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@Rochester — Jan. 9, 2008

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In Today's Issue

  • Making Cavity-Causing Bacteria Self-Destruct
  • Free Wellness Fair
  • Tendon Implants Prove Effective In Early Studies
  • Volunteers Needed for Orthopaedic Study
  • Event Highlight: Second Friday Science Social
  • Rochester in the News: University Receives Stem Cell Grant
  • In Higher Ed: Yale to Increase Endowment Spending

News and Announcements

Research Aims to Make Cavity-Causing Bacteria Self-Destruct
Bacteria that eat sugar and release cavity-causing acid onto teeth may soon be made dramatically more vulnerable to their own acid. Medical Center researchers have identified key genes and proteins that, if interfered with, can take away the ability of a key bacterial species to thrive as its acidic waste builds up in the mouth. Read more... 

Free Wellness Fair
Enjoy free massages, blood glucose testing,  blood pressure checks, food samples, and eyeglass adjustments during the wellness fair at the Medical Center Fitness and Wellness Center. The Wednesday, Jan. 30, event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes raffle prizes and more than 20 vendors with information on your health.

Tendon Implants Prove Effective In Early Studies
Donated, freeze-dried tendon grafts loaded with gene therapy may offer effective repair of injured tendons, according to a Medical Center study published online in the journal Molecular Therapy. Read more... 

Healthy Volunteers Needed for Orthopaedic Study
The Center for Musculoskeletal Research is currently conducting a research study to examine the association between lead exposure and bone density. If you are between the ages of 55-65 and have not been treated for osteoporosis, you may be eligible to participate. Study procedures would include one visit at the Medical Center, a bone density scan, an x-ray to measure lead bone level, and a small blood draw. If you are eligible and participate in the study, you will receive $50 in cash. For more information, contact Kelly Unsworth at (585) 273-1465.


Friday, Jan. 11
Second Friday Science Social: William Bowen, professor emeritus of dentistry. Ryan Case Methods Room (1-9576) in the Medical Center. 4 p.m.

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Rochester in the News

Democrat and Chronicle (Jan. 8)
"State Gives $14.5M for Stem Cell Research
The University was among the institutions selected to receive $1 million grants from New York State's new funding for stem cell research. "Just how quickly the state has moved from passing the bill and getting money out is extraordinary when you compare it to the time it has taken other states," said Peter Robinson, Medical Center chief operating officer. (Also reported by Ithaca Journal, The Journal News.) Read more...

In Higher Education

New York Times (Jan. 8)
"Yale Plans to Increase Spending From Its Endowment
"Yale’s announcement came in the wake of questions from Congress and donors as to why wealthy universities raise tuition faster than the rate of inflation while the value of their endowments soars." Read more...

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