The Keck School of Medicine of USC is leading a $26.5 million effort to conduct the first large-scale, multi-institutional study on African-American men with prostate cancer.
A Portland State University professor has received a $3.3 million federal grant to study the impact of an early-learning program aimed at improving children's readiness for kindergarten and later grades.
To address a worldwide need for data storage that far outstrips today's capabilities, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) are investing $12 million in new research through the Semiconductor Synthetic Biology for Information Processing and Storage Technologies (SemiSynBio) program. The goal is to create storage systems that integrate synthetic biology with semiconductor technology.
A new grant awarded to UC Davis, the University of Washington and Emory University aims to fuse biology and electrical engineering and to build new types of electronic memory based on DNA.
A principal difficulty in designing therapies against viruses lies in the fact that attempts to stop them from entering a cell are also likely to affect normal physiological processes. If studied carefully, it may be possible to design therapies that can block specific virus entry while leaving normal cellular processes intact.
Taking advantage of computing power in subsystems between users and data servers could make networks faster and provide better and quicker real-time analytics. Rice University computer scientists have earned a National Science Foundation grant to study the development of next-generation systems.
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus received an $8 million, five year continuation grant from the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR), part of the National Institutes of Health, to refine and expand the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC).
Clinical studies find that plant products or traditional antioxidants like vitamins have failed to lower blood pressure. University of Houston researchers suggest using a naturally-occurring protein that will.
Entomologists at the University of California, Riverside, have received a five-year grant of $2.44 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to investigate the role hormones play in the female mosquito's ability to use human blood for egg production. The funding will allow the entomologists to introduce novel research tools for genetic manipulation, such as CRISPR, in their research.
Researchers will model response of colon cancer cells to anticancer drugs using 3D cultures. By exploring specific mechanisms of a cancer cell's feedback signaling that renders tumors non-responsive, they can design treatment strategies that effectively block tumor growth with significantly reduced toxicity to normal cells.