulfate sodium for the treatment of mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS), with Australia-based company Paradigm Biopharmaceuticals Ltd. (ASX: PAR) and ReqMed Company, Ltd. of Japan. MPS is a group of 11 lysosomal storage diseases, metabolic disorders caused by genetic…

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Placentas adapt when mothers have poor diets or low oxygen during pregnancy

Cambridge researchers have discovered the placenta regulates how much oxygen and nutrients it transports to babies during challenging pregnancies in a study using mice to model conditions in the womb. The placenta is the least understood organ and is notoriously difficult to study in pregnant women. But its ability to function properly is vital as…

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Researchers discover synaptic logic for connections between two brain hemispheres

IMAGE: (A) The structural markers for callosal (Ruby2sm-Flag) and intra-cortical (synaptophysin-mCherry) axonal terminals were expressed through a viral approach. The same dendritic segment that underwent functional mapping was reimaged with confocal… view more  Credit: Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience have developed a new combination of technologies…

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‘Happiness’ exercises can boost mood in those recovering from substance use disorder

Brief, text-based, self-administered exercises can significantly increase in-the-moment happiness for adults recovering from substance use disorders, report researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Recovery Research Institute. The study, published online in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, is the first of its kind to test whether positive psychology exercises boost happiness in persons recovering…

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Unifying tropical ecology: Strengthening collaborative science

The event celebrates the fourth European Conference of Tropical Ecology, the annual meeting of the Society for Tropical Ecology and the Annual Meeting of the BES Tropical Ecology Special Interest Group (BES-TEG). The event is additionally supported by the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, in particular promoting participation from its new Africa Chapter. This…

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Researchers identify specific cognitive deficits in individuals with spinal cord injury

IMAGE: Dr. Chiaravalloti is director of Neuropsychology, Neuroscience and Traumatic Brain Injury Research at Kessler Foundation, and director of the federally funded Northern New Jersey TBI Model System. view more  Credit: Kessler Foundation East Hanover, NJ. January 18, 2019. A multidisciplinary team of researchers has identified specific cognitive deficits in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI).…

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Liver cancer patients can be treated for Hep C infection

DALLAS — Jan. 18, 2019 — A large, multi-center study refutes earlier suggestions that antiviral drugs for treating hepatitis C may lead to a higher recurrence of liver cancer. Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center studied the records of patients who had been successfully treated for liver cancer at 31 medical centers in North America,…

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