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March 09, 2005
2005 Geriatric Oral Research Award
The 2005 Geriatric Oral Research Award from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) will be presented today to Professor Jukka H.

Genetic therapy reverses nervous system damage in animal model of inherited human disease
A genetic therapy successfully treated an inherited disease in the brains of cats.

2005 Basic Research in Periodontal Disease Award
Dr. Michael Curtis, Professor of Microbiology at St. Bartholomews & the Royal London, Centre for Infectious Disease, and the Institute of Cell and Molecular Science in London, England, has been selected to receive the 2005 Basic Research in Periodontal Disease Award from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), convening here today for its 83rd General Session.

Dartmouth researchers find where musical memories are stored in the brain
A group of Dartmouth researchers has learned that the brain's auditory cortex, the part that handles information from your ears, holds on to musical memories.

2005 Craniofacial Biology Research Award
The 2005 Craniofacial Biology Research Award is being presented today to Dr.

There's one rule for the rich...
It is well known that the world's wealth is shared out unfairly.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital honored with one of the nation's top awards for quality
One of the nation's preeminent symbols of quality in health care - the 2005 National Quality Health Care Award - was bestowed upon Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Cassini images reveal an active, Earth-like world
Saturn's hazy largest moon, Titan -- a body long held to be a frozen analog of early Earth --, has a surface shaped largely by an Earth-like interplay of tectonics, erosion by fluids, winds, and perhaps volcanism.

Biochemists report discovery of structure of major piece of telomerase; implications for cancer
UCLA biochemists have determined the three-dimensional structure of a major domain of telomerase, the enzyme that helps maintain telomeres - small pieces of DNA on the ends of chromosomes that act as protective caps.

Charles Townes wins 2005 Templeton Prize
Charles Townes, the Nobel laureate whose inventions include the maser and laser and who has spent decades as a leading advocate for the convergence of science and religion, has won the 2005 Templeton Prize.

Women less likely to get quality heart attack care
Efforts to improve the quality of post-heart attack care in hospitals are working -- but they appear to be working better for men than for women, new research shows.

2005 Pulp Biology Research Award
Baltimore, Maryland...Dr. Henry Magloire, from the Université Claude Bernard, Faculty of Odontology at Lyon (France), has been selected the 2005 recipient of the Pulp Biology Research Award from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), convening here today for its 83rd General Session.

American Academy of Neurology presents 57th Annual Meeting in Miami Beach
More than 8,000 are expected to attend the American Academy of Neurology's 57th Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, April 9 - 16, 2005.

2005 Salivary Research Award
Dr. J. David Castle, from the University of Virginia Health Science Center, Charlottesville, is the recipient of the 2005 Salivary Research Award from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), convening here today for its 83rd General Session.

Scientists discover that three overlapping signals in embryo help get the backbone right
Humans and all other vertebrates first look recognizable in the womb when the embryo develops a backbone, a structure that eventually morphs into the brain, spinal cord and muscles.

2005 H. Trendley Dean Memorial Award
The 2005 H. Trendley Dean Memorial Award will be presented today to Dr.

2005 Research in Dental Caries Award
At the Opening Ceremonies of the 83rd General Session of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), convening here today, Dr.

American Chemical Society broadens access to its articles
The American Chemical Society is broadening access to research articles published in its scholarly journals.

Growing your own replacement teeth? Not science fiction!
One of the topics -- growing your own replacement teeth?

2005 Research in Oral Biology Award
The 2005 Research in Oral Biology Award will be presented today to Dr.

2005 Research in Prosthodontics and Implants Award
At the Opening Ceremonies of the 83rd General Session of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), convening here today, the 2005 Research in Prosthodontics and Implants Award will be presented to Dr.

Researchers develop mouse model for studying blinding diseases in humans
Researchers at the University of Utah have developed genetically engineered mice that closely mimic what happens to humans who suffer from the juvenile, or dry, form of age-related macular degeneration.

Awards & fellowships at the International & American Association for Dental Research General Session
Many awards and fellowships will be presented during the 83rd General Session of the International Association for Dental Research conference.

New scale predicts recovery of consciousness from coma after brain injury
A Northwestern University researcher has developed the first truly reliable measure of neurobehavioral functioning during coma from severe brain injury that predicts recovery of consciousness up to one year after injury, with up to 86 percent certainty.

Emergency clopidogrel could save thousands of lives-46,000-patient heart attack trial results
Adding the anti-platelet drug clopidogrel to aspirin for the emergency treatment of heart attacks could save thousands of lives a year worldwide and prevent thousands of repeat heart attacks and strokes.

