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Shin-ichiro Imai | Molecular biologist seeks the keys to healthy aging

As Shin-ichiro Imai grew up outside Tokyo, he heard his parents many times tell the story of his unlikely birth. According to Imai, doctors told his mother there was a high risk of losing the pregnancy because of a partially detached placenta. Imai’s mother went to great lengths to fi...
Semenkovich and Lohdi

Targeting fatty acids may be treatment strategy for arthritis, leukemia

Enzymes linked to diabetes and obesity appear to play key roles in arthritis and leukemia, potentially opening up new avenues for treating these diverse diseases, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Working with genetically engineered mi...
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World’s fastest 2-D camera may enable new scientific discoveries

​A team of biomedical engineers at Washington University in St. Louis, led by Lihong Wang, PhD, the Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has developed the world’s fastest receive-only 2-D camera, a device that can capture events up to 100 billion frames per...
Samuel Klein, MD

Not all obese people develop metabolic problems linked to excess weight​​​​

New research demonstrates that obesity does not always go hand in hand with metabolic changes in the body that can lead to diabetes, heart disease and stroke. In a study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, researchers found that a subset of obese people do not ha...
Jeff Gordon in his Lab

New center aims to use gut microbiome discoveries to improve human nutrition

A new center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis aims to tackle the challenges of feeding the world’s rapidly expanding population and improving global health by linking efforts to develop more nutritious foods with discoveries gleaned from the gut microbiome. The...
Lihong Wang, PhD

Wang receives prestigious NIH BRAIN initiative award

Lihong Wang, PhD, the Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, has received a prestigious BRAIN Initiative Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Wang’s three-...
Steven Teitelbaum, MD

Discovery may lead to better treatments for autoimmune diseases, bone loss

Scientists have developed an approach to creating treatments for osteoporosis and autoimmune diseases that may avoid the risk of infection and cancer posed by some current medications. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis redesigned a molecule that cont...
Jeffrey I. Gordon, PhD

Dickson Prize awarded to medical scientist

Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, has won the 2014 Dickson Prize in Medicine for his pioneering studies demonstrating how the tens of trillions of microbes that live in the gut influence human health. The prize is awarded annually by the University of Pittsburgh to a leading American investigato...
Colin Nichols, PhD

Nichols elected to Royal Society

Colin Nichols, PhD, the Carl F. Cori Professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been elected to the Royal Society, an honorary English organization equivalent to the National Academy of Sciences in the United States. Nichols, a professor of cell biology an...
Carlos Bernal-Mizrachi, MD

Study: Can vitamin D slow heart complications from diabetes?

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are evaluating whether vitamin D can slow the development of cardiovascular problems in African Americans with diabetes. They are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than Caucasians with diabetes. The rese...