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University of Minnesota tackles Friedreich’s ataxia, a progressive neurological condition

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The University of Minnesota is pushing research efforts forward against the progressive neurological condition, Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) after receiving $150,000 in new funding from the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), GoFAR, and Ataxia U.K. These foundations launched an international call for projectsto develop new non-invasive approaches for evaluating how neurons in the brain and spinal cord are affected in people with FA, especially in the early stages of the disease. Another project was also selected and funded at the University of Newcastle, U.K.

Luc Dufresne to receive Science in Practice award at Leman Swine Conference Sept. 15

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Luc Dufresne, D.V.M., senior director of health assurance at Seaboard Foods, will receive the Science in Practice award for his work leading swine health management at Seaboard Foods, keeping science relevant to industry by moving research into the field. Dufresne will receive the award at the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 at 9:45 a.m. at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.   

Chronic stress, depressive symptoms, and hostility associated with increased risk of stroke

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Negative emotions are associated with significantly increased risk of stroke or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs, or mini strokes) in middle-aged and older adults, according to new research out of the University of Minnesota.

The results are published in the latest edition of the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

University of Minnesota research uncovers structure, protein elements critical to human function and disease

Monday, June 23, 2014

New structures discovered within cilia show a relationship between certain proteins and juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. The discovery, made at the University of Minnesota, was named paper of the week in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, and sheds new light on the microstructure of cilia.

Cilia are microscopic, hair-like structures occurring in large numbers on the surface of some of the body’s cells and are involved in movement and perception. Cilia are composed of double microtubules, which are in turn composed of protofilaments.

Master regulator of key cancer gene found, offers new drug target

Monday, June 23, 2014

Gene partnership may be fueling cancer spread in as much as 20 percent of cancers

A key cancer-causing gene, responsible for up to 20 percent of cancers, may have a weak spot in its armor, according to new research from the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.

The partnership of MYC, a gene long linked to cancer, and a non-coding RNA, PVT1, could be the key to understanding how MYC fuels cancer cells. The research is published in the latest issue of the journal Nature.