$20M grant to expand biomedical research capacity
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A University of Rhode Island-based initiative that has expanded biomedical research capacity at colleges across the state has received an additional $20 million in...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday that it is ending medical research by government scientists that uses human fetal tissue,.
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A non-profit research institution in Maine is receiving a grant of almost $18 million to support its biomedical research and research training work in the state.
HOUSTON (AP) — A prominent cancer center in Houston has ousted three of five scientists whom federal authorities identified as being involved in Chinese efforts to steal American...
Study shows promise for bivalves as model organisms
EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — Researchers with a Maine marine science center say some shellfish have the ability to contribute to human health, and not just when covered in linguini.
Brown U criticized for using live pigs in medical training
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An advocacy group has asked federal regulators to investigate Brown University's medical school, arguing it is violating the law by using live pigs for training in emergency medicine.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine on Tuesday asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to investigate animal use at the Warren Alpert Medical School at the Ivy League university.
The Latest: Brown U responds to criticism over use of pigs
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on Brown University facing criticism for using live pigs in medical training. (all times local):
Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital say they abide by all federal regulations and follow strict protocols when using animals for training in emergency medicine.
Virginia firm says it has license to study medical marijuana
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A research firm in Virginia says it has gotten a federal license to import high-quality extracts of marijuana for medical research.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday that Sanyal Biotechnology will soon embark on a series of critical studies into treatment of various diseases and disorders.
Renewed battle over using fetal tissue in medical research
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers clashed over science, ethics and politics at a House hearing Thursday on using fetal tissue in critically important medical research, as the Trump administration reviews the government's ongoing support for such studies.
Research fields in which fetal tissue is used include HIV, childhood cancers, treatments that enlist the body's immune system to battle cancer, and the hunt for a vaccine against the Zika virus, a cause of birth defects.
Thai police hand over 100 kilos of marijuana for research
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police on Tuesday handed over around 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of seized marijuana for medical research, as officials seek to produce pot-based medication.
University of Kentucky announces fundraising campaign
The University of Kentucky has launched the public phase of a $2 billion-plus fundraising campaign, laying out a set of goals that include expanding student scholarships and boosting medical research in a state struggling with high rates of cancer and other chronic illnesses.
Rhode Island Hospital to launch a research center on opioids
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Hospital says it has been awarded nearly $12 million to establish a research center on opioids to help fight the overdose epidemic.
The hospital in Providence says it received a five-year, $11.8 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence on opioids and overdose.
Former research chimps to get new life at Georgia sanctuary
MORGANTON, Ga. (AP) — On a sunny Tuesday in May, 11-year-old Hercules made a brave move and ventured outside alone. He moved slowly at first, looking at the ground and shaking his head before walking across 2 acres of forest to observe the sights and sounds around him. Not far behind him was Leo, also 11, who ran forward before stopping, sitting down and staring up at the sky.
Hercules and Leo are former research chimpanzees, and it was the first time in their lives they had ever been outside.
Abortion opponents lose appeal in fetal tissue research case
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Abortion rights opponents who challenged the University of Minnesota's use of aborted fetal tissue for medical research have lost an appeal.
The ruling issued Monday by the state Court of Appeals says the lawsuit filed in 2016 by Pro-Life Action Ministries is moot because the Legislature clarified the law, allowing the research, while the case was pending
UCF taking over research facility that received incentives
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The University of Central Florida is taking over the Orlando facility of a medical research organization that had received more than $350 million in public and private incentives.
Judge dismisses lawsuit over newborn blood draws in Michigan
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a group of Michigan parents who alleged that the state didn't obtain proper consent to draw or store their newborns' blood for medical research.
An attorney for the parents tells WOOD-TV an appeal is planned.
3 scientists share $500,000 prize for work on cancer therapy
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Tumors once considered untreatable have disappeared and people previously given months to live are surviving for decades thanks to new therapies emerging from the work of three scientists chosen to receive a $500,000 medical prize.
The recipients of the annual Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, announced Wednesday, are being recognized for their studies of the immune system that have led to innovative treatments for cancer, HIV and other diseases.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded about $340,000 in seed funding to promising medical research projects.
