December 2015 - Shelby Cole, a first-year pharmacy student from Malta, recently was awarded an Undergraduate Diversity Student supplement by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences that will fund her own individual research project studying dendritic cells. Cole is Gros Ventre and Little Shell.
The funding comes as an administrative supplement to UM Professor David Shepherd’s five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, through which his team studies dendritic cells – cells that play a pivotal role in immune system interactions. The team’s goal is to develop drugs that help control immune functions – whether limiting chronic inflammation, curing autoimmune diseases, combating an infectious disease, or blocking the detrimental effects of different environmental pollutants. View full article here.
December 2015 – Students attending the University of Montana can now earn an undergraduate degree in neuroscience, the study of the nervous system and the brain.
The interdisciplinary major, approved by the Montana Board of Regents earlier this year, draws from courses in multiple University departments, mainly biomedical sciences, psychology, and biology. The major also requires courses in chemistry, math, and physics and offers elective courses ranging from kinesiology and health to behavioral economics, literature, and dance. UM will offer four new courses developed for the major including From Molecules to Mind: Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Central Nervous System Diseases. Full article here.
December 2015 - Potentially groundbreaking research is taking place in Montana to improve diagnosis and treatment of concussions. Two scientists are attempting to find critical information in human blood. This program gives an inside look at people who suffer a concussion, and those who are trying to help them. View full article here.
September 2015 - The National Institutes of Health recently selected a University of Montana professor to be a member of its Center for Scientific Review. David Shepherd, a faculty member in UM’s College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, accepted the four-year appointment to serve on the Innate Immunity and Inflammation Study Section.
NIH chooses its members based on their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and other significant scientific activities and honors. View full article here.
Sebtember 2015 - A new, five-year $3.8 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has been awarded to a research team led by University of Montana Professor Chuck Thompson.
The grant will be used to support research that investigates new chemical and imaging technologies to understand how poisonous chemical agents known as organophosphates (OPs) enter the brain and how antidotes and therapeutics can be used to reduce neurotoxic effects to OP exposure. View full article here.
Monica Serban is a new Montanan, having moved to Missoula with her family this summer.
Serban, a new faculty member at the University of Montana, was most recently in Boston. She's lived in Utah, Nebraska, North Carolina, and years ago, her native Romania.
She had an opportunity to take a job in Maine, but she chose Montana instead, and she's ready to make a home in the Big Sky and make a difference in the lives of students and others in her community. View full article here.
August 2015 - CHPBS researchers were recently awarded a $2.2M grant to address traumatic brain injury from the MREDI program. An issue that affects a significant portion of Montana’s population, there are currently no available diagnostic tests to assess recovery & no proven treatments to reduce the cognitive and neurological damage from TBI. This project will bring together TBI researchers & private companies to create diagnostic tools for TBI survivors and expand clinical services for TBI survivors & veterans at UM’s Neural Injury Center by initiating clinical trials based on the technology developed by the research team. Full article here.
July 2015 - Two University of Montana researchers were among six final winners nationally to receive $500,000 from the Head Health Challenge I, an up-to-$10 million program sponsored by General Electric Co. and the National Football League. UM Research Assistant Professors Sarj Patel and Tom Rau, whose work aims to speed diagnosis and improve treatment for mild traumatic brain injury, received the news this week.
The goal of the Head Health Challenge is to improve the safety of athletes, members of the military and society overall. The winners were selected from an initial group of 16 challenge winners who were chosen from more than 400 entries from 27 countries, after having been reviewed and nominated by a panel of leading health care experts in brain research, imaging technologies and advocates for advances in brain research. View full article here.
June 2015 - While some Missoulians were still eating their breakfast on Monday, two dozen Montana high-school students taking part in a health career summer camp were wrist-deep dissecting the heart of a pig.
The summer camp, called MedStart, is designed to give high-school juniors and seniors a chance to explore health careers and the various programs offered at colleges in Montana.
The MedStart camp in Missoula is sponsored by the Western Montana Area Health Education Center at the University of Montana, a not-for-profit funded by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. View full article here.
June 2015 - For Bridges and a research team at UM’s Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience, it took almost two decades of experimentation to arrive at two related breakthroughs. They offer a potential treatment for brain tumors, which is an area in dire need of new therapies. It’s also great news because the now-patented research has led to an exclusive agreement with a drug company – and that kind of commercial development has resounding economic effects for the University and the Missoula community.
