UT Southwestern research projects bolstered with $3.6 million in funding

November 30, 2001

DALLAS - The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved grants totaling $3.6 million - more than any other medical center in the state - to fund 19 research projects at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

More than $61 million in grants was distributed to Texas universities under the state-funded 2001 Advanced Research Program (ARP) and Advanced Technology Program (ATP).

The UT Southwestern grants ranged from $70,875 to $295,348, with the largest going to an effort to develop a cancer-detecting blood test. Dr. Jonathan Uhr, professor of microbiology and internal medicine, is the lead investigator.

Uhr said his test captures tumor cells in the blood, and its first practical application, monitoring tumor burden and effectiveness of treatment, is in trials now. Other applications still in development include performing diagnostic screening to detect carcinoma at an early stage.

Uhr is working with Immunicon Corp., based in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., under a sponsored-research and exclusive-licensing agreement established between the company and UT Southwestern in 1999.

Dr. Perrie Adams, UT Southwestern's associate dean for research, said the state-funded programs play a vital role in advancing early-stage research that might get passed over by national funding programs.

"You can use ARP/ATP funding to collect a volume of data, then leverage that into larger grants from institutions like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation," he said.

The UT Southwestern awards were among 402 grants issued under the 2001 ARP and ATP programs. More than 300 proposals were reviewed by 119 scientists and engineers not associated with any Texas college or university.

UT Southwestern investigators and projects receiving grants this year, in addition to Uhr, are:
-end-
To automatically receive news releases from UT Southwestern via e-mail, send a message to UTSWNEWS-REQUEST@listserv. swmed.edu. Leave the subject line blank and in the text box, type SUB UTSWNEWS.


UT Southwestern Medical Center

Related Stem Cells Articles from Brightsurf:

SUTD researchers create heart cells from stem cells using 3D printing
SUTD researchers 3D printed a micro-scaled physical device to demonstrate a new level of control in the directed differentiation of stem cells, enhancing the production of cardiomyocytes.

More selective elimination of leukemia stem cells and blood stem cells
Hematopoietic stem cells from a healthy donor can help patients suffering from acute leukemia.

Computer simulations visualize how DNA is recognized to convert cells into stem cells
Researchers of the Hubrecht Institute (KNAW - The Netherlands) and the Max Planck Institute in Münster (Germany) have revealed how an essential protein helps to activate genomic DNA during the conversion of regular adult human cells into stem cells.

First events in stem cells becoming specialized cells needed for organ development
Cell biologists at the University of Toronto shed light on the very first step stem cells go through to turn into the specialized cells that make up organs.

Surprising research result: All immature cells can develop into stem cells
New sensational study conducted at the University of Copenhagen disproves traditional knowledge of stem cell development.

The development of brain stem cells into new nerve cells and why this can lead to cancer
Stem cells are true Jacks-of-all-trades of our bodies, as they can turn into the many different cell types of all organs.

Healthy blood stem cells have as many DNA mutations as leukemic cells
Researchers from the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology have shown that the number of mutations in healthy and leukemic blood stem cells does not differ.

New method grows brain cells from stem cells quickly and efficiently
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have developed a faster method to generate functional brain cells, called astrocytes, from embryonic stem cells.

NUS researchers confine mature cells to turn them into stem cells
Recent research led by Professor G.V. Shivashankar of the Mechanobiology Institute at the National University of Singapore and the FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology in Italy, has revealed that mature cells can be reprogrammed into re-deployable stem cells without direct genetic modification -- by confining them to a defined geometric space for an extended period of time.

Researchers develop a new method for turning skin cells into pluripotent stem cells
Researchers at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, have for the first time succeeded in converting human skin cells into pluripotent stem cells by activating the cell's own genes.

Read More: Stem Cells News and Stem Cells Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.