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Researcher Gets $4.1M To Combat Ebola Virus

Dr. Christopher Basler, a professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, director of the university’s Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Microbial Pathogenesis, has received a five-year, $4.1 million federal grant to develop a drug targeting Ebola virus.

“We still lack any approved drugs to… more »

Sex Differences in Brain Activity Alter Pain Therapies

A female brain’s resident immune cells are more active in regions involved in pain processing relative to males, according to a recent study by Georgia State University researchers.

The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that when microglia, the brain’s resident immune cells, were blocked, female response to opioid pain medication improved… more »

Biomarker Predicts Poor Cancer Prognosis

Having high levels of a certain biomarker is linked to poor prognosis in African-American patients with triple-negative breast cancer, while the same biomarker doesn’t influence disease outcomes in white patients, according to a new study.

Racial disparities in disease, particularly breast cancer, continue to pose a major challenge in healthcare. African-American breast cancer patients are… more »

Common Food Additive Promotes Colon Cancer

Emulsifiers, which are added to most processed foods to aid texture and extend shelf life, can alter intestinal bacteria in a manner that promotes intestinal inflammation and colorectal cancer, according to a new study.

The findings, published in the journal Cancer Research, show regular consumption of dietary emulsifiers in mice exacerbated tumor development. The study… more »

New Biomedical Research Facility Opens

Georgia State University has unveiled its newest state-of-the-art research facility, the Research Science Center, to support biomedical research.

The $45 million building will house up to four principal investigators and their faculty and staff, as well as postdoctoral scholars, graduate students and undergraduate students. The center, constructed without the use of taxpayer funds, is at… more »

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Georgia State Sets Research Funding Record

Georgia State University has set a research funding record, receiving awards of $120.2 million in fiscal year 2016.

The total exceeds the previous record set last year when faculty earned $101 million in research support. Georgia State’s research funding has grown by nearly $40 million in the past two years.

“The increase in research awards… more »

Bat-killing Fungus Meets Its Match

In the early months of 2007, researchers noticed that bats in New York were behaving strangely, flying around during the day when they should be hibernating.

Soon after, scientists discovered why: a deadly fungus had infiltrated North American bat colonies, and it was already spreading from New York’s caves across the eastern United States and… more »