Biozona Weekly: Alzheimer’s study; Brain injury grant; Bioscience commitment

December 6, 2013

By hammersmith

Phoenix’s ClearData Networks lands $14M to expand health care IT company
12/5/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

ClearData Networks Inc., a Phoenix-based health care cloud computing platform and service provider, announced it has closed on a $14 million round of funding to expand its operations.

TGen, Barrow, Phoenix Children’s land $4M for brain injury RNA sequencing study
12/4/13 | GenomeWeb Daily News | Staff Report

TGen, the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital have received a $4 million grant to search for biomarkers to identify which brain injury patients are at risk for devastating complications.

UA physician revolutionizing organ transplants
12/4/13 | KVOA | John Overall

Dr. Zain Khalpey, a cardiothoracic surgeon at the University of Arizona Medical Center, is working to revolutionize organ transplant procedures with the help of a special bio-reactor he and his former colleagues developed.

Arizona Science Center receives grant to improve STEM
12/1/13 | Arizona Republic | Luci Scott

Teams from three Arizona school districts meet monthly to create ways to improve STEM curriculum with hopes of becoming models for the state or nation, thanks to a grant to the Arizona Science Center from the Helios Education Foundation.

Creating a balanced economic development strategy
12/1/13 | Arizona Daily Star | Lawrence Hecker (Guest Opinion)

Tucson has most of the resources needed to build an economy that produces sustainable, well-paying, skills-based and accessible jobs, but our challenge is to assemble these resources into a cohesive force.

Future scientific innovation needs new partnerships
12/1/13 | Arizona Daily Star | Joaquin Ruiz (UA dean, College of Science)

The University of Arizona is at the center of some of the most extraordinary science experiments and discoveries, but future challenges will demand even more partnerships between UA and the federal government, industry and private foundations.

Infants with Alzheimer’s gene APOE-E4 have differences in brain development: Study
11/25/13 | CBS News | Michelle Castillo

In a new study conducted by researchers from Brown University and the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, the team discovered that infants who have a specific gene variant called APOE-E4 have a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s later on in life.

How to invest in bioscience? Road map coming in April
11/24/13 | Arizona Republic | Jack Jewett & Martin Shultz (Op-ed)

As part of the Flinn Foundation’s assessment of the past decade in biosciences, a great deal of effort was spent exploring the question of whether Arizona should continue its commitment to and investment in the biosciences. The consensus answer was not if, but how.