A study by researchers at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard is among those chosen to receive Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Awards from the Clinical Research Foundation. The winning projects are compelling examples of the scientific innovation that results from the nation’s investment in clinical research that can benefit human health and welfare.The Ragon Institute study, published in the Aug. 4, 2011, issue of Nature, was the first to find that natural killer cells, part of the body’s first-line defense against infection, contribute to the immune response against HIV. Better understanding the mechanisms that allow natural killer cells to recognize HIV-infected cells could lead to ways of manipulating these cells to treat or even prevent HIV infection. Additional information about this study is available here.
Jun 3, 2009Three states win FDA grants to boost food-testing capacityThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday that it awarded $350,000 grants to Arkansas, Nebraska, and Wisconsin to fund Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) laboratories. In return for the grants, the states may be required to analyze food samples collected by the FDA or other agencies in case of a large-scale contamination event. In Arkansas, the funds will enable the state health department to increase its ability to test for toxic or unknown substances, support national surveillance efforts, and boost response capacity. In Nebraska, the funds are earmarked to allow the agriculture department to add more testing backup and capacity. In Wisconsin, the agriculture department will use the funds to add reserve testing capacity for FERN during events that threaten the nation’s food supply.[Jun 2 FDA press release]Vical receives patent for universal flu vaccine technologyVical, a biopharmaceutical company based in San Diego, announced today that it received a US patent for use of influenza virus gene sequences in a “universal” vaccine, designed to protect against seasonal and emerging pandemic flu strains. The company’s DNA vaccine involves portions of the virus that are consistent among different strains: nucleoprotein (NP) and ion channel protein (M2). The company said it derived its gene sequences from flu strains that have circulated over the past 10 years. Vical has developed an H5N1 flu vaccine, with support from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), that showed broad protection against other strains in preclinical studies. In 2007 Vical received a $6 million NIAID grant to develop a process to speed DNA vaccine production. In early May, the company said it had signed an agreement with the US Navy to speed the development of a DNA vaccine against the novel H1N1 virus.[Jun 3 Vical press release][Jun 14, 2007, CIDRAP News story]Healthcare strike stalls Benin’s polio vaccination driveA polio vaccine drive in Benin that was set to begin May 29 has been indefinitely suspended because of a health worker strike, according to Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), part of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Polio eradication efforts lost ground in 2008, with African countries bearing the brunt of the disease. A World Health Organization official said Benin, Burkina Faso, and Cote d’Ivoire have had new cases since the last immunization campaign in February and March. Health officials said the timing of the vaccine drive is crucial, because the approaching rainy season will make it difficult to reach some children and will intensify virus circulation.[May 29 IRIN story]
544 Cavendish Road, CoorparooThe five-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built to take in some great city views, although the outlook has dramatically changed over the years.“In the 1960s, Brisbane had no high-rises so the family literally watched Brisbane grow up in front of them,” Mr Leisemann said.“It’s been a bird’s eye view of Brisbane’s history.”Also scheduled for auction in Brisbane tomorrow is a renovated post-war home at Brighton, a large brick 1970s home at The Gap, and an original pre-war cottage at Moorooka. 544 Cavendish Road, CoorparooA fireplace, rich architraves, stone feature walls, ornate cornices, and picture rails are just some of the untouched features of the two-storey home which is scheduled to go to auction at 4pm.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p360p360p240p240pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMid century marvel02:03 Related videos 02:03Mid century marvel01:50A walk back in time03:19Billionaire donates architectural gem01:14Thurlow house added to the heritage register01:211960’s time capsule with Hollywood history02:57Hope estateHarcourts M1 Coorparoo’s Conrad Leisemann said the reaction to 544 Cavendish Rd, on the market for the first time, had been amazing.“We had nearly 100 groups of people through in three weeks,” he said.“It’s like a time warp walking through.” 544 Cavendish Road, CoorparooA groovy 1960s property is one of 14 Brisbane homes going under the hammer tomorrow, according to realestate.com.au.The architecturally designed Coorparoo house was designed by the Bell Bros, the company behind the Bell Bros building in Fortitude Valley.