October 24, 2016 | Events on Campus
Cynthia Kenyon, pioneering aging and life-extension researcher, to deliver Charter Lecture
Cynthia Kenyon, one of the world's foremost authorities on the molecular biology and genetics of aging and life extension, will return to the University of Georgia to deliver the Fall 2016 Charter Lecture.
October 14, 2016 | Research News
UGA researchers identify new pathway in human pathogens
Several of the more aggressive pathogens that infect humans can thrive in an oxygen-free environment of the human gut. These pathogens also have the ability to acquire the essential nutrient iron from an abundant cofactor, specifically heme (the cofactor that makes blood and muscle appear red).
September 28, 2016 | Research News
UGA research sheds light on mechanism that leads to drug-resistant superbugs
Drug-resistant organisms, or so-called "superbugs," are a growing public health threat because "last-resort" therapeutics-employed only when other drugs fail to kill an infection-are failing. A University of Georgia-led research team is the first to examine multiple strains of one of the most dangerous superbugs known to science and a last-resort antibiotic used to treat it. The team's discovery deepens the understanding of how pathogens adapt to protect themselves from antibiotics and will enable researchers to develop therapeutics aimed at evading this mechanism.
September 27, 2016 | Research News
Dental fillings raise levels of mercury in the body, UGA study says
Dental surface restorations composed of dental amalgam, a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and other metals, significantly contribute to prolonged mercury levels in the body, according to new research from the University of Georgia's department of environmental health science in the College of Public Health.
September 21, 2016 | Research News
Researcher receives $5.2 million to develop affordable diagnostic test for Chagas disease
An international team of researchers led by infectious disease experts at the University of Georgia has received $5.2 million from the National Institutes of Health to develop a more accurate, affordable diagnostic test for Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that kills more than 50,000 people each year in Central and South America.
September 12, 2016 | General News
Faculty and students assess community health needs, get hands-on experience
An assessment of community health needs, led by University of Georgia faculty and facilitated by the UGA Archway Partnership, has contributed to a new urgent care center for one middle Georgia county and resulted in a scholarly article in the Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association.
July 26, 2016 | Honors & Awards
UGA researchers unfold advances in cardiac catheters
A graduate student in the University of Georgia College of Engineering is turning to the ancient Japanese art of origami for inspiration as he designs a novel cardiac catheter. Austin Taylor is developing a device that's small enough to fit on the tip of a catheter but expands once inside the heart to provide physicians with high-quality imaging and ablation tools.
July 21, 2016 | Research News
Ecologists create a framework for predicting new infectious diseases
Ecologists at the University of Georgia are leading a global effort to predict where new infectious diseases are likely to emerge. In a paper published in Ecology Letters, they describe how macroecology—the study of ecological patterns and processes across broad scales of time and space—can provide valuable insights about disease.
July 19, 2016 | Research News
Depression’s stigma can be a barrier to African-Americans seeking treatment, study finds
The stigma attached to mental illness creates a barrier for many seeking treatment, but it has a particularly negative impact on the help-seeking behaviors of black Americans, a small in-depth qualitative study by researchers at the University of Georgia suggests.
July 14, 2016 | Research News
Ecologists identify potential new sources of Ebola and other filoviruses
An international team of ecologists has identified the bat species with the greatest potential to harbor filoviruses-a family that includes Ebola virus. Writing in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, they suggest that areas where many of these species overlap, notably in Southeast Asia, should be targeted for disease surveillance and virus discovery efforts.
July 6, 2016 | Research News
Not blowing smoke: Research finds medical marijuana lowers prescription drug use
Medical marijuana is having a positive impact on the bottom line of Medicare's prescription drug benefit program in states that have legalized its use for medicinal purposes, according to University of Georgia researchers in a study published today in the July issue of Health Affairs.
June 28, 2016 | Research News
UGA geneticist studying neural tube defects for clues to common birth defects
An assistant professor of genetics at the University of Georgia was recently awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study neural tube defects in mice. The goal of Jian-Fu Chen's project is to understand why neural tube defects, the second most common birth defect in humans, occur.
June 20, 2016 | Research News
Silencing of gene affects people’s social lives, study shows
A team of researchers led by psychologists at the University of Georgia have found that the silencing of a specific gene may affect human social behavior, including a person's ability to form healthy relationships or to recognize the emotional states of others.
June 20, 2016 | Research News
For children with Tourette syndrome, environmental responses to tics play big role
In a study published in Child Psychiatry and Human Development, University of Georgia researchers found that environmental responses to tics in a child with Tourette syndrome play a significant role in helping or hindering that child's ability to fight the urge to tic.
June 15, 2016 | Research News
UGA graduate student receives Schlumberger Fellowship to study tuberculosis transmission
University of Georgia doctoral student María Eugenia Castellanos has been awarded a 2016-2017 Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship to fund her research on tuberculosis transmission in Guatemala.