Health & Medicine

Teen smoking could lead to adult depression, study says

Teenagers who smoke could be setting themselves up for depression later in life, according to a groundbreaking new Florida State University study. Psychology Professor Carlos A. Bolaños and a team of researchers found that nicotine given to adolescent rats induced a depression-like state characterized by a lack of pleasure and heightened sensitivity to stress in […]

Pioneering medical school graduates now practicing physicians

Fourteen members of the first class of students to graduate from The Florida State University College of Medicine recently completed the journey to becoming full-time practicing physicians. When the students arrived at the College of Medicine as part of the inaugural class in 2001, they were taking a calculated gamble by choosing to be part […]

Med school discovery could lead to better cancer diagnosis, drugs

A Florida State University College of Medicine research team led by Yanchang Wang has discovered an important new layer of regulation in the cell division cycle, which could lead to a greater understanding of the way cancer begins. Yanchang Wang Wang, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences at the College of Medicine, said the findings […]

FSU researcher’s discovery leads to $1.5 million grant, potential new treatment of liver fibrosis

Branko Stefanovic, associate professor in the department of biomedical sciences at the College of Medicine, hopes his discovery could lead to treatment methods that may stem the process of liver fibrosis. Cirrhosis, the terminal phase of the disease, kills 26,000 Americans each year — the ninth leading cause of death in the United States. Liver […]

FSU medical school among best in nation for producing family doctors

The Florida State University College of Medicine is ranked fourth in the nation for the percentage of its graduating doctors who choose to specialize in family medicine, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. Over a three-year period, 17.9 percent of FSU College of Medicine graduates entered family medicine residencies. No other medical school […]

Landmark FSU study unlocks stem cell, DNA secrets, advances therapy

In a groundbreaking study led by an eminent molecular biologist at Florida State University, researchers have discovered that as embryonic stem cells turn into different cell types, there are dramatic corresponding changes to the order in which DNA is replicated and reorganized. The findings bridge a critical knowledge gap for stem cell biologists, enabling them […]

New Psychology Building to advance department’s research goals

One of Florida State University’s oldest academic departments today celebrated the grand opening of the university’s newest building. Members of the psychology department — established on the FSU campus 106 years ago — are reveling in the opportunities that its new $56 million building will afford them in terms of teaching, researching and collaborating with […]

FSU, black churches to tackle heart disease, stroke with $1.7 million grant

A $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will fund a Florida State University-led study that will enlist the help of four African-American churches in Leon and Gadsden counties to develop and implement programs aimed at reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors among their members. Penny Ralston With the five-year grant from the […]

FSU professor to study best way to help African-American caregivers

A Florida State University researcher has received a $743,000 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Johnny Byrd Sr. Alzheimer’s Center & Research Institute to study the most effective methods to provide skills training and support to African-American caregivers of dementia patients. Rob Glueckauf Love and compassion typically are the motivating emotions […]

With NIH grant, FSU becomes one of world’s top imaging centers

At Florida State University, the collective strength of biomedical research and the scientists who lead it has earned a $2 million High-End Instrumentation (HEI) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The one-year award will help FSU buy a state-of-the-art robotic electron microscope to advance cutting-edge studies of HIV/AIDS, heart disease, hypertension and cancer. […]

FSU researcher using high-powered computers to test new cancer-killing drugs

A Florida State University faculty member who uses computational techniques to evaluate a new class of cancer-killing drugs is attracting worldwide attention from other researchers. Graphic representation of a vascular tumor model Kevin C. Chen, an assistant professor of chemical and biomedical engineering at the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering, is using […]

Known genetic risk for Alzheimer’s in whites also places blacks at risk, FSU research finds

A commonly recognized gene that places one at risk for Alzheimer’s disease does not discriminate between blacks and whites, according to new research led by Florida State University. FSU Psychology Professor Natalie Sachs-Ericsson and graduate student Kathryn Sawyer have found that the gene APOE epsilon 4 allele is a risk factor for African-Americans as well […]