Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 14, 2009
Michael R. Kilbourn receives SNM's 2009 Aebersold Award
Michael R. Kilbourn, a professor of radiology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Mich., has been named the recipient of the prestigious 2009 Paul C.

SNM honors originators of imaging agent for nuclear heart stress test
Millions of heart attack patients and other potential sufferers who have undergone a noninvasive nuclear imaging test with the isotope technetium-99 can thank three innovators -- Alan Davison, Ph.D.; Alun G.

NIAID media availability: New strategy proposed for designing antibody-based HIV vaccine
Most vaccines that protect against viruses generate infection-fighting proteins called antibodies that either block infection or help eliminate the virus before it can cause disease.

NYU researchers create method to precisely glue particles together on the micro- and nano-scale
Researchers at New York University have created a method to precisely bind nano- and micrometer-sized particles together into larger-scale structures with useful materials properties.

Advance in understanding cellulose synthesis
Cellulose makes up plant cell walls, gives plants shape and form and is a target of renewable, plant-based biofuels research.

Huge waste in the production and reporting of research evidence
Without accessible and usable reports, research cannot help patients or their doctors.

NYU Langone Medical Center researchers identify key gene in deadly inflammatory breast cancer
Aggressive, deadly and often misdiagnosed, inflammatory breast cancer is the most lethal form of primary breast cancer, often striking women in their prime and causing death within 18 to 24 months.

Aussie and Kiwi researchers make double MS genetic discovery
Australian and New Zealand researchers have accelerated research into multiple sclerosis (MS) by discovering two new locations of genes which will help to unravel the causes of MS and other autoimmune disease.

Research supports World Blood Donor Day message on blood safety
Other countries could learn from the mistakes made in UK blood policy, concludes research awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council's Michael Young Prize.

A tiny frozen microbe may hold clues to extraterrestrial life
A novel bacterium trapped three km under glacial ice for over 120,000 years, may hold clues as to what life forms might exist on other planets.

Study suggests new approach to common cause of blindness
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine in collaboration with lead investigators at the University of Kentucky have identified a new target for the diagnosis and treatment of age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness in older Americans.

Huntington's disease deciphered
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have discovered how the mutated Huntington gene acts on the nervous system to create the devastation of Huntington's disease.

Good news and bad for dad this Father's Day
It was long believed that conception does not involve equals.

Research holds promise for novel oral anti-diabetic drugs
Promise is held out for the development of novel oral drugs to control blood glucose levels in diabetes patients as the result of research by a Hebrew University of Jerusalem scientist.
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