SMU study finds possible new way to treat HTLV-1 virus

Dallas Voice Originally Posted: December 6, 2019 A study led by SMU suggests that oleandrin — a drug derived from the Nerium oleander plant — could prevent the HTLV-1 virus from spreading by targeting a stage of the reproduction process that is not currently targeted by existing drugs. That is significant because there is currently no cure or treatment for the virus, which is related to HIV. About 38 million people have HIV worldwide while about 20 million people have the HTLV-1 virus. “Our research findings suggest that oleandrin could possibly limit the transmission and spread of HTLV-1 by targeting a unique stage in the retroviral life cycle,” said Robert Harrod, associate professor and director of Graduate Studies in SMU’s Department of Biological Sciences. Harrod is a [...]

By | 2019-12-09T07:49:52-08:00 December 9th, 2019|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on SMU study finds possible new way to treat HTLV-1 virus

New Research Study Points to Potential of Oleandrin as Therapeutic Strategy for Treatment of HTLV-1, Which Affects Between 10 Million to 15 Million Worldwide

BusinessWire Originally Posted: October 29, 2019 A 2019 research publication from Robert Harrod (Department of Biological Sciences) was cited on Businesswire. This work was the product of a collaboration with investigators at the UT-Houston M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The paper was published in the Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals: Hutchison T., Yapindi L., Malu A., Newman R.A., Sastry K.J., & Harrod R (2019). The botanical glycoside oleandrin inhibits human T-cell leukemia virus type-1 infectivity and Env-dependent virological synapse formation. J. Antivirals & Antiretrovirals 11(2), 1-11. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20191029005927/en/New-Research-Study-Points-Potential-Oleandrin-Therapeutic

By | 2019-10-31T08:52:22-08:00 October 31st, 2019|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on New Research Study Points to Potential of Oleandrin as Therapeutic Strategy for Treatment of HTLV-1, Which Affects Between 10 Million to 15 Million Worldwide

How do we get so many different types of neurons in our brain?

SMU Research Originally Posted: September 5, 2019 New SMU study may provide insight on how our brains are able to produce so many different types of neurons, which control everything we do DALLAS (SMU) – SMU (Southern Methodist University) researchers have discovered another layer of complexity in gene expression, which could help explain how we’re able to have so many billions of neurons in our brain. Neurons are cells inside the brain and nervous system that are responsible for everything we do, think or feel. They use electrical impulses and chemical signals to send information between different areas of the brain, and between the brain and the rest of the nervous system, to tell our body what to do. Humans have approximately 86 billion neurons [...]

By | 2019-09-09T09:30:05-08:00 September 9th, 2019|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on How do we get so many different types of neurons in our brain?

Three Dedman College students receive prestigious fellowships and awards

Dedman College News Originally Posted: June 24, 2019 Congratulations to three accomplished Dedman College students. Megan Brown and Megan Latoya are 2019-2020 Fulbright Fellowship winners and Siddhakshi Solanki won the highly competitive Boren and Gillman Scholarships. According to an SMU press release, Brown and Latoya, both Ph.D. candidates in the Department of Anthropology, “are two of over 2,100 U.S. citizens who will study, conduct research, and teach abroad for the 2019-2020 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as their record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.” Megan Brown will be going to Monteverde, Costa Rica and Megan Latoya will be going to Recife, Brazil. [...]

By | 2019-06-26T06:28:39-08:00 June 25th, 2019|Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Three Dedman College students receive prestigious fellowships and awards

Dedman College Announces Outstanding Professor, Student, and Caren Prothro Faculty Service Award Winners

Congratulations to the following who received prestigious Dedman College awards on May 9, 2019. Outstanding Dedman Family Professor: Steven Vik  Robert and Nancy Dedman Outstanding Senior Student:  Stejara Dinulescu Caren Prothro Faculty Service Award: Lynne Stokes

By | 2019-06-04T09:20:07-08:00 June 4th, 2019|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events, Faculty News, Psychology, Statistical Science|Comments Off on Dedman College Announces Outstanding Professor, Student, and Caren Prothro Faculty Service Award Winners

