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Research on Tobacco-related Health Risks, USC remains at the Forefront

A new, $ 17.8 million grant will ensure USC remains at the forefront of research to protect people from tobacco-related health risks. The money will be used to promote biomedical and behavioral research to build the scientific underpinning for regulation of tobacco products . USC is part of a national, federally funded program to assess and prevent harm from tobacco products.

Bioresorbable Optical Probe for Brain Implant Developed

A University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineer is working in collaboration with a pioneer in the field to develop an implantable optical probe that can be inserted in the brain and used to monitor brain function after traumatic injuries or surgeries, then be absorbed by the body. If successful, the device would increase patient comfort during recovery and lessen the risks of complications from surgery to remove monitoring devices.

Research in the Field of Commensal Microbiota, Study

The winner of the Johanna Duermueller-Bol DBMR Research Award 2018 is Dr. Stephanie Ganal-Vonarburg. As a Senior Scientist, she conducts research in the Gastroenterology / Mucosal Immunology Research Laboratory at Bern University Hospital and at the Department for BioMedical Research at the University of Bern. Ganal-Vonarburg is being awarded for its research in the field of commensal microbiota – the microbes in the intestine.

Measles and Rubella Vaccines: InDevR's New VaxArray to Improve Potency Testing

InDevR announced that it will follow proof of concept development for new VaxArray potency assays for measles (M) and rubella vaccines sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The long-term objective is to create in vitro measles and rubella potency assays in order to deliver high-quality MR vaccines to market faster and with lower production costs. The project will leverage the multiplexed VaxArray platform, which was first developed and validated for more efficient potency testing of influenza vaccines.

EPA Approves for New Bacteriostatic Surface Coating

Allied BioScience, a Plano, Texas-based biotechnology company announced today it has received an approved label from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for SurfaceWise ™, a new bacteriostatic surface coating that inhibits the growth of and provides continuous protection against bacteria, fungi (mold and mildew) and algae which cause odor, staining and discoloration in various commercial settings, including hospitals and sports facilities.

Opioid Use & Insufficient Weaning Pre-Discharge May Increase Outpatient Opioid Prescript

In Aldous Huxley's 1932 novel Brave New World, citizens are trapped in a chemically induced state of docility and compliance. Their fictional drug of choice: Soma. Throughout North America and in some parts of Europe today, people are rendered into a diminished state (and killed) by an all too real version of soma: Opioids.

The misuse of these powerful narcotics is leading to an epidemic of addiction and death. As doctors and researchers, we want to highlight this epidemic-emergent as a major disruptor within Canada's hospitals.