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April 2014

MRIGlobal Awarded $900M Contract for Homeland Defense Research and Analysis Services Program

MRIGlobal is one of 12 contractors that has been notified of an award from the Department of Defense’s Defense Technical Information Center. The contract gives MRIGlobal the opportunity to compete for task orders for expert research, complex analysis, engineering, and services in technical areas of homeland security and defense, a $900 million program. Read more »

CDC awards $7 million grant to School of Nursing and Health Studies

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies a $7 million grant, establishing it as a national HIV-prevention resource center. The award constitutes the largest in the school's history. Read more »

Would You Share Your DNA Info to Advance Medicine?

NIH Director Francis Collins visited the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas Medical Center in April. Collins, former head of the Human Genome Project, succinctly articulated his thoughts on the ethics of patient data.  Read more »

Research reveals evolution of cells’ signaling networks in diverse organisms

In a paper just published in the influential Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the University of Kansas shed light on protein-signaling networks used by bacterial cells and why they are so different from the more complex networks found in eukaryotes.  Read more »

New Treatment Option for Patients with Ischemic Heart Failure

Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute cardiologists are participating in a clinical trial called Parachute-HF. It is a new minimally invasive cardiac implant that may offer hope for patients who’ve survived a heart attack but now have severe heart failure. Read more »

Genetic Pre-Disposition Toward Exercise and Mental Development May be Linked, MU Study Finds

University of Missouri researchers have previously shown that a genetic pre-disposition to be more or less motivated to exercise exists. In a new study, researchers have found a potential link between the genetic pre-disposition for high levels of exercise motivation and the speed at which mental maturation occurs. Read more »

More than a building: 4 CEOs rethink their hospitals' place in the new, wide world of health care

Regardless of payer mix, bed size or ownership status, the business model for American hospitals is in a time of upheaval. John Bluford, president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers, and other forward-thinking health care executives shared their strategies for the future with H&HN.  Read more »

KU Hopes $75M Health Education Building Can Be Ready in Three Years

With the signing of a school finance bill, $25 million in bonds are now available to fund the construction of a Health Education Building at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The university still needs to raise $35 million for the project, but KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said she believes the state legislature's recent support will help spur private donations.   Read more »

KU Hospital, Others Attacking Problems Of Child Deaths

This spring marks a little more than a year since the Neonatal Medical Home moved into its own, dedicated space within the University of Kansas Hospital. While medical staff has seen signs that their work is making a difference, other child advocates are experiencing problems in their efforts to reduce deaths among kids in the state. Read more »

Lilly to Pay $5.4 Billion for Novartis Animal-Health Unit

Ely Lilly’s acquisition makes its Elanco branch the second largest animal-health global company in terms of worldwide revenue. Read more »

Clinical Research Firm Begins $5M Expansion in Overland Park

Vince and Associates Clinical Research began construction on its building at 103rd Street at Metcalf Avenue on April 29. The company first announced the expansion in May 2013.  Read more »

Researchers form consortium, launch lecture series on aggression, substance abuse

A team of University of Kansas researchers has established a consortium to study the link between violent aggression and substance abuse that brings together research from neurobiology, psychology and other disciplines. Read more »

Dog Ownership Benefits Families of Children with Autism, MU Researcher Finds

Children with autism may find the "unconditional" love of the family dog a real help. Researchers at the University of Missouri interviewed 70 parents of children with autism. The investigators found that nearly two-thirds owned dogs, and that 94 percent of those parents said their children formed a bond with their four-legged friend. Read more »

Biotech Company Gets $230,000 investment

An angel investment firm funded Animal Health Specialties, a Columbia-based biotechnology company, working on the development of drugs for treating the wasting disease cachexia in animals. The company was one of two selected for the investment. Read more »

Senator, NIH director stress importance of biomedical research funding

Senator Jerry Moran received the Champion of Science Award for his support of scientific research at the University of Kansas on April 14. During the reception, he advocated for additional research dollars. Read more »

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