The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has been awarded a five-year, $16 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to foster inclusive excellence in the biomedical sciences using evidence-based approaches. The NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) initiative award fuels a multi-institution effort to identify and implement new strategies to recruit faculty members from groups underrepresented in medicine by supporting faculty development, mentoring, sponsorship, and promotion.
Grassland soil today experiences increased nutrient inputs, which have dramatic impacts on biodiversity. To help understand this issue, researchers at the University of Oklahoma are leading the American contribution to a global study that aims to measure the impact of increased nutrients on soil microbial biodiversity and the ecosystem-level functions for grasslands around the world.
A leap into the future: the goal of the ANA Avatar XPRIZE competition is to develop robotic systems that can transmit a human's senses, actions and presence to a remote location in real time. Through these avatars they can perform a variety of handling tasks and can interact with humans – from audio and video transmission to direct physical contact. Team NimbRo from the University of Bonn has now qualified for the finals in Miami (USA) and is to receive 100,000 US dollars. The prize purse for the finals is eight million US dollars.
MN-SCIMS, led by the Dr. Leslie Morse, will be an interdisciplinary team in the upper Midwest to expand research and inform clinical care on spinal cord injuries.
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – National Water Research Institute (NWRI) is pleased to announce the 2021 Clarke Prize Laureate is Dr. Shane A. Snyder, Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), and Executive Director of NTU’s Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI). NWRI presents the annual $50,000 prize to recognize researchers that solve real-world water problems.
The U.S. Department of Defense is funding a study by Arek Wiktor, MD, associate professor of GI, trauma, and endocrine surgery and interim medical director of the UCHealth Burn and Frostbite Center – Anschutz Medical Campus, to aid in treatment of military and civilian burn patients. The $1.5 million grant from the Department of Defense Military Burn Research Program will be used to study the effects of two colloids, plasma and albumin, in acute burn resuscitation over a three-year period.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst will be one of two sites for a national study that aims to better understand language and cognition in two groups of children affected by language disorders.
- NIH/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
The International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory has unveiled a research announcement seeking proposals to demonstrate biomanufacturing activities in microgravity. Targeted fields such as tissue engineering and biomanufacturing provide use cases for how ISS National Lab-sponsored research may lead to new biological products and tools that benefit humankind and drive a sustainable market in low Earth orbit.
Three researchers from the University of Colorado Cancer Center have received grants from the V Foundation, a cancer research nonprofit founded in 1993 by college basketball coach Jimmy Valvano, who died of cancer. Nausica Arnoult, PhD, Siddhartha Mitra, PhD, and Dan Pollyea, MD, MS, received $200,000 each to further their cancer research. The grants begin November 1 and will run for two years.
Three Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have been elected fellows by the American Physical Society (APS). The new APS fellows are Eric Brown, Takeyasu Ito and Nathan Moody.
Governor J. B. Pritzker announced that the State of Illinois would be providing $1.5 million to Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) to renovate 2,770 square feet of existing Illinois Tech wet lab space to create a specialized multi-tenant laboratory called the Neurotissue and Organoid Innovation Laboratory (NOIL) for advanced research in translational neurotechnology.