Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 30, 2005
Leading genomic technology expert to present Dickson Prize Lecture at Pitt
Ronald W. Davis, Ph.D., a leader in development of genomic methodologies, will present this year's Dickson Prize in Medicine Lecture at the University of Pittsburgh's Science2005: The New Research Ecology.

Bioceramic orbital plate implant
The remarkable progress of ceramics in recent years has resulted in the development of materials with chemical, physical and mechanical properties that are suitable for biomedical applications.

Nocturnal dialysis improves heart disease in patients with end-stage kidney failure
Cardiovascular disease contributes to the high annual mortality rate (15-20%) in conventional hemodialysis patients.

Science survey ranks top biopharma employers
Genentech, Inc, of San Francisco, CA, has earned top honors in a ranking of the world's most respected biopharmaceutical employers.

UW-Madison small-scale research receives big boost
The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Wisconsin-Madison Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) nearly $14.8 million over the next six years to continue its leading-edge research on the interfaces of materials at the nanoscale.

Late-breaking geoscience on hurricane Katrina, and more, at GSA Annual Meeting next month
The GSA 2005 Annual Meeting and Exposition offers late-breaking geoscience on a wide variety of topics.

Scientist uses form to explain function of key building blocks of life
University of Wisconsin-Madison biochemists have developed an approach that allows them to measure with unprecedented accuracy the strengths of hydrogen bonds in a protein.

Johns Hopkins hosts 2005 Annual Fall Meeting of Biomedical Engineering Society
An international organization of biomedical, electrical, chemical and mechanical engineers and medical specialists will discuss the future of biomedical engineering during the 2005 fall meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), to be held in Baltimore Sept.

Evidence of a new hereditary joint disorder
In the October 2005 issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism, researchers report clinical and laboratory findings regarding a family with a highly unusual and extremely destructive syndrome, marked by fragile articular cartilage with a tendency to

Promote use of drugs to prevent AIDS infection, researchers urge
A truly colossal health problem, acquired immune deficiency syndrome will not go away -- at least no time soon.

Speed of PSA rise helps predict survival for prostate cancer patients
The clinical outcome for prostate cancer patients who have been treated with hormone therapy and radiation therapy can usually be determined by how rapidly their prostate specific antigen level rises following treatment, according to a report published in the October 1, 2005 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of ASTRO.

Australia's medical institutes back Synchrotron
The President of the Australian Association of Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI), Professor Suzanne Cory, today announced that AAMRI would become a partner in the Australian Synchrotron.

Predicting where flooding will occur in the West
For many areas of the West, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS) overestimate the amount of land area within the 100-year floodplain.

Cassini's doubleheader flybys score home run
Cassini performed back-to-back flybys of Saturn moons Tethys and Hyperion last weekend, coming closer than ever before to each of them.

Dark chocolate helps diarrhea
Scientists at Children's Hospital Oakland have confirmed that an ancient myth about chocolate is actually true!

Researched and refined, Virginia Tech's Cliff and Rocky ready for Grand Challenge victory
The Virginia Tech Grand Challenge team -- most of them undergraduate engineering students -- have devoted much of the past year-and-a-half to the research and development necessary for converting two off-road, four-wheel-drive utility vehicles donated by Club Car into vehicles programmed to navigate and maneuver with no human intervention.

Different but equal: Settling the dosage compensation debate
Independent research papers from Dr. Peter Becker (Munich, Germany) and Dr.

Columbia wins major grant to examine genetic link to Alzheimer's Disease
More than 500 families affected by Alzheimer's Disease are participating in a landmark study led by Columbia University Medical Center to find a genetic link to the disease.

Ossur congratulates Hugh Herr on Popular Mechanics 2005 Breakthrough Leadership Award
Ossur, a trusted and leading global supplier of prosthetic and orthotic devices, today joined Popular Mechanics magazine in congratulating Hugh Herr, director of the Biomechatronics Group at The MIT Media Lab, upon the presentation of Popular Mechanics' 2005 Breakthrough Leadership Award for his work with Ossur on the development of the Rheo KneeTM, among other projects.

Sun's direct role in global warming may be underestimated, Duke physicists report
At least 10 to 30 percent of global warming measured during the past two decades may be due to increased solar output rather than factors such as increased heat-absorbing carbon dioxide gas released by various human activities, two Duke University physicists report.

Climate change more rapid than ever
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology presented on Thursday, September 29, their first model calculations for the future of the climate.

New studies on bone marrow failure diseases presented at scientific symposium Oct. 18-19
The latest advances in aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and other bone marrow failure diseases will be presented at the Bone Marrow Failure Scientific Symposium.

Fast, accurate detection of explosives on airport luggage possible
A research team has found a way to determine the presence on a surface of trace quantities of chemicals - such as those found in biological and chemical warfare agents, as well as several common explosives - within a few seconds.

Chronic arthritis pain and the disappointment of u-opioid therapy
Researchers at the University of Calgary set out to determine the effectiveness of endomorphin 1, with a painkilling capacity equal to or greater than morphine - on knee joint pain.

Adult stem cells aid recovery in animal model of cerebral palsy
Adult stem cell therapy quickly and significantly improves recovery of motor function in an animal model for the ischemic brain injury that occurs in about 10 percent of babies with cerebral palsy, researchers report.

New Columbia University center aims to advance next generation of genomics, proteomics research
Addressing the critical need for new ways to analyze the enormous amounts of data being generated by genomics and proteomics, Columbia University is establishing a National Center for Biomedical Computing with an $18.5 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Applications open: The Max Weber Postdoctoral Programme
The Max Weber Postdoctoral Programme is a great opportunity for young researchers who have recently received their doctorates in economics, social and political sciences, law or history and who wish to pursue a career nationally or internationally as future academics.

Mayo Clinic receives $15 million to launch innovative neuroscience research program
Mayo Clinic has received $15 million for research that will accelerate the testing of promising therapies for patients with diseases of the nervous system.

Innovation in nanoporous chemistry
On 23 September in Science researchers from the University of Versailles (France), in collaboration with the ESRF report their progress in the design and characterisation of microporous materials.

The interdisciplinary mandate: GSA's annual meeting to present new research on hot topics in aging
Orlando, Florida is the newly chosen location for The Gerontological Society of America's 58th Annual Scientific Meeting, held in conjunction with the American Federation for Aging Research.

Telling axons where to go - and grow
In a recent study, Dr. Ingolf Bach and colleagues from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester and the University of Hamburg (Germany) describe a novel role for the ubiquitin/proteosome protein degradation pathway in the regulation of local actin dynamics in neurons.
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