Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

In the Lab: Research Roundup

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

In the Lab: Research Roundup

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Following is a list of some of the medical research grants awarded to scientists in the area.

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

The scientist * David M. Holtzman, M.D., the Andrew B. and Gretchen P. Jones Professor and Chairman of the department of neurology

The grant * $2.8 million from the National Institute on Aging

The study * Looking at innovative approaches to treating Alzheimer's disease. Many of these new approaches focus on apolipoprotein E, a brain protein that is the precursor of the plaques that clutter the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

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The scientist * Kendall J. Blumer, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and physiology

The grant * $2.2 million from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences

The study * Identifying enzymes that regulate communication between cells and organs by hormones and neurotransmitters. These studies may lead to development of new therapies for treating neurological and endocrine disorders.

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The scientists * Mark A. Watson, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology and immunology and Ramaswamy Govindan, M.D., professor of medicine

The grant * $1.47 million from the National Cancer Institute

The study * To better predict when tumors in lung cancer patients are likely to spread to the brain, an occurrence in nearly half of such cancers, and identify more effective therapies to stop the process

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The scientist * George A. Macones, M.D., the Mitchell and Elaine Yanow Professor of obstetrics and gynecology

The grant * $1.4 million from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

The project * Supporting the reproductive epidemiology training program at Washington University in St. Louis

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The scientist * Nicholas Davidson, M.D., professor of medicine

The grant * $1.3 million from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

The study * Examining critical pathways and genes that regulate fat metabolism in the liver, with the aim of reducing fibrosis and gallstone disease

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The scientist * Patricia A. Cavazos-Rehg, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry

The grant * $1.3 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

The study * Implications of social media content and engagement for alcohol and marijuana use

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The scientist * John Patterson Atkinson, M. …

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