The discoveries in the group began with transporters – tiny proteins found on the surface of cells, which Bridges describes as turnstiles or revolving doors that move small molecules into and out of cells. Experimenting with those revolving doors has been a major focus for a number of groups in UM’s neuroscience center since its inception in 2002. View full article here.
May 2015 - With 18 students accepted into medical schools this year, the Pre-Medical Sciences Program at the University of Montana reached an acceptance rate of 64 percent – 20 points higher than the national average of 44 percent.
The pre-med program has seen a steady increase in the number of students admitted into medical programs the past several years. In 2009, seven students received acceptance letters from at least one school. In 2010, just five. The number grew to 12 in 2011, and the program has had between 18 and 21 students admitted each year since then. View full article here.
May 2015 - The University of Montana has joined Project Lead The Way, the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering and math programs for students in grades K-12. UM’s new role as a PLTW affiliate reinforces the University’s support for STEM education and its dedication to providing high-quality educational opportunities for Montana students and teachers.
PLTW offers programs with pathways in engineering, biomedical science and computer science. As an affiliate, UM will offer professional development training programs to PLTW teachers, host annual conferences for school administrators and counselors, and provide ongoing support to PLTW schools throughout the state of Montana. View full article here.
April 2015 - One of the biggest buzzwords in health care right now is pharmacogenetics, also known as personalized or precision medicine. During his latest State of the Union, President Barack Obama announced he was launching a $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes, and to give Americans access to the personalized information needed to keep healthier. Last week, the governor of California unveiled a similar $3 million public-private statewide initiative.
As interest and investment in personalized medicine increases, University of Montana Associate Professor Erica Woodahl stands in a prominent position. She's currently the only person in the continental United States doing pharmacogenetic research on an indigenous population. View full article here.
March 2015 - Learn about Toxicology Graduate Students at the Center for Environmental Health Sciences performing state-of-the-art research at the University of Montana. For more information, please visit cehsweb.health.umt.edu View full article here.
March 2015 - Kit Fieldhouse, the winner of University of Montana’s first Brain Bee competition, will travel to Baltimore on Friday and Saturday to compete in the U.S. National Brain Bee.
On Feb. 21, Fieldhouse won UM’s Brain Bee, an initiative of the spectrUM Discovery Area and the UM Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience. The Hellgate High School junior competed against 17 other high school students from Missoula, Lolo and Florence in a written and laboratory exam, with the finalists advancing to the live Brain Bee. View full article here.
February 2015 - Professors researching at the University of Montana have turned to Butte's Berkeley Pit fungi as a potential building block in the cure for cancer.
In their lab, Andrea Stierle tracks data on her computer while her husband, Don Stierle, writes the couple’s findings in a lab notebook. They are surrounded by chemical hoods, scattered petri dishes and graduated cylinders.
The Stierles started working at UM in 2010, and brought their research about fungi that live in the Berkeley Pit. Bacteria there have adapted to survive in its harsh waters, and the Stierles' research focuses on fungi that could block the pathways cancer uses to travel through the body. View full article here.
February 2015 - When the body turns against itself, it can strike with debilitating and deadly accuracy. The war raging inside people with autoimmune disorders can be devastating, and the current gold standard of care involves complete demilitarization of the body’s defenses by highly immunosuppressive drugs. Because one part of the immune system can’t be trusted, the whole thing is brought down, leaving the body highly susceptible to increased and more severe infections, as well as unchecked growth of cancerous cells. But now UM researchers are developing a more targeted response. View full article here.
February 2015 - City smog lowers children’s IQ. This is among findings from a recent University of Montana study that found children living in cities with significant air pollution are at an increased risk for detrimental impacts to the brain, including short-term memory loss and lower IQ.
Findings by UM Professor Dr. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas, MA, MD, Ph.D., and her team of researchers reveal that children with lifetime exposures to concentrations of air pollutants above the current U.S. standards, including fine particulate matter, are at an increased risk for brain inflammation and neurodegenerative changes, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. View full article here.
