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A tale of two forests could reveal path forward for saving endangered lemurs

To figure out how to best support these two endangered species — black-and-white ruffed lemurs and diademed sifakas — scientists at Washington University in St. Louis are joining up with researchers at the Saint Louis Zoo, Missouri Botanical Garden and Madagascar-based partners for an innovative research effort under the Living Earth Collaborative. Through the Eric P. […]

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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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Comparing pandemic spending patterns in U.S. and Israel

The pandemic is exacerbating preexisting social and economic inequalities in the United States and abroad, finds a new study from the Social Policy Institute (SPI) at Washington University in St. Louis. The study, “Household Spending Patterns and Hardships during COVID-19: A Comparative Study of the U.S. and Israel,” draws on national surveys conducted early in […]

The Africa Initiative awards pilot grants to launch eight new projects

In its second cycle, The Africa Initiative Pilot Grant Program, in partnership with the Institute for Public Health and the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, has awarded grants of up to $10,000 each to eight research projects. These grants, provided with support from Nestlé Purina, will help initiate new collaborations between Washington University faculty and scholars at institutional […]

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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 […]

Climate, real-world examples are focus for high school chemistry update

Two Washington University educators have developed a high school chemistry curriculum based on real-life impacts and data, including figures from the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  The new curriculum is co-authored by Michael E. Wysession, a professor in earth and planetary sciences, and Bryn Lutes, a lecturer in chemistry, both in Arts & […]

Addiction problems may increase as more states legalize pot

As more states legalize marijuana use, an international team of researchers led by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has identified two regions in our DNA — one newly identified and a second that replicates a past finding — that appear to contribute to one’s risk of becoming dependent on marijuana. […]

The future of asset-building policy ready for expansion in Korea

Korea marked a decade of asset building with a Ceremony Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Self-Sufficiency & Welfare Policy and 10th Anniversary of Asset-Building Policy on November 12, 2020. Hosted by the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare, and organized by the Korea Development Institute for Self-Sufficiency and Welfare, the ceremony featured Michael Sherraden as the keynote speaker. […]

Africa Initiative aims to advance collaborations

Call for Applications: Africa Initiative Pilot Grant Program  Award Amount: Up to $10,000Deadline: December 30, 2020 Overview The Africa Initiative is inviting applications to its pilot grant program, which aims to advance collaborations in research and education between Washington University faculty members from any discipline and scholars at academic or professional partners based in Africa. Funding This application cycle will fund 3-5 research or educational initiatives at up to $10,000 each. Award […]