Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 30, 2004
University of Michigan symposium charts course for the future of telemedicine
Future Directions for Telemedicine is a symposium taking place May 20-22 in Ann Arbor, MI for those in medicine, public health, engineering and information science, biomedical and health services research, health policy and program development.

GlaxoSmithKline Drug Discovery and Development Research Grant Program 2004
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is pleased to announce a call for applications for its 2004 Drug Discovery and Development Research Grant Program.

Combination PET/CT should be used to determine stage of non-small cell lung cancer
The combination of real-time PET and CT is a highly sensitive tool for identifying non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and can assist in identifying patients whose cancer has not yet spread to lymph nodes, according to results of a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins.

Researchers invent way to determine optimal conditions for spinal cord nerve regen in lab animals
Mayo Clinic researchers have created a method for measuring the growth of new spinal cord nerve fibers in rats, an advance that allows them to quickly determine nerve regeneration rate and what variables in the nerve-growth environment best support it.

Kinase backgrounder: Iressa discovery part of major kinase project at Dana-Farber
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's April 29, 2004 announcement that scientists have identified a specific genetic mutation in some lung cancer patients who responded to the drug Iressa was one of the early fruits of an effort to find genetic blueprints for some cancers.

Enoxaparin prevents stillbirth in pregnant women with clotting disorder
Enoxaparin, an anticoagulant, has proven to be an effective preventive measure against stillbirth in pregnant women with hereditary thrombophilia, according to a new study published in the May 15, 2004, issue of Blood, the official journal of the American Society of Hematology.

Govindarajan Dhanasekaran wins 2004 Sarber Award from American Society for Microbiology
Govindarajan Dhanasekaran, B.V.Sc., of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland, College Park, will receive the 2004 Raymond W.

Campbell wins 2004 Abbott-ASM Lifetime Achievement Award
Allan M. Campbell, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences and Barbara Kimball Browning Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California, will receive the 2004 Abbott-ASM Lifetime Achievement Award, proudly supported by Abbott Laboratories, from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

Jorge Escalante-Semerena receives 2004 ASM Graduate Microbiology Teaching Award
Jorge C. Escalante-Semerena, Ph.D., Ira Baldwin Professor of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, has won the 2004 ASM Graduate Microbiology Teaching Award from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

Mayo researchers invent targeted imaging probe to aid early Alzheimer's diagnosis
Mayo Clinic researchers have devised a way to produce enhanced MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) pictures of the destructive brain lesions that cause Alzheimer's disease.

Ferré-D'amaré wins 2004 Eli Lilly and Company Research Award
Adrian R. Ferré-D'Amaré, Ph.D., Associate Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, has won the 2004 Eli Lilly and Company Research Award.

Solving the mystery of the dancer mice, and cleft lip too
By watching mice

Bacterial infection may cause or worsen asthma attacks in children
A type of bacteria called Mycoplasma pneumoniae could be responsible for triggering asthma attacks in children who have never experienced them before, and may exacerbate wheezing in children who already have asthma, according to a study in the May 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online.

Leslie Ann Schiff wins 2004 Carski Foundation Award
Leslie Ann Schiff, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Microbiology and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Microbiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, will receive the 2004 Carski Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

Betty Ann Forbes wins 2004 ASM Founders Award
Betty Ann Forbes, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, will receive the 2004 ASM Founders Distinguished Service Award.

Discovery helps explain how cells package DNA
Researchers have discovered a protein that helps cells package long strands of DNA into a tight ball that fits into the nucleus during cell division.

John Alderete honored with 2004 William A. Hinton Award
John F. Alderete, Ph.D., will receive the 2004 William A.

Successful European DELTA mission concludes with Soyuz landing
The 11-day DELTA mission to the International Space Station (ISS) came to a successful conclusion when the Soyuz TMA-3 command module, carrying Dutch ESA astronaut André Kuipers and the ISS Expedition 8 crew, touched down early this morning near the town of Arkalyk in Kazakhstan at 07:12 local time (02:12 Central European Time) after a return flight of just over three hours.

Alice S. Weissfeld wins 2004 bioMérieux Sonnenwirth Award
Alice S. Weissfeld, Ph.D., President and Chief Operating Officer of Microbiology Specialists Incorporated, Houston, Texas, will receive the bioMérieux Sonnenwirth Award for Leadership in Clinical Microbiology from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

American Thoracic Society Journal news tips for May 2004 (first issue)
Newsworthy journal highlights include studies that show: inhalation through a nebulizer of furosemide, a diuretic used for hypertension, alleviated the sensation of severe breathlessness (dyspnea) caused by exercise testing in patients with moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; and nasal continuous positive airway pressure proved an effective noninvasive ventilatory technique that minimizes lung injury in premature baboons that are at risk of developing a serious lung problem, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, caused by mechanical ventilation.

Jennie Hunter-Cevera wins 2004 USFCC/J. Roger Porter Award
Jennie C. Hunter-Cevera, Ph.D., President, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, Baltimore, will receive the 2004 USFCC/J.

Campbell to receive American Society for Microbiology lifetime achievement award
Allan M. Campbell, the Barbara Kimball Browning Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, will receive the 2004 Abbott-ASM Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society for Microbiology on May 24.

