Tuesday, July 17, 2018
National Landmark Study to Examine Child Anxiety Treatments

The Florida International University Center for Children and Families has been approved for funding of nearly $3 million by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute as part of a landmark study on child anxiety. This multiyear national study is the largest multisite clinical trial to examine face-to-face and internet-based therapy for children with anxiety. ..

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
UF Researchers Zero in on Potential Threat of New Mosquito Virus

A virus responsible for an illness outbreak in Venezuela is spreading to other parts of the Americas, says a University of Florida (UF) scientist who is closely monitoring the Mayaro virus. Even though the virus hasn’t infected anyone in Florida or the U.S., Barry Alto, an associate professor of entomology at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is studying whether mosquitoes common in Florida can transmit the Mayaro virus to humans. ..

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Monday, July 16, 2018
Florida Tech’s Perez Awarded $750,000 Grant for Solar Research

Jean Carlos Perez, an assistant professor of physics and space sciences at Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech), has been awarded a five-year, nearly $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER program. One of the agency’s most competitive awards, the grant will fund Perez’s work on the theoretical understanding of solar wind turbulence near the Sun – a topic that will be in the spotlight soon with the Parker Solar Probe mission to be launched from Kennedy Space Center in August. ..

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Monday, July 16, 2018
FSU Researchers Use Artificial Intelligence to Identify, Predict New Chemical Compounds

A team of Florida State University (FSU) researchers is using artificial intelligence to identify which among hundreds of thousands of hypothetical crystal structures can result in the prediction of new chemical compounds. It’s a move that could radically change how chemists identify, test and study potential new compounds for any variety of materials, medicines or other products. ..

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Thursday, July 12, 2018
German TV Show Features Mission of Naples-Based Alzheimer’s Germ Quest

The popular German TV show, Nano, on 3 SAT, which some liken to America’s “60 Minutes”, recently presented as its lead segment an interview with Leslie Norins, MD, PhD, CEO of Alzheimer’s Germ Quest, Inc., and his wife Rainey, Vice President, discussing the possibility that germs might play a role in the causation of Alzheimer’s disease.  The Naples-based public benefit corporation seeks to accelerate and deepen scientific investigations into the possible role of infectious agents as the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease. ..

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Monday, July 09, 2018
Mayo Clinic Simulation Center Receives Top Accreditation

The Mayo Clinic J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus has earned accreditation in teaching and education by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in Washington, D.C. The center is one of only 100 in the world to be recognized as having the highest quality standards in health care simulation. ..

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Thursday, July 05, 2018
'Skinny Fat' in Older Adults May Predict Alzheimer's Risk

A Florida Atlantic University (FAU) study has found that “skinny fat” –  the combination of low muscle mass and strength in the context of high fat mass – may be an important predictor of cognitive performance in older adults. While sarcopenia, the loss of muscle tissue that is part of the natural aging process, as well as obesity both negatively impact overall health and cognitive function, their coexistence poses an even higher threat, surpassing their individual effects. ..

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Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Results-Sharing Workshop Paves Way for Scaling Dairy Innovations in Nepal

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems, an initiative managed by University of Florida (UF) and International Livestock Research Institute, hosted a results-sharing workshop in March in Kathmandu, Nepal.  The two projects presented, which are nearing completion, focused on disease control and development of a ration balancing tool for livestock. ..

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Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Breaking Down What USF's Preeminence Means

In the minutes following last week's Florida Board of Governors' vote establishing the University of South Florida (USF) as the state's third preeminent university, USF System President Judy Genshaft was savoring the accomplishment, but already looking ahead. ..

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Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Florida Tech Team Develops New Tools for Mapping the Brain

Researchers at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) have developed the fastest method to date for creating a key molecule used by neuroscientists at Columbia University in mapping brain activity. They also discovered ways to create two new versions of that molecule – a neurotransmitter called glutamate – that will allow researchers to better understand depression, dementia and bipolar disorder.  ..

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