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State registry to enhance autism research

University scientists are key players in a new program aiming to advance autism research by creating a statewide registry of patients who have been diagnosed as on the spectrum. Spearheaded by the Rhode Island Consortium of Autism Research and Treatment, also known as RI-CART, the program gained funding ...


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College Hill to cosmos: Alum joins astronaut class

Brown alums inhabit places all across the world, but within a couple of decades Jessica Meir ’99 may push Brunonian boundaries even further — to Mars. In June, NASA announced Meir would join the newest astronaut class, which is preparing for possible missions to a nearby asteroid and to Mars. The ...


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Study could help develop new oral medicines

A sustained-release insulin pill — which would release insulin over a longer period of time as opposed to in spurts — is one step closer to fruition, thanks to research from the University’s department of molecular pharmacology, physiology and biotechnology.  The research revealed the gut is ...


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Science & Research Roundup: Sept. 11, 2013

Flagellum findings Brown researchers recently found new insight into how bacteria swim through fluids, according to an Aug. 12 University press release. The researchers discovered a relationship between how coiled the bacteria’s spring-shaped flagellum is and the speed with which bacteria can move ...


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U. initiative seeks to refine STEM curricula

University administrators and faculty members will overhaul introductory courses in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — and focus on improving undergraduate education in STEM through an initiative partially funded by the Association of American Universities, according to a University ...


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Science & Research Roundup: Sept. 4

Pregnant women’s smoking patterns vary with fetal attachment Pregnant women who feel stronger emotional connections to their fetuses may smoke less than those who report weaker connections, according to a new study led by Susannah Magee, assistant professor of family medicine at the Alpert Medical ...


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U. researchers extend life of pancreatic cells

Patients with Type 1 diabetes may someday be treated with a single transplantation of pancreatic cells, rather than having to continually monitor their blood sugar levels. A study conducted by an Alpert Medical School student identified a successful way to increase the longevity of these cells in a ...


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Science & Research Roundup: April 24, 2013

U. launches study of HPV vaccine to treat anal cancer The University’s Oncology Research Group has begun a clinical trial for a vaccine aimed to combat anal cancer. The vaccine, developed by biotechnology company Advaxis, targets the Human Papilloma Virus and is being tested to treat a variety of ...


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Social media use may lead to poor grades

Many college students could not imagine a day without updating their Twitter feeds or Facebook statuses, but according to a recent study led by researchers at the Miriam Hospital, using social media may impair academic performance. The study was published online in the journal Emerging Adulthood last ...


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Former U.S. Surgeon General talks public health

Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher discussed current issues in public health at the 14th annual Barnes Lecture, part of Public Health Research day Thursday. The talk, “Health Disparities: Can we overcome?,” focused on the social determinants of health, the relationship between science and ...


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Science & Research Roundup: April 17, 2013

Prof awarded funding for obesity research Akilah Dulin Keitah, assistant professor of behavioral and social sciences, received two years’ worth of funding to study childhood obesity in Southeast Asians earlier this month, according to a University press release. Keitah currently researches health ...


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Lunchtime lecturer removes haze from salvia trade

Salvia divinorum — the purple-flowered plant native to the Mazatec region of Mexico — has emerged as a globally traded commodity, Paja Faudree, assistant professor of anthropology, said Thursday at the final science and technology studies lunchtime lecture of the year. While salvia is known by ...


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Neuroscientists discover ALS drug pathway

A recent molecular discovery by neuroscientists at Brown and Boston Children’s Hospital has brought researchers closer to finding a possible treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, a debilitating neuron disease that causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. By testing a drug that normally ...


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Science & Research Roundup: April 10, 2013

Nobel laureates ask Congress not to cut research funding A group of Nobel laureates, including Professor of Physics Leon Cooper, signed a letter to Congress urging its members not to cut research funding as part of the budget sequester, the New York Times reported. The letter, which will be made public ...





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