What appears to be parasite manipulation may simply be part of malaria-carrying mosquitoes' immune response, according to a group of Penn State entomologists including Huck Institutes affiliates Lauren Cator, Simon Blanford, Courtney Murdock, Tom Baker, Andrew Read, and Matt Thomas.
Nerve injury is a major health problem, with 12,000 new injuries occurring in the U.S. each year. Recovery can be difficult or impossible, which is why Huck Institutes affiliate Mohammad Reza Abidian is focusing his research on special materials called "conducting polymers," which could one day offer a solution to these injuries.
Ping Li " co-chair of the Huck Institutes' Neuroscience graduate program and co-director of the Center for Brain, Behavior and Cognition " is part of a collaboration between Penn State and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) to establish the Advanced Center for the Study of the Learning Sciences.
In a free new online course, "Epidemics: the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases," offered by the Eberly College of Science at Penn State, students and members of the public will learn about how infectious diseases spread by playing a real-time epidemic game " a "virtual apocalypse," which instructors will run in parallel with the more traditional lessons.
Models of the human brain, patterned on engineering control theory, may some day help researchers control such neurological diseases as epilepsy, Parkinson's, and migraines, according to Steven Schiff, who is using mathematical models of neuron networks from which more complex brain models emerge.
While honey bee populations dwindle across the globe, Christina Grozinger and other Penn State researchers aim to use communication technologies to spread revolutionary beekeeping techniques that will help offset the effects of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
Peter Hudson, Scott Selleck, David Hughes, Melissa Rolls, Paula Droege, Tracy Langkilde, Phil Bevilacqua, Stephen Schaeffer, and Robert Paulson talk about research that's driving scientific discovery at Penn State.
Kathleen Keller and colleagues at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine find that while neither genes nor the environment alone can predict obesity in children, a strong relationship emerges when these factors are considered together.
There is a new researcher in the Millennium Science Complex developing vascular grafts to treat atherosclerosis, bio-glue to aid wound closure without stitches, a biopolymer to induce bone regeneration, an injectible hydrogel to aid in cancer treatment, and biodegradable photoluminescent nanomaterials for use in therapeutic nanomedicine.
The Board of Directors of The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience has announced the 2012 McKnight Scholar Award recipients " among them Penn State professor and Huck Institutes faculty member Patrick Drew with his proposal entitled "Imaging neurovascular coupling in the behaving animal."
The Penn State biology and entomology professor and Huck Institutes faculty member has been granted funding to pursue his innovative global health and development research project, entitled "Taking out the bodyguards: a novel solution to ag disease."
Researchers at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine " including Huck Institutes faculty member Patricia Grigson " find that a history of binge eating may make an individual more likely to exhibit other addiction-like behaviors including substance abuse.