Of those diagnosed with a "spongy heart," 47% will die. University of Houston pharmacologist Mingfu Wu has been awarded $2.5 million from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to explore the cause of and therapeutic treatment for the heart disease officially called left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy (LVNC).
The Department of Defense's (DOD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) has awarded the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) funding to begin a new research project, titled "Advancing Resilience Theory and Tools to Combat Environmental Surprise," focused on developing new theory and tools to better understand and prepare for future climate events that present challenges to military installation operations.
The new project will focus on urban areas in the Central Flyway, primarily in the Great Plains. Researchers aim to provide more information on the impact of artificial light on bird behaviors and populations at a large scale.
With a new MURI grant from the U.S. Army, a team of scientists will seek to enhance artificial intelligence by integrating brain cells called astrocytes.
An interdisciplinary consortium of 22 partners, coordinated by the University of Bologna, will perform in-depth studies in three European cities to develop innovative, evidence-based policies to improve citizens' quality of life addressing indoor and outdoor lighting.
The impact of Covid restrictions on prisoners and prisons is the focus of a new research project, funded with £250,000, to identify lessons learned. Pandemic control measures create huge difficulties in prisons. The cramped physical conditions make social distancing very difficult. Many prisoners are extremely vulnerable. Measures to tackle Covid have meant additional constraints for prisoners, on top of normal restrictions. The team will assess the impact of these on prisoners' psychological wellbeing and behaviour.
A compound isolated from a fungus growing on the roots of a flowering plant in Morocco shows promise as a powerful opponent of aggressive triple negative breast cancer, Medical College of Georgia scientists say.
The MDI Biological Laboratory will collaborate with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an office of the state Department of Health and Human Services, on a five-year grant from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to improve access to safe drinking water in Maine. The grant will fund the testing of private wells, which are frequently contaminated with high levels of naturally occurring arsenic.
A University of Texas at Arlington bioengineer is designing a nanoparticle delivery system that will take needed plasmids to arteries in patients who are suffering from peripheral artery disease (PAD) in their arms and legs.
The Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development Branch of the Veterans Administration (VA) has awarded Hari Koul, PhD, Professor and Interim Chairman of the Department Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, $1,056,317 in research funding over four years to help find new treatments for prostate cancer.