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A new on-campus bus route will take riders from the University of Georgia campus to the Athens Farmers Market at Bishop Park this fall. The Fresh Food Bus will operate each Saturday (excluding UGA home football game Saturdays) through Dec. 19.
Even without losing fat, more muscle appears to go a long way in fighting off the bad cardiovascular effects of obesity. That emerging evidence has scientists looking hard for new targets to uncouple the unhealthy relationship between fat and cardiovascular disease. “If you look at the exercise literature, we understand very well that if you exercise, things get better. What we don’t really understand is what about exercise is good; what does it tell us about physiology and how disease starts, and how can you customize it to different populations?” said Dr. David Stepp, vascular biologist in the Vascular Biology Center at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University.
The University of Georgia's Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases was awarded $1.25 million by the National Institutes of Health to continue training graduate and postdoctoral students over the next five years who can help address the growing threats of parasitic diseases.
A receptor that is already a target for treating neurodegenerative disease also appears to play a key role in supporting the retina, scientists report. Without sigma 1 receptor, the Müller cells that support the retina can’t seem to control their own levels of destructive oxidative stress, and consequently can’t properly support the millions of specialized neurons that enable us to transform light into images, scientists report in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine. Without support, well-organized layers of retinal cells begin to disintegrate and vision is lost to diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, said Dr. Sylvia Smith, retinal cell biologist and Chairwoman of the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.
DNA damage increases the risk of cancer, and researchers have found that a protein, known to rally when cells get stressed, plays a critical, early step in its repair. In the rapid, complex scenario that enables a cell to repair DNA damage or die, ATF3, or activating transcription factor 3, appears to be a true first responder, increasing its levels then finding and binding to another protein, Tip60, which will ultimately help attract a swarm of other proteins to the damage site. “This protein is a so-called stress responder, so when a cell senses stress, such as DNA damage, this protein can be induced,” said Dr. Chunhong Yan, molecular biologist at the Georgia Regent University Cancer Center and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Medical College of Georgia at AU.
Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed new tools to study and genetically manipulate cryptosporidium, a microscopic parasite that causes the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis. Their discoveries, published in the journal Nature, will ultimately help researchers in academia and industry find new treatments and vaccines for cryptosporidium, which is a major cause of disease and death in children under 2 years old.
Four finalists for the position of campus dean of the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership will visit Athens and Augusta in the coming weeks to meet with faculty, staff, students and community members.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) named Dr. Brooks Keel president of Augusta University (AU) in Augusta. Keel will assume his new position on July 20.
The Internal Medicine Residency Program, a joint effort of the AU/UGA Medical Partnership and St. Mary’s Health Care System, is pleased to officially welcome its first class of Internal Medicine residents. The 10 residents, who began orientation on June 24, officially began work today, July 1, 2015
The AU/UGA Medical Partnership has announced the establishment of the Barbara L. Schuster Medical Partnership Scholarship, named in honor of Schuster, who recently stepped down as the founding campus dean after almost seven years of service.