The University City Science Center in Philadelphia has awarded Temple two proof-of-concept grants: one for the development of a novel therapy for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and another for the creation of a software program that will hone physicians’ ability to read and diagnose electroencephalography, or EEGs.
December 3, 2013
Temple engineers and neuroscientists are developing a pediatric blood-brain barrier system on a chip, which offers great potential for studying the role of the blood-brain barrier in pediatric neurological diseases and testing the blood-brain barrier permeability of various therapeutic drugs.
December 2, 2013
Erik Cordes, marine biologist and assistant professor of biology at Temple, will lead an NSF-funded, three-week research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico to explore the effects of rising ocean acidification on deepwater corals. The cruise will take place next spring aboard the state-of-the-art research vessel Atlantis, operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. The researchers on the cruise will dive from the ship in the newly refurbished submersible Alvin.
November 22, 2013
Temple researchers have found evidence revealing a key aspect of brain processing that allows babies to learn by observing adults perform tasks. Peter Marshall, associate professor of psychology at Temple, and psychology graduate student Joni Saby conducted the study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
A study conducted by Chantelle Hart, associate professor of public health at Temple’s Center for Obesity Research and Education, found that lack of sleep may contribute to childhood obesity. Her study, published this week, is the first to examine the impact of sleep on children’s eating behaviors by manipulating the amount of sleep that study participants were able to get.
Temple University researchers found that women working in Head Start, the nation’s largest federally funded early childhood education program, report higher than expected levels of physical and mental health problems. Their findings are reported in the first-ever survey conducted on the health of the program’s staff. The research was done by Temple’s Department of Public Health in collaboration with the Institute for Survey Research.
Temple startup Diffregen LLC was awarded a $289,000 research grant by the National Cancer Institute to move its therapeutic, Angiocidin, to clinical trials. Discovered by Temple researcher George Tuszynski, now emeritus professor of neuroscience in Temple’s School of Medicine, Angiocidin is a novel tumor-inhibiting protein that has shown effectiveness in treating acute myeloid leukemia.
Omar Fisher, assistant professor of bioengineering, is collaborating on an NIH-funded project to develop a nanotechnology that will help doctors determine the location and severity of plaques in artery walls before they rupture. The project is supported through a two-year, $418,000 grant from the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.
Temple University’s Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) has partnered with Upper Dublin Township and Upper Dublin School District in a pilot program that uses Katahdin sheep for plant removal. CSC spent the summer testing the sheep to determine their viability as an alternative for vegetative management and storm water control. The study is the first of its kind in determining the impact on water quality in storm water basins.
The use of the social media platform LinkedIn has led to the licensing of a Temple-created technology for the cleaning of water used in hydro-fracking for natural gas extraction. Hydro Enviro Clean LLC, a Texas-based startup company, licensed the technology developed by Temple chemistry professor Daniel Strongin less than two years after its chief executive officer read a story posted on LinkedIn by Temple’s Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Research.
Researchers know that while children can learn new words by interacting in a live conversation with an adult, they have far more difficulty learning words from video or television screens. Now, a new study from researchers at Temple University's Infant Lab demonstrates that children are able to learn new words through live video chat technology. The findings suggest that it’s the responsiveness of the interactions that’s the key.
At a time when major government research funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation saw their budgets decrease, external research funding at Temple experienced an unprecedented 20 percent increase last fiscal year, rising from $120.6 million in fiscal year 2011-12 to $145.2 million in the fiscal year that closed June 30. In addition, the university saw a nearly five-fold increase in revenue generated from the licensing of Temple-developed technologies.
Researchers in Temple University’s Water and Environmental Technology Center led by Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Rominder Suri have developed a new novel adsorbent that is reusable and more effective and environmentally friendly in removing emerging contaminants from wastewater. The material could have a positive impact on the water treatment, pharmaceutical, chemical and manufacturing industries.