Tag: WashU

RELEASE: Bauer gift establishes named deanship at School of Medicine

A $5 million gift from philanthropists George and Carol Bauer to Washington University in St. Louis establishes a named deanship for the School of Medicine. This deanship recognizes and perpetuates the distinguished leadership of the school’s previous deans. Their collective vision and influence are credited with the school’s preeminent stature and with paving the way for its future successes. The Bauers’ gift is one of many given to the university by the couple over the […]

RELEASE: $5 million supports innovative breast cancer trial

by Julia Evangelou Strait Ron Bose, MD, PhD, (left) and Cynthia Ma, MD, PhD, and their teams are conducting research that may lead to better therapies for some breast cancer patients. They have been awarded a $5 million grant to support such research. A $5 million grant from the Department of Defense will support research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis aimed at improving breast cancer therapies. The research focuses on HER2-positive breast […]

RELEASE: Rates of autism continue to rise, new data indicate

Many children still diagnosed late, after age 4 By Jim Dryden New statistics indicate rates of autism in children have continued to increase. However, the rates have increased only modestly, suggesting  there may be a leveling off. Still, researchers found that many children aren’t getting diagnosed until age 4 or older. The older a child is at diagnosis, the harder it is for health-care professionals to intervene and change the trajectory of autism spectrum disorder. […]

RELEASE: Brain scans may help diagnose neurological, psychiatric disorders

There are no laboratory tests to diagnose migraines, depression, bipolar disorder and many other ailments of the brain. Doctors typically gauge such illnesses based on self-reported symptoms and behavior. Now, a new study shows that a kind of brain scan called functional connectivity MRI (fcMRI) – which shows how brain regions interact – can reliably detect fundamental differences in how individual brains are wired. As such, the technique potentially could be used to distinguish healthy […]

RELEASE: How highly contagious norovirus infection gets its start

Virus infects rare intestinal cells in mice; findings point to therapeutic strategy Norovirus – the highly contagious gastrointestinal illness best known for spreading rapidly on cruise chips, in nursing homes, schools and other densely populated spaces – kills an estimated 200,000 people annually, mostly in the developing world. There’s no treatment or vaccine to prevent the illness, and scientists have understood little about how the infection gets started. Now, researchers at Washington University School of […]

RELEASE: Antibiotic use increases risk of severe viral disease in mice

People infected with West Nile virus can show a wide range of disease. Some develop life-threatening brain infections. Others show no signs of infection at all. One reason for the different outcomes may lie in the community of microbes that populate their intestinal tracts. A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows that mice are more susceptible to severe West Nile disease if they have recently taken antibiotics that change the […]