Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 10, 2005
ANU medical researcher wins national award
ANU immunologist Professor Chris Goodnow has been awarded the Commonwealth Health Minister's Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research for his research in molecular genetics.

$3.68 millon grant to boost public health 'informatics'
Recognizing the importance of having strong systems for gathering, using, and sharing public health information, especially with regard to disease outbreaks, the National Library of Medicine will administer a $3.68 million grant from the RWJ Foundation to develop public health leaders in the science of public health informatics.

Exercise helps recovery from chemotherapy for breast cancer
Exercise after chemotherapy for breast cancer boosted the activity of infection-fighting T cells in women who worked out regularly, according to data from a study conducted at Penn State University.

Digital mammography does not improve breast cancer detection rates, study finds
Digital mammography provides no clear-cut improvements over traditional film X-rays in the ability to detect cases of breast cancer, says a new technology assessment report.

Biodiversity works both ways
The influence of biodiversity on the functioning of ecosystems has been a focus for extensive research over the last decade.

Immune cells' genetic 'jam session' is controlled by cell division machinery
If a dividing cell's activity is a pop song, then the same process in an immune cell is an extended-play dance remix.

'Sinkers' provide missing piece in deep-sea puzzle
One of the biggest questions in modern oceanography is how animals in the deep sea get enough to eat.

Boost for international research evaluation
The 2005 KISTEP1-WREN2 Workshop, which was held in Seoul, South Korea from 30-31 May 2005, brought together 30 speakers and 200 participants from the US, the EU and Asia for a discussion on R&D evaluation.

Discovery offers promising lead in prostate cancer diagnosis
Researchers led by Dr. Shiv Srivastava from the Center for Prostate Disease Research (CPDR), Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), report the groundbreaking discovery of the ETS-Related Gene (ERG) as one of the frequent proto-oncogene overexpressions in prostate cancer cells.

Discovery suggests why stem cells run through stop signs
One of the mysteries of stem cells is why they continue to divide and renew themselves long after the point where other cells stop dividing.

Space measurements of carbon offer clearer view of Earth's climate future
Follow the carbon - this is the mantra of researchers seeking to understand climate change and forecast its likely extent.

Shrinking brains but healthy memory - does brain matter matter?
Brain shrinkage, a common symptom of ageing when people hit their 60's, appears to have no impact on an individual's capacity to think or learn, according to ANU research.

New strategy for protecting brain against Alzheimer's disease: Enhancing the innate immune system
UCLA researchers discovered that some patients with Alzheimer's disease have an immune system defect making it difficult to clean away amyloid-beta waste products in the brain.

Top Canadian scientist to speak in Guelph
CAP Award Winner Rob Myers will take his audience on a

Scientists advocate delaying medication for early epilepsy
Scientists investigating epilepsy at the University of Liverpool have found no significant long-term benefit in administering immediate treatment to those with early epilepsy and infrequent seizures.

Vanderbilt-Ingram scientists release findings at DoD 'Era of Hope' Breast Cancer Meeting
More than 15 Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center researchers are presenting their study findings at the U.S.

Hot volcanic eruptions could lead to a cooler Earth
Volcanic eruptions may be an agent of rapid and long-term climate change, according to new research.

New regulators of apoptosis and chemoresistance identified
Using targeted RNA interference, or RNAi libraries, researchers at Harvard Medical School describe the first large-scale classification of kinase and phosphatase gene families on the basis of their role in apoptosis and cell survival.

Joslin study shows weight control protects against low birth weight related glucose intolerance
Joslin Diabetes Center study shows weight control protects against low birth weight related glucose intolerance.

Molecular miners find pain relief drugs from the sea
A cone snail toxin discovered by Melbourne researchers has proven to have great potential for easing pain and could provide an improved treatment for neuropathic pain associated with diabetes.

Vehicles of the future: Canadian team takes top honours
A Canadian vision of the vehicle of the future has taken top honours at a North American competition in Detroit.
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