The Dallas Morning News: HMS, Australia team up to solve a global health challenge

SMU News Originally Posted: May 15, 2019 Southern Methodist University (SMU) has teamed up with Texas-based HMS, the Digital Health CRC (Cooperative Research Centre) and Stanford University to tackle some of the world’s most significant health challenges using ‘big data.’ Dallas Morning News’ business reporter Melissa Repko covered the news on the collaboration, which was announced on Tuesday. There are two key health care challenges that the coalition is looking to address: the global opioid epidemic and the high rates of avoidable hospital readmissions. The first research project conducted by Stanford University students will tackle the opioid crisis. The second project–led by Daniel Heitjan, Director of the PhD Program in Biostatistics at SMU and UT Southwestern–will focus on preventable hospital readmissions, which is when patients unexpectedly return to a hospital within [...]

By | 2019-05-23T06:40:34-08:00 May 22nd, 2019|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Statistical Science|Comments Off on The Dallas Morning News: HMS, Australia team up to solve a global health challenge

Congrats to Biology Ph.D. students, Lacin Yapindi and Tetiana Hutchison

Dedman College News Originally Posted: November 5, 2018 Updated Nov. 12, 2018 - Lacin Yapindi won a second place award for the best oral presentation. Tetiana Hutchison won a second place award for best poster. The two biology Ph.D. students presented at the 2018 Texas Branch American Society for Microbiology (ASM) meeting at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi on Nov 8-10, 2018. Congratulations! Robert Harrod, Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Biological Sciences announced today that two of his Ph.D. students, Lacin Yapindi and Tetiana Hutchison, were selected to present at the 2018 Texas Branch American Society for Microbiology (ASM) meeting at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi on Nov 8-10, 2018. The event promotes the science of microbiology throughout the state through meetings, [...]

By | 2018-11-19T12:12:26-08:00 November 20th, 2018|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News|Comments Off on Congrats to Biology Ph.D. students, Lacin Yapindi and Tetiana Hutchison

Tower Center Spotlight: Noelle Kendall ’19

SMU Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: November 9, 2018 Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Noelle Kendall ’19 is majoring in biological sciences and earning minors in chemistry and french in addition to her Tower Scholars Program minor in public policy and international affairs. We asked her about her experience as a Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar and about why science and public policy matter to her. READ MORE

By | 2018-11-12T11:07:52-08:00 November 12th, 2018|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Tower Center, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Tower Center Spotlight: Noelle Kendall ’19

Brain disorder researcher awarded prestigious grants

SMU Magazine Originally Posted: July 28, 2018 Santosh D’Mello, professor of biological sciences in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, was recently awarded two prestigious research grants totaling $2.5 million by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study two fatal brain disorders. The first grant of $1.29 million will be used to study Huntington’s disease, an inherited brain degenerative disease. D’Mello’s team will investigate whether the abnormal loss of brain cells in patients with Huntington’s disease is due to the reduction in levels of a protein called FoxP1. The second award will fund research investigating the mechanisms underlying MeCP2 duplication syndrome, a rare inherited neurodevelopmental that occurs almost exclusively in men. “We hope our research will contribute to a better understanding of these devastating brain disorders so that effective [...]

By | 2018-08-07T18:50:54-08:00 August 9th, 2018|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Brain disorder researcher awarded prestigious grants

Watch: Big on Business – W. Holt Garner

SMU Video Originally Posted: July 10, 2018 “SMU makes my passion for accounting and biology easy to maneuver. SMU’s approach to interdisciplinary study has shaped me into a more critical thinker who can approach a problem from both business and scientific perspectives. And as I prepare for medical school, my dual degree plan gives me a competitive edge. I am able to pursue diverse internship opportunities, including those that focus on the business and clinical aspects of health care.” — W. Holt Garner, Accounting and Biology double major and Chemistry minor. https://youtu.be/eqww8B51c0E  

By | 2018-08-07T18:37:18-08:00 August 7th, 2018|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Watch: Big on Business – W. Holt Garner
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