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Tissue Engineering Research Funded by CIRM

A UC Davis team, co-led by Alice Tarantal, PhD, and Peter Belafsky, MD, MPH, PhD, has received a $4.4 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) for their project entitled “Tissue Engineered Recellularized Laryngotracheal Implants”, which proposes to develop a stem cell-derived airway transplant to cure a difficult, life-threatening [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00 December 12th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Vaccine Fends off Virus that Strikes Weak Immune Systems

An experimental vaccine modeling human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection — which can endanger developing fetuses, transplant recipients, patients co-infected with HIV and others who have a weakened immune system — proved safe and effective in research conducted at the CNPRC using the rhesus macaque model. A team of scientists from the [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00 November 8th, 2013|Tags: , |

Influenza Vaccine: Dramatic Increase in Protection of Aged Animals

The flu season can be deadly for thousands of elderly people each year. There is a critical public health need to improve the effectiveness of influenza vaccines. Seminal research results were recently released by Drs. Chris Miller, DVM, PhD, CNPRC Core Scientist, and Tim Carroll, PhD, Post-doctoral scholar at the [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00 November 5th, 2013|Tags: , , , |

Formula-fed Babies May be More Susceptible to Chronic Disease

Formula-fed infants experience metabolic stress that could make them more susceptible than breast-fed infants to a wide range of health issues such as obesity, diabetes, liver problems and cardiovascular disease, according to new research conducted at the CNPRC by biochemists Carolyn Slupsky and Bo Lönnerdal, both of the UC Davis [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00 August 8th, 2013|Tags: , , , |

BPA Affects Lung Development

Collaborative efforts add critical information to understanding effects of BPA BPA (bisphenol A), is used in the manufacturing of various plastics and food packaging, consumer products, some paper receipts, and medical devices. It is controversial because it exerts weak, but detectable, hormone-like properties which can mimic estrogen and may lead [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00 August 1st, 2013|Tags: , , |

Maternal Antibodies Linked to Autism

In a major advance in understanding risk factors, and possible means of prevention of autism, Melissa Bauman, PhD, and David Amaral, PhD, performed studies at the CNPRC with rhesus monkeys to further define the role that maternal antibodies have to play in the risk of a child having autism. The research was [...]

2014-06-06T16:16:42+00:00 July 9th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Effects of Long-term Oxytocin Use in Children

Dr. Karen Bales, CNPRC Brain, Mind, and Behavior (BMB) Unit Leader, has done extensive research on the hormone oxytocin and its short and long-term effects on behavior in two monogamous species – prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster) and titi monkeys (Callicebus cupreus). She is particularly interested in the role of neuropeptides [...]

2014-07-15T15:49:53+00:00 January 18th, 2013|Tags: , , |

BPA Shows Two-generation Effect

Exposure of pregnant monkeys to the widely-used chemical bisphenol A (BPA) disrupts development of fetal ovaries, potentially causing birth defects and reproductive problems that would not emerge for a generation, according to research by Dr. Patricia Hunt and colleagues at Washington State University and Dr. Catherine VandeVoort at the CNPRC. [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00 September 24th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Tenofovir: Prophylaxis for HIV Prevention

Tenofovir (Viread), an antiretroviral HIV drug first shown by the CNPRC to be safe and effective in treating monkeys that were infected with SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus), has once again been used as the key ingredient in a pair of successful HIV preventative studies. The two new studies, by the [...]

2017-10-03T18:15:38+00:00 July 14th, 2012|Tags: , , |

BPA and Female Development

Adding important new findings to extensive scientific evidence that Bisphenol A (BPA) is a harmful substance, Dr. Catherine VandeVoort, staff scientist in Reproductive Sciences and Regenerative Medicine at the CNPRC, has been part of a team effort investigating the effects of BPA on the fetal development in nonhuman primates and [...]

2017-10-03T18:13:02+00:00 May 28th, 2012|Tags: , , |

Better Understanding of HIV and Immune System Battle

The GI tract is considered a major 'battlefield' between the immune system and HIV. The intestinal mucosa is the site of early infection and aggressive transmission for HIV, making it the first line of defense against the infection. A better understanding of what happens in the GI tract may lead [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00 March 2nd, 2012|Tags: , , , |