Tuesday, July 31, 2018
UF Smashes Research Awards Record with $837.6 Million in Fiscal Year 2018

The University of Florida (UF) received a record $837.6 million in research funding in fiscal year 2018, surpassing the previous record set in fiscal year 2016 by $113.6 million, or nearly 16 percent. This significant increase was largely due to increased funding from the federal government, reaching a record high of $560.6 million, a nearly 23 percent increase over last year. ..

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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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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Defying Gravity: UF/IFAS Researcher to Experiment with Algae in Space

A University of Florida (UF) scientist will use the International Space Station to see if algae can help recycle carbon dioxide and eventually be used to help make plastics, resins and even food.  Initially, researchers want to improve algae’s ability to use light to capture carbon, and in turn, help support animal and plant life in space, said Mark Settles, a UF professor of horticultural sciences. ..

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
UF/IFAS Hopes to Grow Vanilla, Meet Consumer Demand

For dessert, how about a scoop of ice cream flavored with vanilla from Florida’s farmers?  Faculty members at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Science Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida, are trying to connect the genetic and physiological dots to help South Florida farmers eventually grow vanilla. ..

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Thursday, May 24, 2018
HIV Lies Dormant in the Brain, Increasing the Risk of Dementia

A University of Florida Ph.D. candidate explains that while drugs have been developed to treat HIV and AIDS, the virus can nevertheless lie dormant in the brain, increasing the risk for conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. ..

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Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Snagging Card Skimmers: UF, NYPD Team Up to Stop Them

University of Florida (UF) researchers have teamed up with the New York City Police Department’s Financial Crimes Task Force to deploy the “Skim Reaper,” a device that instantly detects the presence of a credit card skimmer, allowing law enforcement and merchants to take action before the card’s data can be stolen. ..

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Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Florida Cancer Centers Awarded $1.36 Million to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

The Florida Department of Health's James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program has armed Moffitt Cancer Center, University of Florida Health Cancer Center - Gainesville, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami and numerous collaborating centers with $1.36 million to address cancer disparities and improve outcomes and care for individuals affected by pancreatic cancer. ..

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Watching Nanomaterials Form in 4-D

Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Florida are working develop a new type of Transmission Electron Microscope that takes dynamic, multiframe videos of nanoparticles as they form, allowing researchers to view how specimens change in space and time.  Knowing how these particles form could change how researchers design future drug-delivery systems, paints, coatings, lubricants and other materials for which having control over nanoscale properties is essential. ..

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Monday, April 16, 2018
UF Researchers Identify Patient Factors Associated with Persistent Musculoskeletal Pain

As health care providers and policymakers look for ways to address opioid misuse, knowing who may be at risk for developing chronic pain could be an important tool for prevention. A new University of Florida study has pinpointed patient characteristics associated with long-term musculoskeletal pain. Researchers say the information could help physical therapists and other clinicians identify at-risk patients and better tailor treatments to control their pain and potentially limit prescription of opioid medications for pain. ..

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
$3.2 Million Grant Funds Development of New Malaria Vaccine

The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund has awarded the University of Florida and partners in the United States and Japan $3.2 million to advance a promising vaccine to prevent transmission of malaria. ..

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