The foundation said Friday that it's awarding the grants to 16 projects to help researchers advance their projects to the point where they can compete for national funding.
A Miriam Hospital project that aims to improve the quality of life for people with chronic Lyme disease received a grant.
ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — A Maine laboratory will celebrate the opening of a new $200 million mice breeding facility next month.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore firefighters on Thursday cleared people out of two medical research buildings due to tuberculosis contamination, but authorities later said there was no risk of infection to anyone and the evacuation order was lifted.
Kim Hoppe, a spokeswoman with Johns Hopkins Medicine, said a small sample of frozen tuberculosis was "inadvertently released" in an internal bridge between two cancer research buildings that don't connect to the hospital.
DENVER (AP) — Federal inspectors found a critical violation of animal welfare by a medical research center in Denver in its treatment of guinea pigs.
The Denver Post reports the federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service conducted a routine examination of the National Jewish Health lab earlier this year, finding issues with a study involving exposure to cigarette smoke.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Four baboons are back in an enclosure after escaping briefly from a San Antonio medical research center.
Officials at the Southwest National Primate Research Center, which is part of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, say three of the baboons were captured within about 30 minutes Saturday after they managed to get out of their enclosure and beyond a perimeter fence. A fourth animal also was accounted for later.
HEMLOCK, Mich. (AP) — A group of Michigan parents have filed a lawsuit alleging that the state didn't obtain proper consent to draw or store their newborns' blood for medical research.
Cancer patients in isolated corners of Minnesota will gain easier access to experimental medications, treatment protocols and prevention programs through a new state-funded cancer consortium launched Monday.
UMinn wins $42 million biomedical research grant
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A $42 million biomedical research grant to the University of Minnesota is one of the biggest federal grants the school has ever received.
The university is announcing the National Institutes of Health grant Friday morning. The Star Tribune says the five-year grant will pay for a variety of research, especially into new devices, tests and treatment methods.
University of Minnesota wins $42 million in federal funds for biomedical research
The University of Minnesota has won a highly competitive $42 million biomedical research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of the two biggest federal grants the U has ever received.
The award, set to be announced Friday morning, restores a major funding stream that the U lost two years ago.
The five-year grant will support a variety of research and training activities, especially those that help translate medical research into new devices, tests and treatment methods.
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PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The family of a girl who was killed in a Florida school shooting has set up a fund to support research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
The ALS Association announced The Carmen Schentrup ALS Research Fund on Wednesday. Schentrup was one of 17 people killed in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two people were burned in a chemical explosion that forced the evacuation of a laboratory at the University of Utah.
Salt Lake City firefighters responded to a Hazmat incident at the Emma Eccles Jones Medical Research Building at about 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Fire officials say the two victims suffered minor burn injuries in an explosive chemical reaction that included a nitric acid spill.
Pioneer in chemotherapy field has died
SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A pioneer in the field of chemotherapy has died.
Mary Holland says her father, Dr. James F. Holland, died Tuesday at the age of 92.
Holland shared the prestigious Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research in 1972.
Professor reprimanded over selfie with severed heads
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A top University of Connecticut dental school professor was reprimanded over a selfie showing him and several students with two severed heads used for medical research, according to a document obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.
APNewsBreak: Dental students took selfie with severed heads
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Graduate dental school students and a top University of Connecticut orthodontics professor took a selfie with two severed heads used for medical research at a training workshop at Yale University last year — an episode Yale officials called "disturbing" and "inexcusable."
The selfie was taken in June at the Yale School of Medicine during the 2017 DePuy Synthes Future Leaders Workshop, which focused on dental-related facial deformities.
Gov’t scientists scramble to save research ahead of shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's premier medical research institute is in "a scramble" to prepare for a partial government shutdown that could ruin costly experiments and leave sick patients unable to enter cutting-edge studies, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health said Thursday.
University launches investigation into fetal tissue transfer
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is investigating the transfer of fetal tissue by a faculty member to a private medical research company in Michigan.
The Latest: Group concerned about abortion consent forms
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the New Mexico attorney general's findings in a case stemming from the use of fetal tissue in medical research (all times local):
An anti-abortion group is taking issue with findings from the New Mexico Attorney General's Office that state laws were not violated by the transfer of aborted fetal tissue from an Albuquerque women's clinic to researchers at the University of New Mexico.
