Past News

Team to study new gene associated with Parkinson’s disease

June 14, 2018

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at Purdue University and the University of Bordeaux in France has received a grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease to study a new gene associated with Parkinson’s disease, which was linked to the disease using novel big data methodologies. The findings from this research could potentially be used to design new therapies to slow neurodegeneration in the brains of patients with Parkinson’s disease and other related disorders. Jean-Christophe Rochet, professor of medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Purdue; Erwan Bezard, research director at the Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Bordeaux; Jason Cannon, associate professor of toxicology at Purdue; and Min Zhang, professor of statistics at Purdue, will study the neuroprotective effects of the new gene, known as NFE2L1, in Parkinson’s disease models. Their collaboration was helped by a nearly $107,000 grant from the organization named for the famous actor who has Parkinson’s.

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Purdue Foundry Investment Fund backs 3 emerging life science startups with $750,000 to help transition to sustainability

June 14, 2018

Purdue Research Foundation’s Foundry Investment Fund (FIF) has recently invested a total of $750,000 in three emerging life science startups as partial matching investments made in them by institutional and other investors.

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Purdue unveils multi-year, multi-departmental learning community

June 14, 2018

Although most Purdue learning communities are meant to help burgeoning young freshmen find their place in college, one new community will change the status quo. The Data Mine is a new community that upends all of the norms that learning communities usually adhere to.

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New study finds Mediterranean-style eating pattern with lean, unprocessed red meat improves cardiovascular disease risk factors

June 13, 2018

Adopting a Mediterranean-style eating pattern improves heart health, with or without reducing red meat intake, if the red meat consumed is lean and unprocessed, according to a Purdue University nutrition study.

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Bangert: Save the mosquito? Purdue team makes a radical, moral case

June 13, 2018

Stop swatting and read this: Instead of racing to find new ways to kill mosquitoes, a Purdue team has epiphany and gets a new goal to simply disarm the insect, then live and let live

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Largest ice sheet on Earth was stable throughout last warm period

June 13, 2018

The largest ice sheet on Earth was stable throughout the last warm period in geologic time, indicating it should hold up as temperatures continue to rise.The largest ice sheet on Earth was stable throughout the last warm period in geologic time, indicating it should hold up as temperatures continue to rise.

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Block play could improve your child’s math skills, executive functioning

June 12, 2018

Semi-structured block play among preschool-age children has the potential to improve two skills – mathematics and executive functioning – critical to kindergarten readiness, according a new study by Purdue University researchers.

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New efficient and economical technique helps remove pharmaceuticals, chemical contaminants from public water systems

June 12, 2018

As the controversy surrounding the Environmental Protection Agency and water contamination heats up in Washington, D.C., Purdue University researchers have developed a technology to remove pharmaceuticals, including antibiotics and controlled substances, and chemical contaminants from public water systems.

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Possible new treatment for spinal cord injuries identified in animal studies

June 11, 2018

A potential new drug therapy for spinal cord injuries has been identified by researchers at Purdue University. The drug was identified by Riyi Shi, professor in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. The drug works in a similar way as a drug previously developed at Purdue, 4-aminopyridine, which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat multiple sclerosis.

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New method for cell identification leads to discovery of melanoma subtypes

June 11, 2018

Purdue University researchers created an algorithm called ACTION to group cells based on their primary function and pinpoint the genes responsible for those functions. They also discovered a new subtype of melanoma, a form of skin cancer, which could lead to opportunities for more personalized therapies.

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