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PhD Student, Bryan Hackfort, will be giving his Qualifying Exam on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in Criss II, Room 310. "The Bone Response to Mechanical Loading and Chronic Cox-2 Inhibition"

Grants

Dr. Roger Reidelberger: Department of Veteran Affairs, Principal Investigator, "Patterns of infusion of anorexigenic substances that reduce obesity"

Dr. David Smith: NIH-NIDS - "Adenosine, Hypocretin and Sleep Disorder Comorbidity Associated with Epilepsy", Collaborating Investigator
Presidential Faculty Research Grant - "Synthesis of Non-Protelnogenic Amino Acids for the Total Synthesis of Pargamicin A", Principal Investigator

Dr. Ken Kramer: Presidential Faculty Research Grant for a project titled "ZOIC-Zebrafish in Omaha Inner City Classrooms", Principal Investigator

Presentations

Dr. Laura Hansen: Fourth Place prize for presentation at the Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum by graduate student Nitin Marwaha.
Third Place prize for presentation at the Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum by medical student Erik Norbie.

Dr. David Smith: Invited lecture entitled "Discovery of the CFRP receptor antagonist, Bzl-BnHis10 -CGRP(8-37)." at PepCon 2012 in Beijing, China on March 23, 2012.

Publications

Palermo, N. Y., Thomas, P., Murphy, R. F., Lovas, S. Hexapeptide Fragment of Carcinoembryonic Antigen which Acts as an Agonist of Heterogeneous Ribonucleoprotein M. J. Pept. Sci.2012,18, 252-260

Tan X., Pecka, J. L., Tang, J., Lovas, S.; Beisel, K. W.; He, D. Z. Z. A Motif of Eleven Amino Acids is a Structural Adaptation That Facilitates Motor Capability of Eutherian Prestin. J. Cell Sci.2012,125, 1039-1047.

Olsson M, Herrington MK, Reidelberger RD, Permert J, Gebre-Medhin S, Arnelo U. Food intake and meal pattern in IAPP knockout mice with and without infusion of exogenous IAPP. Scan J Gastroenterol 47(2):191-6, 2012.

Morton GJ, Thatcher BS, Reidelberger RD, Wolden-Hanson T, Baskin DG, Schwartz MW, Blevins JE, Peripheral oxytocin suppresses food intake and causes weight loss in diet-induced obese rats. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metabol 302(1): E134-44, 2012.

Manuscript Accepted

Dr. Laura Hansen: Accelerated elimination of ultraviolet-induced DNA damage through apoptosis in CDC25A deficient skin. CARCIN-2011-02028.R1

Papers Accepted

Dr. Richard Hallworth

J. Vergen, C. Hecht, L. V. Zholudeva, M. M. Marguardt, R. Hallworth, M. G. Nichols (2012). Metabolic Imaging Using Two-Photon Exited NADH Intensity and Flourscence Lifetime Imaging. American Microscopy Society's Microscopy and Microanalysis
R. Hallworth, M. G. Nichols (2012). The Single Molecule Imaging Approach to Membrane Protein Stoichiometry. American Microscopy Society's Microscopy and Microanalysis

Other News

Announcements:

Devendra Agrawal:
NIH - Total Award: $3,295,563
12/1/11 - 1/30/16
Mesenchymal stem cells in the prevention of thrombosis and neointimal hyperplasia

David He:
NIH - Total Award: $1,921,736
12/12/11 - 11/30/16
Biophysics and development of cochlear hair cells

Kenneth Kramer:
NIH/UNMC/COBRE Award -- Total Award for first year: $180,625
1/1/12 - 6/30/12
The molecular biology of neurosensory systems - Role of keratin sulfate in zebrafish ear development

Garrett Soukup:
NIH/UNMC/COBRE Award -- Total Award for first year: $72,250
1/1/12 - 6/30/12

Dr. Rick Hallworth's publication:

  1. R.Hallworth,M.G. Nichols (2011). <cite>Prestin is an Obligate Tetramer in HEK Cells.</cite> In press, Journal of Neurophysiology. Oct 5. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. B. Currall, D. Rossino, H. Jensen-Smith, R. Hallworth (2011). <cite>The Roles of Conserved and Non-Conserved Cysteinyl Residues in the Olgomerization and Function of Mammalian Prestin.</cite> In press, Journal of Neurophysiology. Aug 3. [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Currall B., Jensen-Smith H., Hallworth R. (2011) <cite>Homo- and hetero-oligomerization in the Slc26a protein family.</cite> In, Shera, C.A., Olson, E.S. (eds.) What Fire in is Mine Ears: Progress in Auditory Biomechanics. Melville, NY: American Institute of Physics, pp. 148-153.

Dr. Sandor Lovas's publication:

Published a paper in BMC Bitechnology with his collaborators at Temple University: Design and Development of a Peptide-based Adiponectin Receptor Agonist of Cancer Treatment.Otvos L Jr, Haspinger E, Larussa F, Maspero F, Graziano P, Kovalszky I, Lovas S, Nama K, Hoffman R, Knappe D, Cassone M, Wade J, Surmacz E.BMC Biotechnol. 2011 Oct 5; 11(1):90.