U of Chicago cancer research program to include teachers
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools teachers and students will research cancer next summer in a University of Chicago program.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the program is expanding to include teachers so they can share what they've learned with more students in their classrooms.
FBI reviewing referrals related to fetal tissue research
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities in New Mexico are reviewing information related to a long-running controversy over the use of aborted fetus tissue in medical research.
U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce announced Monday that the FBI is considering to two criminal referrals sent to the New Mexico Attorney General's Office by a Republican-run House panel created to investigate Planned Parenthood and the world of fetal tissue research.
New leader chosen for LSU’s Pennington research center
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center has a new leader.
John Kirwan, director of the Metabolic Translational Research Center and professor of molecular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, was named Tuesday as Pennington's executive director. LSU's governing board is expected to approve the appointment Friday.
German paramedic convicted of raping women in research hoax
BERLIN (AP) — A German court has sentenced a paramedic to 10 years in prison for giving women sedatives he said were for medical research and then sexually assaulting them.
German news agency dpa reported that the Nuremberg state court convicted the 41-year-old defendant Monday of seven counts of rape and 10 counts of sexually assaulting people unable to defend themselves. In all, he's accused of assaulting 23 women between 2009 and 2016.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sanford Health is creating a $1 million global medical research prize to honor advancements in medicine, one of the largest philanthropic awards in the world.
Officials with the health care company shared details about the Lorraine Cross Award on Wednesday.
"We're so close to solving some big problems and maybe our elbow is what is needed to shove them over the edge," said Kelby Krabbenhoft, president and CEO of Sanford.
Sanford Health creates $1M medical research award
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sanford Health is creating a $1 million global medical research prize to honor advancements in medicine, one of the largest philanthropic awards in the world.
Officials with the health care company shared details about the Lorraine Cross Award on Wednesday, the Argus Leader reported .
University of Wyoming to grow Sensory Biology Center
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming is establishing a new biomedical research center focusing on sensory biology.
The Laramie Boomerang reports the university will develop the center with a $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
Provo restaurateur arrested on reports of rape after posing as medical researcher
A Provo man was arrested Wednesday on reports of raping and sexually abusing a woman he met through Craigslist.
Borzin Mottaghian, 34, was arrested Wednesday by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of two counts of the first-degree felony of object rape, two counts of the second-degree felony of object rape, the second-degree felony of forcible sexual abuse and the third-degree felony of forcible sexual abuse, according to a police report.
Rarely a week goes by that Fort Wayne breast cancer surgeon Dr. Rachael Hayes doesn't see a case that's been aided by the work of Dr. Dennis Slamon.
"I had a lady today who had a lymph-node-proven cancer and I took out that lymph node and sent it to pathology to be tested (for cancer), and there was nothing left. Gone," she said, adding: "This happens routinely."
New medical research firms proof of Connecticut’s chemistry
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some of the country's most promising biotech firms think Connecticut has the right economic DNA to support their businesses.
UNMC research funding, at $117.1 million, surpasses record of fiscal 2016
The University of Nebraska Medical Center continued to gain ground in research funding last year.
UNMC researchers brought in a record $117.1 million in grants and contracts during fiscal year 2017, up nearly 2 percent from a record $115.1 million the previous year.
Twitter reverses decision to block Senate candidate’s video
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Twitter is reversing a decision to keep Tennessee Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn from promoting a campaign video on that platform because of the congresswoman's statements about the sale of fetal tissue for medical research.
Blackburn, a Republican running for the seat being opened by the pending retirement of Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, boasts in the ad that she "stopped the sale of baby body parts."
No decision on a Madison-area Foxconn facility until 2018, a rep says
Don't expect a quick decision from Foxconn on the possibility of building a medical-related facility in Dane County, a Foxconn Medical Group representative said Tuesday.
And if the Taiwanese electronics giant does decide to open a medical factory in Wisconsin, the Madison area is not the only location under consideration, the representative said while in Madison for a biotech conference where he detailed the company's medical research.
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