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Micron-sized hydrogel cubes show highly efficient delivery of a potent anti-cancer drug

Many potent anti-cancer drugs have major drawbacks — they fail to mix with water, which means they will have a limited solubility in blood, and they lack selectivity to cancer cells. Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center have developed micro-cubes that can sponge up a hydrophobic anti-cancer drug and ...

Auburn to host Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition

Local entrepreneurs who have a great product or service to share with the public are in luck: Alabama Launchpad has chosen Auburn as the home of its second regional competition for startups. The competition, slated to begin this fall, is a result of a partnership among Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, the city of Auburn, Auburn ...

Auburn University home to new pharmaceutical building

U.S. News and World Report ranks The Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University as one of the top 25 pharmacy schools in the country, and their new pharmaceutical building matches their ranking. The 37,000 square foot building took 16 months and $16.6 million to complete, but it is expected to take the program to a new level. "This building ...

HudsonAlpha biotech campus worth $1.85B to Alabama economy

Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has meant more than $1.85 billion to Alabama's economy in the past decade, according to an economic study released today. In the past two years alone, the study says, the economic impact has topped $500 million. HudsonAlpha is a life sciences campus housing genetic researchers, educators and associated companies. It employs more ...

HudsonAlpha hosts events highlighting Alzheimer disease research

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology recently hosted a series of events to highlight its current research efforts with Alzheimer disease. Nick Cochran, PhD, presented June 5 to HudsonAlpha supporters to kick off June’s Alzheimer and brain awareness month. In addition, HudsonAlpha president Richard M. Myers, PhD, and Nick Cochran, PhD, gave a joint presentation on June ...

HealthSouth partners with Auburn University School of Nursing

HealthSouth Corporation of Birmingham recently invested $325,000 in Auburn University's School of Nursing, solidifying the partnership between the healthcare provider and the university's nursing program. HealthSouth's gift supports the School of Nursing's effort to raise $5.6 million in private funding to match university funds for Auburn's first facility specifically built and designed for nursing education. It ...
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Shadow program gives aspiring undergraduates a sneak-peek of UAH’s research opportunities

Earlier this month, a dozen students from area high schools and community colleges were invited to spend an afternoon at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) shadowing undergraduate members of the university’s Summer Community of Scholars (SCS). The SCS comprises more than 80 UAH students participating in the Research or Creative Experience for Undergraduates ...
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UAB-led blue-ribbon committee creates ultrasound scoring system for thyroid nodules to reduce unnecessary biopsies

Nodules — a type of abnormality detected by ultrasound — are extremely common in the thyroid gland. Up to two-thirds of adults have nodules in this gland, and most are benign or only cause a slow-growing cancer that is no threat to life. A minority are aggressive cancer that requires treatment, leaving physicians and patients with ...

Tech Trek keeps Alabama girls in STEM pipeline

There was a study several years ago that looked at why so few women end up working in science and technology. "What they found was that eighth grade is about the time that girls fell out," of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, pipeline, said Dr. Rhonda Gaede, an associate professor of electrical and ...
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New grant will fund research of biomechanical markers in glaucoma

This study may explain why individuals of African descent are at the greatest risk of developing glaucoma.Massimo A. Fazio, Ph.D., assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Ophthalmology, and Christopher A. Girkin M.D., have received a four-year, $2.55 million R01 grant from the National Eye Institute to explore how visual field ...