- Toxicology and Biomedical Sciences graduate students excels on and off campus (December 2014)
- BMED faculty express concern over reductions in federal research funding (October 2014)
- BMED faculty research targets reducing respiratory problems in at-risk elderly populations (August 2014)
- Undergraduate students contribute to laboratory research (July 2014)
- Graduate student investigates the health effects of particulate matter (June 2014)
- BMED faculty researcher starts new biotech spin-off (April 2014)
- BMED faculty help lead UM's new Brain Initiative (April 2014)
- Founding Chair of BMED Retires (February 6th, 2014)
- BMED researchers are among 16 national recipients of NFL & GE Head Health Challenge Awards to Study Traumatic Brain Injury (January 23, 2014)
- Toxicology graduate student receives PHRMA Fellowship (January 2014)
- BMED faculty contribute to the opening of the new SpectrUM science museum (October 11th, 2013)
- BMED faculty lead efforts to link biomedical research with economic development (August 16th, 2013)
- BMED faculty contribute to economic development efforts (August 12th, 2013)
- BMED Researcher's Work on Air Pollution and Brain Injury Highlighted in Research View (July 26th, 2013)
- BMED Faculty Highlighted by National Pharmacogenomics Research Network (July 16th, 2013)
- Montana's first NIH COBRE Phase III grant awarded to BMED's Center for Environmental Health Sciences (July 12th, 2013)
- BMED Graduate Students Receive Fellowships to Conduct Research in France (May 21st, 2013)
- UM Pharmacogenetics Research Team Establishes Trust First (May 9th, 2013)
- BMED Faculty interview on NPR Highlights New Health Risk from Air Pollution (March 5th, 2013)
- BMED Faculty and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Word to Advance Pharmacogenetic Research (Feb. 28th, 2013)
- BMED professor opens "Bringing the U to You" lecture series in Great Falls. (January 31st, 2013)
- Missoula forum on smoke and air quality features BMED faculty (January 11th, 2013)
- BMED Professor Appointed 2013 AAAS Fellow (December 11th, 2012)
- BMED Research Highlighted in New Montana Public Radio Show
- BMED Faculty Research Highlighted in Campus Outreach (November 2nd, 2012)
- Center Receives $1.25 Million Grant To Fund Regional Environmental Health Education Program (October 5th, 2012)
- Use of Low-Dose Methamphetamine as a Neuroprotective Agent following Traumatic Brain Injury (September 2012)
- Medical research saves lives, creates jobs in Montana (June 18th, 2012)
- BMED faculty participate in a "Celebration of Research" at Salish Kootenai College (June 7th, 2012)
- A Scientific Marriage - Dynamic duo brings life-saving, forest-preserving research project to UM (Summer 2012)
- National Institute Director To Speak At UM (April 30th, 2012)
- UM Pharmacy Student Wins National Competition (April 24th, 2012)
- Lecture at UM will examine health care for American Indian elders (April 7th, 2012)
- UM children’s science center looks to expand into Missoula Mercantile Building (March 25th, 2012)
- UM Pharmacy Program Accredited For Maximum Period (February 14th, 2012)
- UM biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences chair named Regents professor (November 19th, 2011)
- Big Sky Brain Project Receives $1.3 Million Grant (October 4th, 2011)
- UM Receives $9.9 Million National Institutes Of Health Grant (September 13th, 2011)
- Symposium At UM Showcases High School Student Research (May 9th, 2011)
- Invest in Montana research, continue to reap long-term benefits (April 21, 2011)
- Researchers Examine Indoor Air Pollution, Respiratory Health Issues Among Alaska Natives (January 11th, 2010)
- Lecture Series Set To Explore Science, Evolution Of Learning (January 4th, 2011)
- BMED Investigators among UM's top grant recipients (UM Vision 2011)
2010 - '09
- From Mice to Men - Damage-reducing stroke drug moving to human trials (Winter 2010)
- UM Technology Launches Brain Imaging Company (November 30th, 2010)
- SpectrUM, Community Medical Team Up To Create 'Brain Bus' (November 22nd, 2010)
- $1.5 Million DOD Grant Studies Drug To Limit Brain Injuries (September 27th, 2010)
- SpectrUM Discovery Area Unveils Latest Exhibition: The Brain, World Inside your Head (September 10th, 2010)
- NIH Grant Brings Researchers Together To Improve Access To Drug Therapy (September 9th, 2010)
- Researcher Delves Into Mysteries Of Alzheimer's Disease (July 14th, 2010)
- Individualized Medicine - UM research aims to improve tribal health (Summer 2010)
- Students Work To Bring Safe, Clean Water To Haiti's Children (March 17th, 2010)
- UM Pharmacy School Retains Top-10 Research Ranking (February 26th, 2010)
- Damage-Reducing Stroke Drug Moving To Human Trials (January 29th, 2010)
- Drug may limit brain injury damage (UM Vision 2010)
- Tainted Trees - Research reveals another public health threat from asbestos (UM Vision 2009)