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Georgetown and Howard receive $27 million award for clinical and translational research
(Georgetown University Medical Center) A large clinical research program led by Georgetown and Howard universities, facilitating the participation of more than four million Washington-area residents in clinical trials, has received a $27 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health. The NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences awarded a five-year renewal of the prestigious Clinical and Translational Science Award to Georgetown University and Howard University on Aug. 28.

UTIA professors help launch new online wildlife disease reporting system
(University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture) Researchers with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture were instrumental in creating a new online portal for scientists studying a disease that is threatening the global populations of amphibians, reptiles and fish. The new portal is called the Global Ranavirus Reporting System. Ranaviruses are emerging pathogens capable of causing systemic hemorrhaging in amphibians, reptiles and fish that has been characterized as the 'Ebola of ectothermic vertebrate species.'

Stop and smell the volatile organic compounds (video)
(American Chemical Society) Is there anything better than a bouquet of fresh flowers? Well, as it turns out, you're not the only one who likes the smell of posies -- some flowers use their aroma to attract pollinators. Find out how airborne volatile organic compounds give petunias, roses and the notoriously stinky 'corpse flower' their characteristic aromas in the latest Speaking of Chemistry.

Nanoporous gold sponge makes DNA detector
(University of California - Davis) Sponge-like nanoporous gold could be key to new devices to detect disease-causing agents in humans and plants, according to two recent papers by UC Davis researchers.

Common antidepressant may change brain
(Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center) A commonly prescribed antidepressant may alter brain structures in depressed and non-depressed individuals in very different ways, according to new research at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

GVSU professor, student help discover one-million-year-old monkey fossil
(Grand Valley State University) An international team of scientists, including a Grand Valley State University professor and alumni, recently discovered a species of monkey fossil in the Dominican Republic the team has dated to be more than one million years old.

Spasm at site of atherosclerotic coronary artery narrowing increases risk of heart attack
(Kumamoto University) Researchers at Kumamoto University in Japan have found that patients with coronary spasm have a higher risk of heart attack in the relatively near future, especially when the spasm occurs at the site of atherosclerotic coronary artery narrowing. The results of this research have the potential to help in the prediction of future heart attack and with appropriate drug treatments.

SfN announces winners of Brain Awareness Video Contest
(Society for Neuroscience) Winners of SfN International 2015 Brain Awareness Video Contest Announced

Saint Louis University enrolls first US patient in rare heart disease trial
(Saint Louis University) Earlier this year, investigators at Saint Louis University enrolled the first US patient in a worldwide Phase 3 clinical trial of a medication to treat patients who have a rare form of heart failure due to a gene mutation.

Researchers show effectiveness of non-surgical treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis
(Boston University Medical Center) Patients with spinal stenosis experienced good short term benefit, lasting from weeks to months, after receiving epidural steroid injections. These findings, which appear in a letter in the journal Pain Medicine, contradict a previously published New England Journal Medicine study that found epidural steroid injections were not helpful in spinal stenosis cases.

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