CHARLESTON, W.Va., Sept. 12 -- The West Virginia Development Office issued the following news release:
A diverse range of Marshall University projects have attracted research grants. For more information on these research projects, visit http://tinyurl.com/lexy9fc.
Physical effects of space travel: NASA granted $750,000 to Dr. Miaozong Wu of the Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems at the Marshall University School of Pharmacy to lead a team of researchers to study the effects of space travel on muscle and bones. Wu's three-year project was one of only 14 funded nationally through NASA's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The project will study how the loss of gravity affects the body's muscles and bones, the possible causes and potential treatments. Team members include Dr. Eric Blough and Dr. Nicole Winston, also of the School of Pharmacy; Dr. Henry Driscoll and Dr. Omolola Olajide of the university's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine; and Dr. John Leidy of the Huntington VA Medical Center. Other contributors include colleagues at West Virginia State University, University of Louisville, University of Delaware, Universities Space Research Association and NASA'sJohnson Space Center.
Mechanisms of human reproduction: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Dr. Guo-Zhang Zhu, an associate professor of biology at Marshall University, a two-year $148,800 grant. His research focuses on the molecular basis of fertilization and early embryonic development. The findings will help scientists understand the mechanisms of cell differentiation and development, and may offer insights into the causes of infertility in men.
Skin repair technology: The Chemical Alliance Zone'sChemicals and Materials (CAM) Commercialization Fund awarded $20,000 to support the commercialization of a technology to repair skin injuries such as burns. The technique uses nanotechnology to create miniscule fiber scaffolds to be used as skin grafts. The research team was led by Dr. Jingwei Xie of the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR). To reach market, the researchers will need to produce device prototypes and samples, market to potential customers and conduct patent analysis. CAM Commercialization Fund assists researchers, entrepreneurs, startup companies and small-to-medium firms with the commercialization of technology and products related to the chemicals and materials sectors in West Virginia. Funds are provided through a grant to TechConnect West Virginia from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. The Chemical Alliance Zone administers the CAM program with the assistance of an advisory group that includes representatives of INNOVA Commercialization Group, Mountaineer Capital, the West Virginia Angel Network and the West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust.
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