Latest National Institute of General Medical Sciences Stories

Grants Fund Research On How Infectious Diseases Spread
2012-09-29 04:55:54

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other US and UK agencies are joining forces to determine whether or not human-induced changes to the environment have played a role in the spread of West Nile virus, Lyme disease and other ailments. The NSF, the NIH's Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) program, the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the...

2012-04-10 09:18:27

Researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a novel technique that may give doctors a faster and more sensitive tool to detect pathogens associated with inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease. The new nanoparticle-based technique also may be used for detection of other microbes that have challenged scientists for centuries because they hide deep in human tissue and are able to reprogram cells to successfully evade the immune system. The microbes...

2011-05-26 08:00:00

ROCKVILLE, Md., May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has elected Jeremy M. Berg, Ph.D., as the next president of the nonprofit. His term begins July 1, 2012. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110526/DC08945LOGO) Berg has directed the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health since November 2003. He is leaving that position in June to join the University of Pittsburgh....

2010-12-06 14:15:26

Sugar molecules coat every cell in our bodies and play critical roles in development and disease, yet the components of these "glycans" have been difficult for scientists to study, because of their complexity. Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine have adapted gene chip microarray technology to the study of glycans, with an approach they call "shotgun glycomics." The Emory team has developed a new chemical method for attaching a fluorescent dye to glycans purified from cells. The...

2010-10-08 02:22:15

In a technical tour de force, structural biologists funded by the National Institutes of Health have determined the three-dimensional structure of a molecule involved in HIV infection and in many forms of cancer. The high-resolution structure sheds light on how the molecule functions and could point to ways to control its activity, potentially locking out HIV and stalling cancer's spread. The molecule, CXCR4, is part of a large family of proteins called G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs)....

2010-09-07 09:48:00

National Institutes of Health supports research to understand how genes affect responses to medicines in leukemia MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With its new expansion of the Pharmacogenomics Research Network (PGRN), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded St. Jude Children's Research Hospital a prestigious grant to focus on anticancer agent research in children. The five-year, $8.6 million grant is titled "PAAR4Kids--Pharmacogenomics of Anticancer Agents...

2010-05-18 14:40:00

BETHESDA, Md., May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has submitted comments on the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) strategic plan for training and career development. "FASEB values NIGMS' long-standing commitment to training the next generation of biomedical researchers," said FASEB President, Dr. Mark Lively, "and we share the institute's interest in ensuring that our nation's training programs meet...

2010-04-30 08:40:32

Study demonstrates that whole-genome analysis may play future role in clinical medicine Scientists at Stanford and Harvard Universities collaborated to assess the clinical usefulness of analyzing a patient's full genome for disease risks and unusual drug responses. The work brings closer to reality the concept that whole-genome sequencing might one day play a clinical role. The analysis, which was supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), appears in the May 1, 2010 issue of...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'