Translating lab discoveries into health care products requires large investments of time and resources.
Through the STTR Regional Technology Transfer Accelerator Hubs for IDeA States program, NIGMS helps researchers interested in transitioning their discoveries and/or inventions into products. Here are the stories of three researchers working with the XLerator Hub, which funds projects in the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.
Lan (Nancy) Guo, Ph.D., a professor of occupational and environmental health sciences at West Virginia University in Morgantown, is developing a test that evaluates gene expression in non-small-cell lung cancer tumors to determine patients’ risk for the recurrence of cancer. The test uses a sample of a surgically removed tumor. If the result suggests a high risk of recurrence, a patient’s doctor could recommend a course of chemotherapy to help prevent it.
WVU connecting southern West Virginians with substance use disorder to recovery resources, jobs, transportation and more
The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded a two-year, nearly $500,000 grant to WVU for the project, “West Virginia Inspiring Hope,” to enhance and expand the existing recovery-to-work ecosystem, including training, job placement, recovery treatment, housing and transportation in a seven-county area — Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Summers and Webster.
On Dec. 31, 2019, the World Health Organization's (WHO) office in China noted a report of cases of "viral pneumonia" on the website of the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission. Earlier that same month, there was another important milestone: at its headquarters in Geneva, the WHO celebrated the 40th anniversary of the confirmation of the eradication of smallpox. As more and more people receive vaccines and with steep declines in the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide, what does the end of this pandemic look like? Will we also win freedom from this virus?
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