Study examines consequences of Thailand's 'war on drugs'
A study of Thailand's

Drug that hinders blood vessel growth under study in ovarian cancer
A drug that may help prevent recurrence of ovarian cancer by inhibiting development of new blood vessels essential to cancer growth is under study at the Medical College of Georgia.

3D animation gives evidence more bite
Bite marks can be vital evidence in assaults and homicides, but using forensic bite-marks to match a criminal has come in for severe criticism.

Cassini images discover a windy, wavy Titan atmosphere
The dynamic atmosphere of Saturn's haze-enshrouded moon Titan is revealed in the first Cassini Imaging Team report on Titan, to appear in the March 10 issue of Nature.

2005 Young Investigator Award
The International Association for Dental Research (IADR), convening here today at the Baltimore Convention Center for its 83rd General Session, has awarded the 2005 Young Investigator Award to Dr.

2005 Wilmer Souder Award
The 2005 Wilmer Souder Award for research in the field of dental biomaterials science is being presented today to Dr.

Viking sagas read through the lens of climate change
Ancient Icelandic sagas may be full of treachery, death and destruction, but the real villain behind all the foment could well have been climate change.

Canada's shrinking ice caps
Recent research conducted by NASA scientists has revealed that Canada's ice caps and glaciers have important connections to Earth's changing climate, and they have a strong potential for contributing to sea level rise.

2005 Behavioral Sciences & Health Services Research Award
Dr. Hannu Hausen, University of Oulu, Finland, has been named the 2005 recipient of the Behavioral Sciences & Health Services Research Award, presented by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), convening today for its 83rd General Session.

Grizzlies set to invade high Arctic?
The telltale paw prints with huge 10 centimetre-long nails spoke volumes.

2005 Oral Medicine and Pathology Research Award
Professor Newell W. Johnson, Dean of Griffith University's newly created School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Queensland, Australia, has been named the 2005 recipient of the Oral Medicine and Pathology Research Award, conferred by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), convening here today for its 83rd General Session.

Geoscientists meet next week in Saratoga Springs
Approximately 700 scientists, students, and K-12 educators will gather 14-16 March for the 40th annual meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America.

Advanced research aircraft to arrive at Colorado facility this week
A new aircraft with exceptional research capabilities is scheduled to arrive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Colo., this Friday.

2005 Award for Basic Research in Biological Mineralization
The 2005 Award for Basic Research in Biological Mineralization will be presented today by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) to Dr.

JENAM 2005 - Distant worlds
European astronomers will get together in Liège (Belgium) from July 4 to 7, 2005 in the frame of the Joint European and National Astronomy Meeting (JENAM), thus having the opportunity to be presented with the most recent European discoveries while creating new links and collaborations and also discussing the future of European astronomy.

Colour profile exposes stolen gems
The jewellery industry may soon be able to recover stolen gems or spot fake ones, with a technique which can identify individual stones.

NYU and MSKCC research provides model for understanding chemically induced cancer initiation
A team from the chemistry and biology departments of New York University, in collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), has uncovered a conformational switch -- a change in shape in a carcinogen-damaged DNA site -- in tumor suppressor genes altered by a known cancer-causing chemical found in cigarette smoke.

2005 Pharmacology, Therapeutics, & Toxicology Research Award
Dr. Paul Moore, Director, Oral Health Science Institute, University of Pittsburgh, PA, has been named 2005 recipient of the Pharmacology, Therapeutics, & Toxicology Research Award, presented today during the Opening Ceremonies of the 83rd General Session of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), convening at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Ames Laboratory's John Corbett wins Spedding award
John Corbett, a senior chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, has been named the recipient of the 2005 Spedding Award, the top honor for researchers in the field of rare-earth science and named for the first director of Ames Laboratory.

Oceans more vulnerable to agricultural runoff than previously thought, study finds
Researchers have long suspected that fertilizer runoff from big farms can trigger sudden explosions of marine algae capable of disrupting ocean ecosystems and even producing ''dead zones'' in the sea.

Study: Post-9/11 TV news drove liberals toward a harder line
Liberals who gleaned most of their news from television in the days after the Sept.

Breakthrough in medical research: New chemotherapy gives hope to brain tumour patients
A large international study conducted by the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute of Canada(NCIC) Clinical Trials Group demonstrated that the addition of a novel chemotherapy agent, Temozolomide (brand name: Temodal®) to radiation therapy increases survival in patients suffering from glioblastoma.

Scientists solve mystery of Meteor Crater's missing melted rocks
Scientists have discovered why there isn't much impact-melted rock at Meteor Crater in northern Arizona.

Common anesthetics appear safe for developing fetal brain
An anesthetic regimen commonly used during surgery on pregnant mothers appears to have no negative effects on the developing brain of the fetus, according to a new study on sheep conducted by Duke University Medical Center researchers.
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