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July 2014

Dr. Kequan Zhou receives $2.1 milllion NIH grant; research on grape skin extract may soon be answer to treating diabetes
Posted: Sunday, June 1, 2014

The diabetes rate in the United States nearly doubled in the past 10 years. Approximately 26 million Americans are now classified as diabetic, stressing an urgent need for safe and effective complementary strategies to enhance the existing conventional treatment for diabetes. Preliminary studies...

Pioneering study by Dr. Steven Lipshultz shows many kids with “cardiomyopathy” can regain heart health
Posted: Sunday, June 1, 2014

Newly published findings by nationally recognized pediatric cardiologist Dr. Steven Lipshultz provide "very hopeful" evidence that survivors of often fatal ailment can regain "normal size and function" of disease-damaged areas of heart. DETROIT, Mich., May 12, 2014 -- After two decades of arduous...

Wayne State University licenses technology developed by Dr. Susil Putatunda to new start-up, Detroit Materials, Inc.
Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014

The Office of the Vice President for Research at Wayne State University announced today the finalization of a license agreement with a new start-up company, Detroit Materials, Inc., for a Wayne State University patented portfolio of high-strength low-alloy steels and cast irons for demanding...

Dr. Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson embarks on research to examine effects of residential environment on preterm delivery in African American women
Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014

High levels of racial disparities in preterm delivery exist, with African Americans having higher rates than non-Hispanic whites. Since traditional risk factors do not fully account for this disparity, other explanations are needed and researchers at Wayne State University are teaming up to find...

Breakthrough study by Dr. Prashant Mahajan sheds new light on best medication for children with seizures
Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A recently published clinical study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has answered an urgent question that long puzzled ER pediatricians: Is the drug lorazepam really safer and more effective than diazepam - the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medication as first line...

Wayne State opens Huron to Erie Alliance for Research and Training field station
Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wayne State University celebrated the opening of the Huron to Erie Alliance for Research and Training field facilities, otherwise known as HEART, on June 16, 2014. HEART is a collaborative effort among Wayne State, Macomb Community College, the Huron-Clinton Metropark Authority and Macomb County...

Wayne State University receives $2.4 million NIH center grant to develop a cleaner, healthier environment in Detroit
Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Melissa Runge-Morris (Top)& Bengt Arnetz (Bottom) With over $2.4 million in new federal funding, Wayne State University researchers, regional collaborators at Henry Ford Health System, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, and community partners...

Creating friendships between African-American and Caucasian couples can reduce prejudice, Wayne State study by Dr. Keith Welker finds
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Recent research findings from Wayne State University show that the physical presence of romantic partners in intergroup friendships - friendships with different racial and ethnic groups, religious groups, or sexual orientations - positively influences interactions with people who are perceived to...

New Wayne State research by Dr. Steven Lipshultz study shows huge savings for health care
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014

Recently published findings in Annals of Internal Medicine by Steven Lipshultz, M.D., Wayne State University professor and chair of pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief at the Children's Hospital of Michigan, part of the Detroit Medical Center, and colleagues could help to reduce health care...

Dr. Eranda Nikolla receives prestigious NSF Early Career award; research to impact public awareness regarding energy and our environment
Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Wayne State University professor has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the agency's most prestigious award for up-and-coming researchers in science and engineering. The five-year, nearly $406,000 grant was awarded to Eranda Nikolla...

Dr. Ananda Prasad to be honored by the American College of Nutrition for his life-saving research on zinc
Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The American College of Nutrition (ACN) will honor Ananda Prasad, M.D., Ph.D., Wayne State University distinguished professor of internal medicine, with its 2014 Alexander and Mildred Seelig Magnesium Award. Prasad, a world-renowned expert in zinc as a mineral essential to human life, will receive...

Dr. Raymond Mattingly honored by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics for commitment to students
Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Wayne State University School of Medicine faculty member has been recognized for his devotion to teaching by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). Raymond Mattingly, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, has been inducted into ASPET's Academy of Pharmacology...

Dr. Robert Lisak becomes president of Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers
Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Robert Lisak, M.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine professor of neurology, was installed as president of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers. The installation took place at the consortium's annual meeting in Dallas in May. The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers is a...

Fundamental research by Dr. Harley Tse is paving the way for development of first vaccine for heart diseases
Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Researchers at Wayne State University have made a fundamental discovery and, in subsequent collaboration with scientists at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (LIAI), are one step closer to the goal of developing the world's first T-cell peptide-based vaccine for heart disease - the...

New research led by Dr. Qingyu Yang will lead to more accurate multi-component system reliability and failure predictions in the auto industry and beyond
Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A team of researchers from Wayne State University recently received a $350,000 award from the National Science Foundation for the project, "Failure Prediction and Reliability Analysis of Ultra-High Strength Steel Autobody Manufacturing Systems by Utilizing Material Microstructure Properties." The...

Dr. Chuanzhu Fan part of team that sequenced genome of African rice to aid in “Green Revolution”
Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014

With the world population projected to increase from 7.1 billion to over 9 billion by 2050, there is a need for a second "green revolution" that will create crops with two to three times the current yield with reduced water, fertilizers and pesticides grown on marginal soils. Rice will play a key...

NSF grant to Dr. Guangzhao Mao supports new concept for manufacturing nanoscale devices being developed at Wayne State University
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dr. Guangzhao Mao, professor of chemical engineering and materials science from the College of Engineering, recently received a $330,000 award from the National Science Foundation for the project, "Nanoparticle-directed synthesis of organic nanorods." According to the National Science Foundation...

e-Protocol to arrive this fall!
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wayne State University will be introducing e-Protocol this coming fall. e-Protocol is a new web-based system for submitting, tracking, reviewing and approving research protocols subject to oversight by the Research Compliance Office in a paperless environment. Currently, the protocol submission...

Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium and Postdoc Appreciation Week Announced
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wayne State University's Postdoctoral Association (WSU-PDA) is proud to announce the celebration of WSU's second Annual Postdoc Appreciation Week (PAW), Monday September 15 through Friday September 19, 2014. During this weeklong celebration, the WSU-PDA has planned activities to honor and...

Advanced Instrumentation Summer Workshop @ HFHS - July 31
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Advanced Instrumentation Summer 2014 Workshop on July 31, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at Henry Ford Health System located at One Ford Place, 1D Wing. The host will be Dr. Li Zhou who will present, "Cell Sorting with BD FACSAria II."...

Advanced Instrumentation Summer Workshop - Small Animal Imaging Capabilities - Aug. 7
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Advanced Instrumentation Summer 2014 Workshop on August 7, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at Scott Hall, Room 1140. The hosts will be Dr. Robert Knight and Dr. Steven Brown of Henry Ford Health System. They will present, "Small Animal...

Advanced Instrumentation Summer Workshop - "Dual-beam Focused Ion Beam System" - Aug. 22
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

he Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Advanced Instrumentation Summer 2014 Workshop on August 22, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at the Engineering Building in the Engineering Hall of Fame. The host will be Dr. Mark Cheng. He will present, "Dual-beam Focused Ion Beam...