Christopher Walsh wins 2004 Promega Biotechnology Research Award
Christopher T. Walsh, Ph.D., Hamilton Kuhn Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, will receive the 2004 Promega Biotechnology Research Award from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

American Society for Microbiology honors Timothy Yahr with 2004 Merck Irving S. Sigal Memorial Award
Timothy L. Yahr, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Microbiology at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, will receive the 2004 Merck Irving S.

Missing chemical important to air pollution estimates
Something is missing in the analysis of emissions of volatile organic compounds from a Michigan forest, and, according to a team of atmospheric scientists, what they do not know can have a large impact on air pollution in areas in and near forests.

In male monkeys, too much soy has adverse effects
While soy may be beneficial to women in a variety of ways, research in monkeys suggests that it could have an adverse effect on the behavior of men, according to researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Research links magnetism, gamma-ray burst phenomenon
New findings from Rice University and Los Alamos National Laboratory about a previously undiscovered particle acceleration mechanism indicate that strong magnetic fields play a crucial role in the formation of gamma-ray bursts.

Marian Johnson-Thompson wins 2004 Alice C. Evans Award
Marian C. Johnson-Thompson, Ph.D., Director, Education and Biomedical Research Development, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, has earned the 2004 Alice C.

Melvin Weinstein wins 2004 BD Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology
Melvin P. Weinstein, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Pathology, and Chief, Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey, will receive the prestigious BD Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

Work and rites down the mines of Potosi, Bolivia
Work is a universal characteristic of human societies, but its meaning can differ according to their structure and organization.

John Sherris receives 2004 Abmm/Abmli Professional Recognition Award
John C. Sherris, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington Medical School, Seattle, is the 2004 laureate of the ABMM/ABMLI Professional Recognition Award, presented by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

Children's eating patterns show 'striking' changes in two decades
Meal patterns among children in the United States have undergone

Controlling hormones could reduce risk of strokes in younger people
New research by the University of Warwick into a genetic brain condition that triggers strokes and dementia in younger people has identified a possible cause of the condition, and could mean a breakthrough in treatment for a disease for which no specific therapy is currently available.

Malaria: Plasmodium togetherness a strategy for breeding success
Modelling by IRD scientists has revealed a core feature in the life-cycle of Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite responsible for malaria.

Jay Levy honored with 2004 Abbott Laboratories Award in Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology
Jay A. Levy, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Director of the Laboratory for Tumor and AIDS Virus Research at the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine, will receive the 2004 Abbott Laboratories Award in Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology.

David Rosmarin wins 2004 Sarber Award from American Society for Microbiology
David Rosmarin, M.A., New York University Medical School, New York, will receive the 2004 Raymond W.

Unusual mechanism of the Ambrym and Pentecost
An earthquake shook the South-West Pacific islands of Ambrym and Pentecost on 26 November 1999.

Combination therapy w/ ACTOS (pioglitazone HCI) shown to improve components of diabetic dyslipidemia
Results of three studies show the oral anti-diabetic agent ACTOS® (pioglitazone HCl), in combination with a sulfonylurea, metformin or insulin, resulted in triglyceride decreases and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol increases that demonstrated statistically significant improvements from baseline.

Caroline Mohr wins 2004 Scherago-Rubin Award from American Society for Microbiology
Caroline I. Mohr, a microbiologist at the Epidemiology and Laboratory Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia, will receive the 2004 Scherago-Rubin Award from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) in recognition of her outstanding work in the clinical laboratory.

Andres Vazquez-Torres honored with 2004 Merck Irving S. Sigal Memorial Award
Andres Vazquez-Torres, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Microbiology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC), Denver, will receive the 2004 Merck Irving S.

Populations of Peruvian seabirds plummeted due to increased fishing activity, study says
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the tens of millions of marine birds living in the

Kiratisin wins 2004 Dade MicroScan Young Investigator Award
Pattarachai Kiratisin, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, is the 2004 recipient of the Dade MicroScan Young Investigator Award, presented by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

Development of rare esophageal cancer in African-Americans may differ from whites
The development of an aggressive but rare type of esophageal cancer in African-Americans may follow a different path than the same disease in whites, and is more likely to be fatal, according to results of a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins.

Can you hear me now? 'Belly talk' popular in US
Some parents-to-be talk to their unborn child, read stories out loud and play classical music to bond and give the baby a head start on life.

Annual Chemical Biology Symposium at Yale May 14, 2004
The Yale Chemical Biology Symposium, Friday May 14, is a day-long event designed to highlight and applaud new developments in science at the interface of chemistry and biology.

Venus transit approaching
The international VT-2004 public educational programme around the Venus Transit on June 8th forges ahead.

Historian reveals identity badges, not cards, were compulsory in the 1600s
Research from the University of Warwick reveals that far from being a new idea; ID 'cards,' in the form of badges were commonplace in the 1600s.

Scientists report how protons induce water cages
Researchers from Yale, University of Pittsburgh and University of Georgia reported new data on how the presence of protons affects the fundamental arrangement of water molecules.

Derek R. Lovley receives 2004 Proctor & Gamble Award from American Society for Microbiology
Derek R. Lovley, Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor and Department Head, Department of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has won the Proctor & Gamble Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

A journey into space at the Berlin Air Show
The Berlin Air Show 2004 (also known as ILA 2004) takes place between Monday 10 and Sunday 16 May at Berlin Schoenefeld Airport.
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