October 29, 2013 | Research News
UGA researchers use lithium to ease pain caused by anti-cancer drug
Taxol, generically called paclitaxel, is a widely used drug in chemotherapy treatments. Taxol is used to treat cancer in the lungs, ovaries and breast, but it can also cause severe neuropathic pain and sensory dysfunction. University of Georgia researchers found that lithium reduces the unwanted pain accompanying the use of Taxol.
September 25, 2013 | Research News
UGA receives $7 million NIH grant to study building blocks of life
A team of senior researchers at the University of Georgia have received a five-year $7.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help better understand one of the most fundamental building blocks of life.
September 6, 2013 | Research News
UGA Center receives $10.4 million grant renewal for glycobiology research
Researchers at the University of Georgia have received a five-year, $10.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support the National Center for Biomedical Glycomics, a consortium of UGA faculty and staff working to develop new technologies for the analysis of glycans.
August 28, 2013 | Research News
UGA College of Engineering, Clemson team up to detect cancer
While many college football fans are focused on this week's matchup between the University of Georgia Bulldogs and the Clemson University Tigers, researchers from the two institutions are collaborating off the field to develop a low-cost technology to detect cancer.
August 14, 2013 | Research News
UGA researchers use nanoparticles to fight cancer
Researchers at the University of Georgia are developing a new treatment technique that uses nanoparticles to reprogram immune cells so they are able to recognize and attack cancer. The findings were published recently in the early online edition of ACS Nano.
June 14, 2013 | Research News
UGA cancer researchers showcase work for NIH director
University of Georgia cancer research was one of several human health projects that took the spotlight recently when Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) heard reports by scientists and faculty from UGA, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University and Emory University.
April 17, 2013 | Research News
UGA research finds sterilized dogs live longer
Many dog owners have their pets spayed or neutered to help control the pet population, but new research from the University of Georgia suggests the procedure could add to the length of their lives and alter the risk of specific causes of death.
February 1, 2013 | Research News
New drug targets found for treatment of prostate cancer
Prostate cancer cells need certain enzymes to grow tumors, and an often overlooked enzyme-Pak1-is key for their growth, according to new research from the University of Georgia.
January 11, 2013 | Research News
UGA discovery promises to improve drugs used to fight cancer, other diseases
Even when at rest, the human body is a flurry of activity. Like a microscopic metropolis locked in a state of perpetual rush hour traffic, the trillions of cells that make us who we are work feverishly policing the streets, making repairs, building new structures and delivering important cargo throughout the bustling organic society.
November 1, 2012 | Research News
Detecting silent killers: UGA researchers receive $4.1 million to diagnose elusive cancers
Ovarian and pancreatic cancers are among the most deadly, not because they are impossible to cure, but because they are difficult to find. There are no screening tests that can reliably detect their presence in early stages, and most diagnoses are made after the disease has already spread to lymph nodes and vital organs.
October 31, 2012 | Research News
UGA researchers discover how tiny sugars regulate stem cells
Embryonic stem cells hold great promise as a potential cell-based therapy for a myriad of serious diseases, but there is still much to learn before they become a regular part of the doctor's toolkit. Scientists do not yet fully understand the complex processes that take place during the earliest stages of development when stem cells in the embryo begin to transform into specialized cells that can be used to regenerate bones, tissues and nerves.
May 3, 2012 | Research News
Study suggests new approach to explain cancer growth: low oxygen levels
Low oxygen levels in cells may be a primary cause of uncontrollable tumor growth in some cancers, according to a new University of Georgia study. The authors' findings run counter to widely accepted beliefs that genetic mutations are responsible for cancer growth.
March 27, 2012 | Research News
Researchers use nanoparticles, magnetic current to damage cancerous cells in mice
Using nanoparticles and alternating magnetic fields, University of Georgia scientists have found that head and neck cancerous tumor cells in mice can be killed in half an hour without harming healthy cells.
March 13, 2012 | Research News
UGA College of Public Health cancer survival study uncovers wide racial disparities
African Americans in Georgia, especially in rural areas, have drastically poorer survival rates from cancer. These disparities are much larger when compared to national data, according to the findings from a study recently published in the journal Cancer by a team of researchers in the University of Georgia College of Public Health.
February 27, 2012 | Honors & Awards
UGA researcher working to speed blood testing
The wait for some blood test results may be reduced from weeks to hours, thanks to research being conducted at the University of Georgia. Leidong Mao, an assistant professor with the UGA Faculty of Engineering, is refining a device to manipulate blood cells and other particles that shows promise in detecting and treating blood diseases. He has recently received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to further his work.