July 27, 2009
Muscular dystrophy breakthrough
Deposits of toxic RNA (shown in red) are seen here inside muscle cell nuclei (blue) from an individual with myotonic dystrophy. Rochester researchers have discovered a way to block the genetic flaw at the heart of a common form of muscular dystrophy. The results suggest a new avenue for therapies that may essentially reverse symptoms. Read more.
Webster Pilcher, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and future director of the Ernest J. Del Monte Neuromedicine Institute,. recently discussed the institute’s role in fostering promising research.
Six research projects at the University have been selected as recipients of the second Provost’s Multidisciplinary Awards.
Bradford Berk, the Medical Center’s CEO, who was injured in a bicycling accident in late May, is expected to remain in acute rehabilitation for approximately six more weeks before returning home to complete what is likely to be a nine to 12-month recovery process.
The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences became the Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences on July 1. The change recognizes the service of Ed Hajim ’58 and his contributions to the University.
The evolution of dentistry at Rochester took a big step in June, with the formation of the Eastman Institute for Oral Health. The integration of patient care, education, and research into a single institute is unique nationwide, according to Cyril Meyerowitz, who has served as director of the Eastman Dental Center for the past 10 years.
The Medical Center and the School of Medicine and Dentistry have acting leaders as the new academic year gets set to begin.
Last month, the University’s United Way leaders announced that faculty, staff, students, and retirees have raised $1,305,295—officially exceeding the University’s $1.3 million goal.
Robert Hopkins, one of the first scientists to exploit the computer as a tool for designing optical systems and also among the first to recognize the important role the laser would play in the future of subjects like solid state physics and quantum physics, died July 4 in Ithaca, N.Y.
Eleanor Abell Hall, chair of the Department of Nursing of the School of Medicine and Dentistry from 1957 to 1971 who is credited with paving the way for an independent School of Nursing, died July 14 at Highland Hospital.
June 24 marked the first National Trails Day at the University.
Rein in rogue RNA to treat muscular dystrophy; ‘Life Force’ and stress management; Keys to happiness; Metal pumps liquid uphill; OJ worse for teeth than whitening.
An ultrapowerful laser can turn regular incandescent light- bulbs into power-sippers, say Rochester optics researchers.
Four Rochester undergraduate students and one student from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT tour Paris under the guidance of Rochester professor Guillaume Chastel.
Oil portraits of G. Robert Witmer Jr., and Robert Goergen were added to the Great Hall of Rush Rhees Library to honor their service as chairmen of the University’s Board of Trustees.
Fall Buzz is the annual back-to school guide for students.