Arizona Bioscience News: UA to reduce MRI time; NAU moving up in research rankings; A look at Scottsdale’s Cure Corridor

January 10, 2019

By Matt Ellsworth

On fast track: UA researchers get $2M to reduce length of MRI scans / Arizona Daily Star

University of Arizona researchers were awarded a $2.1 million federal grant to develop software for an MRI machine that can scan the body in 15 minutes, rather than one hour, possibly making the procedure more tolerable to those with Parkinson’s disease or stroke patients.

NAU scores within National Science Foundation’s top 100 / Arizona Daily Sun

For the first time, Northern Arizona University has been ranked within the top 100 National Science Foundation research rankings of universities without a medical school, spending $42.6 million on research throughout the 2017 fiscal year while recording 50 unique inventors and 15 patents in 2018.

Will we ever find an Alzheimer’s cure? The answer depends on research participants / Being Patient (Op-ed)

Dr. Jessica Langbaum, director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry and its GeneMatch program at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, writes about leading two recruitment registries to connect people with available research opportunities in their communities. Read more: Alzheimer’s disease upends finances, lives for diagnosed and caregivers

Military grant helping UA researchers develop better ways to regrow damaged bones / Arizona Daily Star

University of Arizona researchers have been awarded a five-year, $2 million grant from the Department of Defense to perfect their bone-regrowth technology using a combination of 3D printing and adult stem cells that one day may help wounded soldiers.

Valley researchers find cancer connection in humans and dogs /

Scientists at Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix, who are studying melanoma and lung cancer in dogs, have identified several gene mutations in dogs that could be clues to melanoma.

What defines the local Cure Corridor? An examination of the burgeoning bio-life sector / Scottsdale Independent

The Cure Corridor in Scottsdale, which includes Shea Boulevard and other areas of the city, is home to education and research facilities, clinical trials, and health care and bioscience startups.

Symple Surgical graduating from Moonshot at NACET with honors / Flagstaff Business News

Symple Surgical, Inc. is graduating from the Moonshot at NACET entrepreneurial program and relocating to Flagstaff Airport Airpark where the medical device company will quadruple the size of its office and manufacturing space, from 1,800 to 7,200 square feet.

Health care firm to add upwards of 600 Arizona jobs at new hospital / Phoenix Business Journal

Northwest Healthcare is proposing to build a 70-bed hospital and expand medical services on nearly 20 acres in Tucson, which will create close to 600 jobs.

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