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December 01, 2015

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NASA grant explores space travel and the brain

M. Kerry O’Banion, professor of neurobiology and anatomy, has been awarded $1.8 million from NASA to study whether extended deep space travel places astronauts at risk for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. The grant is one of nine announced by NASA that will fund research to better understand and reduce the risks to humans associated with long journeys in deep space.

Scientist wins award to develop obesity drug

Medical Center researcher Richard Phipps, the Wright Family Research Professor of Environmental Medicine, is the first Rochester faculty member to receive the competitive Novo Nordisk Diabetes and Obesity Biologics Science Forum Award. He will use the award to collaborate on a new obesity therapy based on his laboratory’s discoveries.

Study to examine early sex differences in health, disease

A research team led by Emily Barrett,  assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, will use a $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to look for an explanation for sex differences in human health and disease, focusing on a mother’s anxiety during pregnancy.

New study focuses on HIV care in Africa

A new $2.9 million grant will support Medical Center researchers seeking to better understand the risk and potential negative drug interactions experienced by people living with HIV-associated seizures in Africa. The study will be led by a team of Medical Center researchers, including Gretchen Birbeck, Michael Potchen, Brent Johnson, and Harris Gelbard, in partnership with collaborators in Zambia.

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