December 1, 2016 | Research News
UGA-led research team discovers a pathogen’s motility triggers immune response
Until now, a pathogen's ability to move through the body has been overlooked as a possible trigger of immune response, but new research from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine found that motility will indeed alarm the host and activate an immune response.
November 22, 2016 | Research News
New mouse model reveals extensive postnatal brain damage caused by Zika infection
A team of scientists led by researchers at the University of Georgia has developed a new mouse model that closely mimics fetal brain abnormalities caused by the Zika virus in humans.
November 21, 2016 | Research News
Plant compounds may boost brain function in older adults, study says
The same compounds that give plants and vegetables their vibrant colors might be able to bolster brain functioning in older adults, according to a recent study from the University of Georgia.
November 15, 2016 | Research News
UGA receives CDC grant to boost prevention efforts in Georgia’s high obesity counties
The University of Georgia has been awarded a two-year, $1.25 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to boost obesity prevention efforts in Georgia's most impacted rural counties-Calhoun and Taliaferro counties.
November 1, 2016 | Research News
New drug combination has potential to significantly improve chemotherapy success
University of Georgia researchers have found a way to enhance chemotherapy's cancer-killing powers, bringing science one step closer to a more complete cancer treatment.
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.