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UNH's Center of Integrated Biomedical and Bioengineering Research Receives $10M NIH Grant

National Institutes of Health Phase 2 award will accelerate innovative human health research at UNH
The University of New Hampshire’s Center of Integrated Biomedical and Bioengineering Research (CIBBR) has been granted a second $10 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), enabling the center to continue advancing cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and foster innovation in the biomedical and bioengineering sciences to tackle complex challenges in human health and disease...
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1 out of 4 Americans likely have Toxoplasmosis. What’s Toxoplasmosis?

New research investigates genetic “switches” of toxoplasmosis parasite
Key Finding The protein bromodomain protein 1 (or BDP1) plays a key role gene regulation to allow the parasite Toxoplasma gondii to infect and cause disease in its host. Key Terms Bromodomain protein 1 (or BDP1): A protein in Toxoplasma and related parasites that contains a bromodomain which gives it the ability to "read" marks on the genome and control gene expression. Cryptosporidium...
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Bold Ideas, Better Outcomes

UNH biomedical and bioengineering researchers explore innovative solutions to complex health conditions
Scientific discoveries made by biomedical and bioengineering researchers at UNH over the past five years are transforming how a range of complex health conditions — from cancer and chronic wounds to neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s — are being diagnosed, treated and prevented. Find this story and more in the latest issue of Spark, UNH’s annual research review, now live...
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Predicting Eye Disease

New National Eye Institute grant supports research into degenerative eye diseases
A recently awarded $1.5 million grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Eye Institute will support ongoing research into retinal degenerative diseases led by Rick Cote, a professor in the molecular, cellular and biomedical sciences department and the director of the Center of Integrated Biomedical and Bioengineering Research (CIBBR) at UNH. This latest grant extends...
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Sequencing Variants

With NIH grant, UNH will help understand COVID-19 variants
As COVID variants march steadily through the Greek alphabet, UNH has received new funding from the National Institutes of Health to continue its genomic surveillance of COVID-19 variants in New Hampshire. The work could lead to better understanding of how specific variants increase transmissibility of the virus, evade the immune systems of those previously infected or increase severity of...
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Dedicated to Health Disparities Research

Nutrition researcher named a faculty fellow in a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute funded program
Nutrition researcher Maria Carlota Dao, an assistant professor at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture and a New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES) researcher, was recently selected as a faculty fellow with the Obesity Health Disparities Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (OHD PRIDE) program at the University of Houston....
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Repurposing Drug Compound Could Slow COVID Spread

Acts to inhibit “molecular scissors” that lets virus replicate
Krisztina Varga, associate Professor of Molecular, cellular and Biomedical Sciences. Photo by Jeremy Gasowski. With the end of the pandemic seemingly nowhere in sight, scientists are still very focused on finding new or alternative drugs to treat and stop the spread of COVID-19. In a first-of-its-kind study, UNH researchers found that using an existing drug compound in a new way, known as drug...
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Innovation Inspiration

COVID response, Nature Groupie honored as Innovators of the Year
During the COVID pandemic, many of us embraced two new activities: Swabbing our noses to test for the virus and getting outdoors. UNHInnovation’s Innovator of the Year awards recently honored UNH faculty and staff who helped us do both. W. Kelley Thomas, professor and director of the Hubbard Center for Genome Studies, and UNH Police Chief Paul Dean were honored for their contributions to UNH’s...
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Boosting Biomanufacturing

UNH will lead $6M project to develop quality control sensors
Researchers in UNH’s Surface Enhanced Electrochemical Diagnostic Sensors (SEEDS) Lab have received an EPSCoR grant from the National Science Foundation for close to $6 million to lead a team in developing sensors to promote quality control in biomanufacturing — the production of important biomaterials used in medicine, food and even engineered human organs — a field that is becoming a significant...
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Wound Healing Trailblazers

NIH funding supports innovative solution to chronic wounds
  The researchers will synthesize the hydrogel containing two materials, gelatin and melanin from cuttlefish ink. Once applied to the wounded area, this hydrogel can deactivate the enzyme (MMP-9) by absorbing zinc ion from MMP-9. Kyung Jae Jeong and Young Jo Kim, associate and assistant professors, respectively, of chemical engineering, received a National Institutes of Health “Trailblazer”...