November 13th, 2013
The University of Texas at El Paso has received a contract from the U.S. Agency for International, USAID, to develop an animal vaccine against Rift Valley Fever through the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Rift Valley Fever Control in Agriculture. The aim is to protect livestock to help increase global food security, which is a priority of USAID under Feed the Future, the U.S.’s global hunger and food security initiative. The fever is a mosquito-borne disease that can devastate human and animal health in Africa. UTEP will collaborate with University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the Sokoine... [more]
September 21st, 2013
Spine injuries account for approximately 11 percent of all casualties among U.S. combat-wounded military in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a study published in the Sept. 15 issue of Spine.
Andrew J. Schoenfeld, MD, from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, and colleagues conducted a retrospective analysis of casualty records from the Department of Defense Trauma Registry for 2005–2009 to assess the incidence and epidemiology of combat-related spinal injuries for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Researchers identified 872 casualties with spine injuries among a total of 7,877 combat wounded (11.1%), with a mean age of... [more]
August 23rd, 2013
A study that evaluated bacterial populations present in the intestinal tissue of patients with Crohn’s and controls provides evidence suggesting there may be "at least two distinct populations of biotypes within the Crohn’s disease spectrum and the existence of a submucosal microbiome in both health and disease.” The diagnosis, management, and treatment of Crohn’s disease could be revolutionized if the study is corroborated by larger population studies and development of methodologies for a clinical setting, according to lead author Rodrick J. Chiodini, PhD, formerly of the Department of Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso. The... [more]
August 20th, 2013
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $5 million grant to improve algae-based fuel that is compatible with existing refineries to a multi-institutional team led by New Mexico State University. Principal investigator of the project, entitled REAP: Realization of Algae Potential, is Peter Lammers, director of the NMSU Algal Bioenergy team. Lammers will coordinate efforts at partner institutions that include Los Alamos, Argonne and Pacific Northwest national laboratories; Washington State and Michigan State universities and four companies, Phycal, Algenol Biofuels, Pan Pacific Technologies and UOP-Honeywell. Key goals of the 2.5-year project are to improve the yields and stability of... [more]
August 9th, 2013
Sierra Providence Health Network and the American Cancer Society are starting a data-based cancer study called the Cancer Prevention Study III, or CPS-3.
The study, which will enroll a diverse population of half a million people across the United States, will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.
Participants must be between the ages of 30 and 65, have never been diagnosed with cancer and be willing to make a long-term commitment to the study.
CPS-3 enrollment will be from Sept. 7 to Oct. 3 at four locations -- St. Marks United Methodist Church, St.... [more]
August 6th, 2013
What began as a research endeavor of New Mexico State University that was struggling to sustain itself financially has become a multi-million dollar trio of companies that were recently purchased by a national investment firm - bringing funds back to the inventors and into Arrowhead Center's ongoing efforts to commercialize innovation.
BelHealth investment partners, a New York-based health care private equity firm, has agreed to purchase the Genetic Testing Laboratories and its sister companies, the Forensic Testing Laboratories and the Clinical Testing Laboratories, all housed at NMSU's Arrowhead Technology Incubator in the Genesis Center, for a combined $5.3 million.
BelHealth Managing Director... [more]
August 1st, 2013
Immo A. Hansen, assistant professor in the Department of Biology & Institute of Applied Biosciences at New Mexico State University (NMSU), has received a four-year grant of $1.46 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The money will fund Hansen’s mosquito molecular research titled “Characterization of Amino Acid Transport and Signaling in the Mosquito Fat Body.”
June 23rd, 2013
Mingtao Zeng, PhD, associate professor of biomedical sciences at the TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Center of Excellence in Infectious Diseases, has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) sub-award to evaluate a novel aluminum-containing vaccine adjuvant. The two-year $423,619 grant for “An innovative approach to improve the activity of an aluminum-containing adjuvant, R21AI105789” from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) was awarded to University of Texas (UT) College of Pharmacy at Austin to support the collaborative research between investigators at UT Austin and TTUHSC (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center). The researchers will... [more]
June 18th, 2013
Premier Biomedical Inc. signed a cooperative research and development agreement with William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss. The agreement calls for the medical center in El Paso, Texas to conduct advanced and clinical research for Premier Biomedical’s medical treatments, including treatments targeting the prevention of suicide, clinical depression and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Premier Biomedical is obligated to cover about $10,000 in costs, while the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command will provide equipment, material and services, a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said.
May 13th, 2013
A team of mechanical engineering seniors who developed a passive-gravity balancing exoskeleton for the human arm took first place in the first-ever New Mexico State University College of Engineering Senior Capstone Project Showcase on April 26. Their device, acting as a support beam to the arm, may be used in rehabilitation for injuries such as a dislocated shoulder. This capstone project was part of a larger-scale body of research being conducted at NMSU's Reduced Gravity and Biomechanical Lab.
The team, who won $500 for their effort,... [more]