Category: Research Highlight

Legislators get update on battle against breast cancer

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Written by: Colin A. Young | Source: Lowell Sun STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BOSTON — Researchers trying to fight cancer by identifying what causes the disease in the first place briefed lawmakers and staffers Tuesday on their work to learn more about the environmental causes of breast cancer. “We’re aiming for actually preventing cancer […]

New AI Technology Significantly Improves Human Kidney Analysis

Thursday, January 11, 2018 Source: BUSM The ability to quantify the extent of kidney damage and predict the life remaining in the kidney, using an image obtained at the time when a patient visits the hospital for a kidney biopsy, now is possible using a computer model based on artificial intelligence (AI). The findings, which appear in […]

Avrum Spira Leads “Stand Up to Cancer” Dream Team

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Written by: Sara Rimer | Source: BUToday Armed with $12 million, researchers aim for early detection of lung cancer Can lung cancer, rarely diagnosed until it’s in an advanced and deadly stage, be nipped in the bud? Avrum Spira and his team intend to find out. Spira (ENG’02), Alexander Graham Bell Professor in Health […]

William Johnson Receives U01 Grant

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Source: BUSM Office of the Dean Recognition for Large Q1 Grants BUSM has received more than $39 million in grant funding during the first quarter of FY18. New awards and renewals with more than $1 million in total anticipated costs over the life of the award include: (*=award not yet included […]

Vijaya Kolachalama Receives AHA Grant to Improve Cardiovascular Treatments

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Source: BUResearch Vijaya B. Kolachalama, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at BUSM, has received a Scientist Development grant from the American Heart Association (AHA). The $231,000 award will fund his three-year study, “Mechanisms of drug-coated balloon therapy.” This project will focus on developing models for smarter artery care including improving drug […]

BU Paves Way for MED Prof’s $10M Plus Partnership with Industry

Monday, April 3, 2017 Written by: Sara Rimer | Source: BUToday As a pulmonary physician scientist, Avi Spira is driven to get his breakthroughs in molecular biomarkers for the early diagnosis of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) into clinical care. “I’m a doctor, I want to help people,” says Spira (ENG’02), a School of […]

Finding Lung Cancer in the Nose

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Written by: Barbara Moran | Source: BUToday Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States—and in the world. According to the National Cancer Institute, it accounts for more than a quarter of cancer deaths in this country, killing about 158,000 people in 2016. Because lung cancer is so […]

Six Junior Faculty Receive Career Development Awards

Written by: Amy Laskowski | Source: Bostonia Jerry Chen received quite a present just three months after arriving at BU. Chen, a College of Arts & Sciences assistant professor of biology, is the winner of this year’s Stuart and Elizabeth Pratt Career Development Professorship, which highlights excellence within CAS. A neuroscientist who uses the sensory input from […]

New Consortium to Study Environmental Causes of Breast Cancer

Written by: Rich Barlow | Source: BU Research Cancer researcher David Sherr is gunning for a disease that has upended his life. His wife died from multiple myeloma 15 years ago. So when the Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit supporting research into the environmental causes of breast cancer, approached him for ideas to accelerate progress, Sherr, […]