Biozona Weekly: Alzheimer’s research; summer STEM education; change at Biodesign

July 15, 2011

By hammersmith

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Stopping Alzheimer’s in Its Tracks
07/14/2010 | Arizona Illustrated | Pam White

Alzheimer’s Disease afflicts 30 million people worldwide, and its incidence is on the rise. Eric Reiman, executive director of the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, joins Dr. Geoffrey Ahern, University of Arizona professor of neurology, psychology, and psychiatry, on Arizona Illustrated to discuss the latest research being done to help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.

Scenes from Sahuarita: UA science program inspires SHS senior
07/12/2011 | Sahuarita Sun | Jeannie Applegate

Vicram Vettiyil, a senior at Sahuarita High School, is among the top 24 students in Arizona who have been participating in the Keep Engaging Youth in Science program through UA this summer. Vicram has been working in the lab of Jonathan Vande Geest, a researcher with the UA College of Engineering. His project involves creating synthetic aneurisms for patient treatment through 3-D replication of CT scans from 2-D images.

Grant provides 45 carefully chosen interns for TGen
07/09/2010 | Arizona Republic | Kerry Fehr-Snyder

This is the fifth year of TGen’s eight-week summer internship program funded by the Helios Education Foundation. The foundation gave $6.5 million to TGen for the program over five years. Every year, more than 500 students apply for 45 full-time, paid internship spots in the program.

ASU Biodesign Institute chief takes on new role
07/08/2011 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

Alan C. Nelson has left his post as executive director of Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute for a new ASU research position that will focus on early detection of diseases. Nelson pursued the position to lead the newly created Predictive Health Analytics initiative because it matches his expertise and discoveries in early-disease detection, according to Rick Shangraw, ASU’s senior vice president for knowledge-enterprise development. 

Phoenix group helps doctors identify ovarian cancer treatments
07/06/2011 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

The Phoenix-based International Genomics Consortium is one step closer to helping doctors identify more precise treatments for ovarian cancer. Isolating the specific genetic mutations found in ovarian cancer is a major step toward finding advanced treatments, said consortium CEO Dr. Robert Penny. He’s the principal investigator of the Biospecimen Core Resource and Tissue Source Site network, which in turn is part of the Cancer Genome Atlas research network.

Science group is a job, cash machine
07/06/2011 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

A report to be released today says Science Foundation Arizona-issued grants to non-profit groups and university-research projects have helped support or create 1,524 jobs since 2007. The report also says Science Foundation grants have returned $3.15 for every $1 the state has invested in the group’s university and non-profit grant programs.