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Hill promotes cancer research in Washington

Author: Michael Rodio

Reggie Hill in DC

Harper Cancer Research Institute Director Sharon Stack met last summer with Congressional staffers in Washington D.C. to advocate for cancer research. Last week, it was Reggie Hill’s turn.

Hill, the Archibald Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology at the University of Notre Dame, was one of 450 campaigners who visited Congress on Wednesday to advocate for federal pancreatic cancer research funding as part of the eighth annual Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Day. The event is organized by PANCAN, a nationwide network for advancing pancreatic cancer research.
 

 

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Thomson Reuters names Prashant Kamat one of the world's most influential scientific minds

Author: Stephanie Healey

Prashant Kamat

Prashant Kamat, The Rev. John. A Zahm, C.S.C., Professor of Science, has been selected as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher and has been included on Thomson Reuters’ list of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014. The list includes over 3,200 scientists across the globe who have published the highest number of articles that are cited the most frequently by other researchers.  The list was compiled from two separate Thomson Reuters studies that analyzed publication and citation data from 21 broad fields of study, ranging from chemistry to social sciences

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Notre Dame Haiti Program completes yearly mass drug administration

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Children at JUVENAT School in Haiti receive their annual medication from the Notre Dame Haiti Program to prevent lymphatic filariasis

The University of Notre Dame Haiti Program will complete the final mass drug administration (MDA) for this year in Arcahaie, Haiti, from Thursday-Sunday (June 19-22). The program, which aims to eliminate lymphatic filariasis, a mosquito-borne endemic disease, from Haiti by the year 2020, has successfully completed MDA this year in Léogâne, Port-au-Prince and 19 other communes in the Caribbean country.

Recently, the program completed MDA in the Carrefour commune, located at western end of the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. More than 1,000 students at JUVENAT School, a private school in the region, were among those who received a combination of two drugs designed to treat the parasitic worm that causes lymphatic filariasis.

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Conference highlights NPC research progress at Notre Dame and around the world

Author: Stephanie Healey

NPC Conference

Researchers from across the world gathered at the University of Notre Dame for the annual Michael, Marcia, and Christa Parseghian Conference for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) Research from June 12-14.  More than 70 researchers, patients, and family members attended the conference with some attendees travelling from as far as Chile, Denmark, France, Israel and the United Kingdom for this year’s event. Researchers from Columbia University, the National Institutes of Health, Scripps Research Institute, Stanford University, Tufts University, Weill Cornell Medical College and many other universities and institutions around the United States also came to the conference.

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Graduate students awarded fellowship for innovative research in precision medicine

Author: Melissa Endres

Kelsey Weigel

Two graduate students at the University of Notre Dame were the second annual recipients of the Berry Family Foundation Graduate Fellowships in Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics. The Berry Fellowships recognize outstanding contributions by Notre Dame graduate students in research related to improving human and environmental health. The recipients of the 2014–2015 fellowships were Kelsey Weigel of the Department of Biological Sciences and Md Itrat Bin Shams of the Department of Electrical Engineering.

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NPC researchers gather at Notre Dame to discuss progress at annual conference

Author: Stephanie Healey

Olaf Wiest presents his research at the Michael, Marcia, and Christa Parseghian Scientific Conference for Niemann-Pick Type C

More than 70 researchers, patients and families will attend the 2014 Michael, Marcia and Christa Parseghian Conference for Niemann-Pick Type C Research on Thursday-Saturday (June 12-14) at the Jordan Hall of Science at University of Notre Dame. The conference is hosted annually by the College of Science and the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation (APMRF).

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Notre Dame receives Grand Challenges Explorations grant for research in global health and development

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Marya Lieberman, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, has received a Grand Challenges Explorations grant, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Lieberman will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Printed test cards for rapid field screening of human and animal medications.”

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Notre Dame cancer researchers recognized at IU Simon Cancer Center’s annual research day

Author: Stephanie Healey

Christopher Suarez

Six cancer researchers from the University of Notre Dame were recognized at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center’s annual Cancer Research Day on May 29 in Indianapolis. A record 141 abstracts were submitted in various categories from students, faculty and fellows who conduct research at universities around Indiana. Participating institutions including IUPUI, Indiana University-Bloomington, Purdue University, and the Harper Cancer Research Institute, a collaboration between the IU School of Medicine and the University of Notre Dame.

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