Addressing Covid-19 through AI, technology and big data

For a second year, the McDonnellAcademy and the Social Policy Institute partnered to provide seed grants for international research. The previous round supported three international social-policy focused projects. This year’s focus was on addressing the challenges of COVID-19 through artificial intelligence, technology, and big data. Three new projects were selected to receive seed funding of […]

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School of Medicine develops faster, simpler test for COVID-19

A new saliva test to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been developed by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Results from the COVID-19 diagnostic test are available in a few hours and, ideally, able to be communicated to people tested within a day. Highly sensitive to detecting even tiny levels of […]

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International research network team probes inflammation after heart attack

An international team of researchers, including scientists at the School of Medicine, has formed a network to study the role of inflammation in heart disease, with a goal of finding new therapies to improve recovery after heart attacks. The team will study the biological processes that drive injurious inflammation after heart attacks, with a goal […]

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Research highlights importance of social resilience in Bronze Age China

Anthropologist T.R. Kidder in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis published new research that shows that aridification in the central plains of China during the early Bronze Age did not cause population collapse. The results highlight the importance of social resilience to climate change. Climate alone is not a driver for human […]

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China Forum presents Professor Wang Gungwu

The China Forum student group highlight event of the semester: From the Qing Empire to the Chinese Nation-State, Legacies, Contradictions and Contemporary Challenges, featuring Professor Wang Gungwu from the National University of Singapore. Professor Wang is a prolific scholar of modern Chinese history and has done several events at the Harvard Fairbank Centre and NUS […]

Worldwide clinical trial aimed at finding treatments for Alzheimer’s disease

An international Alzheimer’s clinical trial will test tau drugs. The antibody is first of three tau drugs to be evaluated. The trial, known as the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network Trials Unit (DIAN-TU) and led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, launched in 2012 as the first prevention trial for Alzheimer’s disease. Originally […]

Building better vaccines for the elderly

Meredith Jackrel, assistant professor of chemistry in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, and her lab group study protein misfolding disorders. They are especially interested in how protein misfolding occurs, how it leads to disease and how scientists might be able to prevent or even reverse protein misfolding. Their work promises applications in […]

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WashU alum is making the world a better place

Rebecca van Bergen, WashU Woman Innovator, is included in InStyle magazine’s 50 Women Making the World a Better Place in 2021. Van Bergen is the founder of Nest. The nonprofit organization helps skilled and talented artisans around the world make a sustainable living and preserve their cultural heritage. Nest has built a global network of more than […]

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Immune modulator drugs for COVID-19 focus of major NIH clinical trial

A new, international phase 3 clinical trial led by the Washington University School of Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will investigate the potential of three drugs to tame a dangerous inflammatory response seen in some COVID-19 patients. “In severe COVID-19 infection, we think the virus triggers an abnormal immune response, […]

New catalyst may lead to cheaper, longer-lasting power

A research team in the McKelvey School of Engineering is part of a multi-discipline, multi-institution group that is working to make hydrogen fuel cells a viable option in the quest for clean transportation.  The Washington University in St. Louis portion of the effort was led by Vijay Ramani, the Roma B. and Raymond H. Wittcoff Distinguished University […]

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