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A team led by Dr. Philipp Gutruf are creating new tools for a method called optogenetics, which shines light at specific neurons in the brain to excite or suppress activity. The goal is to better understand how the brain works, allowing scientists to develop and test potential cures for illnesses such as neurodegenerative diseases.
 
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Wearable technology has become increasingly popular but that data can’t be used by medical professionals. Dr. Janet Roveda leads a multi-institution center to develop clinically valid ways of gathering patient data from wearable tech that physicians can use to provide remote care.
 
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Biomedical engineering student Sebastian (Sebo) Diaz is among 55 students from 42 colleges and universities who have been selected as 2021 Udall Scholars, on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, Tribal public policy, or Native health care; leadership potential; record of public service; and academic achievement.
 
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C2SHIP recently received a continuing NSF grant of $3 million, with $1.125 million earmarked for UArizona. The multi-institution team led by University of Arizona electrical and computer engineering professor Dr. Janet Roveda, is building a future in which wearable devices will allow clinicians to gather patient data remotely and provide "care in place" so patients don't need to leave their homes.
 
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The Center to Stream Healthcare in Place is a multi-institution team led by Dr. Janet Roveda that is building a future in which wearable devices will allow clinicians to gather patient data remotely and provide "care in place" so patients don't need to leave their homes. The project recently received a continuing NSF grant of $3 million, with $1.125 million earmarked for UArizona.
 
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C2SHIP recently received a continuing NSF grant of $3 million, with $1.125 million earmarked for UArizona. The multi-institution team led by University of Arizona electrical and computer engineering professor Dr. Janet Roveda, is building a future in which wearable devices will allow clinicians to gather patient data remotely and provide "care in place" so patients don't need to leave their homes.
 
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UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson admitted its first class to the new 7-year medical degree early-admission Accelerated Pathway to Medical Education (APME) Program. Acceptance guarantees entry to the UArizona Honors College, and after three years, admission to UArizona COM-T.
 
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Szivek is a professor of orthopedic surgery and a UA researcher who is trying to figure out how to regrow lost bone inside a human body. He received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to research a method to repair devastating bone injuries by using 3D-printed support structures in combination with stem cells.
 
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Dr. Suchol Savagatrup led a team to develop a water test that uses oil droplets, rather than a solid sensor, to immediately detect contaminants. The team’s work could lead not only to another method for detecting water contaminants, but also to better ways of removing pollutants from the environment.
 
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Three CHEE researchers including Adam Printz, Erin Ratcliff, and Suchol Savagatrup received major grants to continue their studies.
 
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With the help of headsets and backpacks on mice, scientists are using light to switch nerve cells on and off in the rodents' brains to probe the animals' social behavior, a new study shows.
 
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Researchers at University of Arizona have developed a device used to study the link between brain behavior and vocalization. Using new methods of antenna design and optimized electronics, Jokubas Ausra, a biomedical engineering doctoral student in the lab of BIO5 member Dr. Philpp Gutruf, was able to shrink the devices dramatically compared to existing versions, to about a third of the size of a dime and as thin as a sheet of paper. Co-senior author on the study and also a BIO5 member, Dr. Julie Miller, is helping the team with the goal to expand device capabilities to also record neuron activity.
 
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COVID-19 has led Arizona researchers, like UArizona Optical Sciences assistant professor and BIO5 member Dr. Judith Su to develop new technologies. Dr. Su created the FLOWER handheld device, which would allow patients to test themselves, detect viruses like COVID-19, and better test the use of drugs and treatments in patients.
 
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Researchers at the University of Arizona are developing a COVID-19 testing method that uses a smartphone microscope to analyze saliva samples and deliver results in about 10 minutes. The UArizona research team, led by biomedical engineering professor and BIO5 member Dr. Jeong-Yeol Yoon, aims to combine the speed of existing nasal swab antigen tests with the high accuracy of nasal swab PCR. The method will be used in conjunction with the saline swish-gargle test developed by Dr. Michael Worobey, head of the UArizona Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and associate director of the University of Arizona BIO5 Institute.
 
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Director of the BIO5 Institute Dr. Jennifer Barton has been named the Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair of the College of Engineering. As chair, Barton will be responsible for advancing biotechnological research and education, fostering collaborations, promoting and working with diverse teams, and providing national leadership in the field of bioengineering to meet societal needs.
 
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Dr. Judith Su runs the UArizona Little Sensor Lab, where researchers are working to sense tiny amounts – down to a single molecule – of everything from doping agents to biomarkers for cancer, Alzheimer's disease, Lyme disease and, yes, even COVID-19. Dr. Su, biomedical engineering and optical sciences professor and a member of the BIO5 Institute, has received a $1.82 million, five-year Maximizing Investigators' Research Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, which is part of the National Institutes of Health.
 
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Innovative minds spanning several disciplines created partnerships to advance research and impact the lives of Arizonans at the second annual BIO5/BIOSA Faculty Industry Networking Event.
 
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Harnessing the power of technology, the BIO5 Institute will virtually connect University of Arizona faculty and researchers with representatives from biotech, biomedical, and life science companies at the FINE event on Thursday, August 13, 2020.