Health & Medicine

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 […]

FSU to share $7 million grant to study autism in toddlers

Researchers know that early intervention is the key to better outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), but the effectiveness of intervention with very young toddlers is not yet known. Amy Wetherby With a $7 million grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health, Florida State University and University of Michigan researchers aim to […]

FSU chemist wins major grant to study obesity-diabetes link

A Florida State University researcher has received a major scientific grant to study the chemical processes within the human body that may lead to the development of diabetes. Knowledge gained from Michael Roper’s research could lay the foundation for future treatments of a disorder that is reaching pandemic proportions throughout the world, especially in the […]

FSU College of Medicine recognized for producing family physicians

The Florida State University College of Medicine has been recognized as one of the top medical schools in the country for producing family physicians. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) presented its Top 10 Award to FSU last week during the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine annual conference in Baltimore. “Family physicians play […]

Discovery to hasten new malaria treatments, vaccines for children

Despite the grim statistics out of Africa there’s cause for celebration about the fight against malaria. Florida State University biologists have discovered an autoimmune-like response in blood drawn from malaria-infected African children that helps to explain why existing DNA-based anti-malaria vaccines have repeatedly failed to protect them. The groundbreaking study is expected to speed and […]

FSU enters historic research partnership with Mayo Clinic

Two leaders in medicine, Florida State University and Mayo Clinic, have signed an agreement to work as research partners in the quest to improve health care outcomes for Floridians and all Americans. FSU President T. K. Wetherell and George B. Bartley, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, sign partnership agreement. From left, FSU […]

Family physician named new dean of FSU College of Medicine

Florida State University Provost and Executive Vice President Lawrence G. Abele has announced the appointment of Dr. John P. Fogarty as the next dean of the College of Medicine, effective Aug. 8. Dr. John P. Fogarty Senior associate dean for operations and associate dean for primary care at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, […]

Most FSU College of Medicine students to remain in Florida for residency training

Of the 57 students in the FSU College of Medicine Class of 2008, 33 (58%) will remain in Florida for their graduate medical education. This represents the largest percentage of any graduating class in the college to secure residency positions in the state. J. Ocie Harris, M.D. Thirty-eight of the 57 graduating students (67%), are […]

Isabel Collier Read remembered at grand opening of FSU medical campus in Immokalee

The newest campus of the Florida State University College of Medicine got its start through the generosity of the late Isabel Collier Read, who was memorialized recently at the grand opening ceremony at the Immokalee, Fla., campus named for her. Richard Akin, President and CEO of Collier Health Services, Inc., center, is joined by FSU […]

Study: Media perpetuates unsubstantiated chemical imbalance theory of depression

The theory that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance is often presented in the media as fact even though there is little scientific evidence to support it, according to a new study co-authored by a Florida State University visiting lecturer. Jeffrey Lacasse, an FSU doctoral candidate and visiting lecturer in the College of Social […]

FSU College of Medicine researcher seeks to uncover new therapies with American Cancer Society grant

With a four-year, $707,000 grant from the American Cancer Society, Yanchang Wang, assistant professor of biomedical sciences in the Florida State University College of Medicine, hopes to learn how a particular enzyme could possibly help put the brakes on the runaway cell division process that occurs in many forms of cancer. Wang’s research involves the […]