Arizona Bioscience News: AZ Alzheimer’s researchers receive $5M grant; $30M donated to Biosphere 2; Flagstaff Festival of Science begins

September 21, 2017

By Amy Pitney

See this year’s legislative winners who support the state’s technology initiatives / Phoenix Business Journal

The Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority have announced this year’s Arizona legislative winners honored for their support of technology.

Billionaire Edward Bass donates $30 million to University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 / Arizona Daily Star

Texas billionaire Edward Bass—one of the founders of Biosphere 2 who paid for the construction of the Biosphere starting in 1986—has gifted $30 million to the University of Arizona to support the research facility in Oracle.

People at risk for Alzheimer’s wanted for major study testing possible preventive therapies / Alzheimer’s News Today

Phoenix-based Banner Alzheimer’s Institute is recruiting older people in good cognitive health, but with two copies of the “risk gene” for Alzheimer’s disease, for a worldwide clinical trial to test possible preventive therapies.

Grant funds Arizona-based collaboration for Alzheimer’s research / KTAR

A $5 million grant from NOMIS, a private Switzerland-based scientific foundation, will fund a collaboration between multiple Arizona institutions to research Alzheimer’s disease. Read also: TGen part of Alzheimer’s collaboration that lands $5M grant

28th annual Flagstaff Festival of Science explores feats of engineering / Arizona Daily Sun

About 17,000 people are expected to attend the annual Festival of Science in Flagstaff, with more than 100 free events planned over 10 days to celebrate science. Read also: Flagstaff Festival of Science just keeps getting better

Banner, Core continue strengthening partnership with joint ownership of surgery center / Phoenix Business Journal

Banner Health and the Core Institute have become joint owners in a surgery center in Glendale, renamed the Banner Core Union Hills Surgery Center, specializing in orthopedic surgery, knee replacement, sports-medicine procedures, spine and pain management, and foot and ankle surgery.

ASU continues to push women to pursue STEM majors / State Press

Arizona State University continues to encourage more women to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees, doubling female STEM enrollment since 2002.