Ensuring a Healthier State

Ensuring a Healthier State

UNH receives grant to perform surveillance for COVID-19 variants in New Hampshire
Researchers at the University of New Hampshire will start genomic testing of positive cases of the COVID-19 virus to help monitor for any variants of concern that may be found in New Hampshire. UNH received a grant of $757,000 from the National Institutes of Health to perform the testing in UNH’s state-of-the-art lab, specifically designed to handle COVID-19 testing, and the Hubbard Center for...
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Brain Monitor

NIH grant funds neurotransmitter sensing platform
With a new R21 Trailblazer Award from the National Institutes of Health, assistant professors Edward Song (electrical and computer engineering) and Arturo Andrade (biological sciences) will conduct research that will contribute to our understanding of mental illness and brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. The grant, for nearly $580,000 over 3 years, will help Song and Andrade...
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Mapping Memory Lane

New research to study role of neural cilia in memory formation
UNH researchers have received an Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study tiny antenna-like projections on the surface of brain cells called neuronal primary cilia, in an effort to understand how they regulate hippocampus-dependent memory formation. “Neuronal primary cilia are poorly understood cellular organelles in the brain,” says Xuanmao...
Associate Professor Harish Vashisth

Reactions in Action

New research could reshape how we design lifesaving drugs
Associate professor harish Vashisth New UNH research has uncovered a novel way of studying protein interactions which may improve the efficacy of a class of drugs — called allosteric drugs — that treat diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurological disorders. The research also has the potential to significantly cut time and cost of preliminary allosteric drug design by incorporating a...
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Excellence in Citations

Study ranks 41 UNH researchers in top 2 percent worldwide
A recent study published in PLOS Biology Journal lists 41 current and emeritus UNH researchers among the world's leading 100,000 researchers, in the top 2 percent. The study, led by John P.A. Ioannidis of Stanford University, ranked more than 6 million researchers in 22 disciplines and 176 subdisciplines researchers based on citation metrics from data from 2019. The UNH researchers — from the...
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Collaborative to the CoRE

UNH funds 15 interdisciplinary research projects
Fifteen teams representing 35 UNH faculty and staff members from across the university, as well as 26 external partners, were awarded Collaborative Research Excellence (CoRE) funding. The CoRE initiative of UNH’s Office of Research, Economic Engagement and Outreach supports interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts driven by UNH researchers addressing local, regional and world issues. “UNH...
Research Boost

Research Boost

With prestigious NIH grant, Harish Vashisth targets diabetes and cancer
Since winning a prestigious Early CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in 2016, Harish Vashisth has accelerated his career success. The latest example: a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that will further molecular research to better understand drug interactions at the cellular level. It could help lead to the development of new targeted drugs to treat...
Creating a Workforce

Creating a Workforce

Grant fuels NH biotech development initiative
A major new grant to UNH aims to develop an effective workforce for New Hampshire’s expanding regenerative medicine and biotechnology industries. The project, called NH CREATES the Future: the NH Collaborative for Regenerative Medicine Education and Training for Engineers and Scientists of the Future (NH CREATES), will engage middle and high school teachers and students in Manchester, Nashua,...
CIBBR Announces New Grants

CIBBR Announces New Grants

Funding supports development of new treatments for human diseases
The UNH Center for Integrated Biomedical and Bioengineering Research (CIBBR) recently announced funding for research studying important human diseases that currently lack adequate therapeutic interventions. Sherine Elsawa, associate professor of molecular, cellular and biomedical sciences and Vicki Jeffers, assistant professor of molecular, cellular and biomedical sciences, will each be receiving...

Pavlov’s Cells

UNH research finds synchronization of memory cells critical for learning, forming memories
The phrase “Pavlov’s dogs” has long evoked images of bells, food and salivating dogs. Even though this tried-and-true model of repetitive patterns mimics a variety of learning processes, what happens on a cellular level in the brain isn’t clear. ON THE LEFT IS AN ENLARGED IMAGE SHOWING MANY HIPPOCAMPAL NEURONS, MOST OF WHICH ARE SILENT AND ONLY A FEW ARE ACTIVE. ON THE RIGHT ARE CLOSE-UPS OF...