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VP for Research

New & Noteworthy
June 2013

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Industry Partnerships
Industry partnerships present a terrific opportunity for collaborative exploration, with potential outcomes ranging from concrete strategic knowledge to an enriched culture at both the corporation and UVA. CONTINUE READING

Scientists Predict a Breakthrough in Cancer Treatment
John Herr is a professor in the School of Medicine - an expert on cell biology, and he’s devoted many years to studying the unique properties of the human egg.  His most exciting find could be good news for people who develop uterine, pancreatic, bladder, renal and ovarian cancers. CONTINUE READING

Astronomer John Hawley Wins 2013 Shaw Prize in Astronomy
UVA astronomer John Hawley and former UVA astronomer Steven Balbus, now at the University of Oxford, have been named co-winners of the 2013 Shaw Prize in Astronomy. The prize is considered Asia’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize and is awarded in some categories – like astronomy – that the Nobel does not specifically include.. CONTINUE READING

Possible ‘Master Switch’ in Deadly Brain Cancer
Researchers in the School of Medicine have identified a promising target for treating glioblastoma, one that appears to avoid many of the obstacles that typically frustrate efforts to develop effective treatments for this deadliest of cancers. CONTINUE READING

New Poverty Measure
A new poverty measure developed by UVA demographers shows Southside’s poverty rate is lower than under standard poverty measures. CONTINUE READING

Breakthrough in Peripheral Arterial Disease
A discovery in the School of Medicine is opening up new avenues for treating peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a common circulation problem that afflicts millions of Americans. Researchers have pinpointed a key genetic regulator that appears to controls the ability to adapt to blockages in blood vessels – and it turns out to be a tiny RNA molecule. CONTINUE READING

Workable Solar-Powered Wheelchair for People with Physical Disabilities
A solar-powered wheelchair was one of three ideas shortlisted and put to inventors across the globe to turn into reality – a feat achieved by a design team from the UVA. CONTINUE READING

Researchers Identify Enzyme Linked to Cancer Cell Survival
There is new headway in the fight to cure brain cancer. Researchers say they have identified a master switch – a vital enzyme that regulates cancer cell survival, growth and tumor formation. CONTINUE READING

You are Less Beautiful Than You Think
The most direct evidence that a recent Dove commercial is misleading comes from the work of Nicholas Epley of the University of Chicago and Erin Whitchurch of the University of Virginia. In a series of studies, Epley and Whitchurch showed that we see ourselves as better looking than we actually are. CONTINUE READING

Researchers Find Dying Cells Essential to Muscle Development and Repair
Dying cells play an unexpected and vital role in the creation of muscle fibers, researchers in the School of Medicine have determined. The finding could lead to new ways to battle conditions such as muscular dystrophy, facilitate healing after surgery and benefit athletes in their efforts to recover more quickly. CONTINUE READING

The Fralin Museum of Art Opens ‘Ansel Adams: A Legacy’; OpenGrounds Arts Events Accompany Exhibit
As a testament to Adam’s legendary status, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia will showcase a selection of some of his greatest photographs in the exhibition “Ansel Adams: A Legacy,” opening June 7 and running through Oct. 13. CONTINUE READING

Hartwell Foundation Backs Cutting-Edge Pediatric Research
Two doctors in the School of Medicine, Jennifer Charlton and Peter M. Kasson, have each received Hartwell Awards for their research to improve health care for children. CONTINUE READING

Teaching Old Microphones New Tricks
Microphones need not limit themselves to listening to the human voice, however. John Stankovic is using microphones to capture heartbeats. CONTINUE READING

Stem Cells Show Potential to Treat A Leading Cause of Blindness
Stem cells derived from body fat show great potential for treating and possibly even reversing the effects of diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that threatens the vision of millions, new research in the School of Medicine shows. CONTINUE READING




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