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Notre Dame researchers study potential cause of common birth defect

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Small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) proteins are small peptides that get added on to other proteins to regulate their activity. While SUMO has many regulatory roles in cells, it is especially important for controlling gene expression during early development. Just a few years ago this connection between SUMO and gene regulation was relatively unknown, but now, Notre Dame researchers are exploring how a disruption to the SUMO protein’s ability to regulate embryo development may be linked to congenital heart defects. 

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Researchers confirm molecule's role in kidney formation

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Research in the laboratory of Rebecca Wingert, the Gallagher Family Associate Professor of Adult Stem Cell Research in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, has confirmed the key role of a certain small molecule in the development of kidney structures in zebrafish, a widely used model for human kidneys. The discovery could help advance understanding to address issues such as birth defects and repair of the kidney after illness or injury.

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Dr. David R. Hyde and team awarded over $1.9 million from the NIH as part of the audacious effort to reverse blindness

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Dr. David Hyde and his team have been awarded over $1.9 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead one of six projects planned to identify biological factors that influence neural regeneration in the retina.

The projects are part of the National Eye Institute (NEI) Audacious Goals Initiative (AGI), a targeted effort to restore vision by regenerating neurons and their connections in the eye and visual system. These six projects will receive a total of $12.4 million over three years, pending availability of funds.…

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Dr. Manuela Lahne, wins NDIIF Best Biological Imaging Publication for 2015

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The Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility (NDIIF) is pleased to announce that the Best Biological Imaging Publication 2015 is awarded to Dr. Manuela Lahne, a Research Assistant Professor collaborating with Professor David Hyde in the Department of Biological Sciences, the Center for Zebrafish Research, and the Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine. 

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Dr. Hyde is one of 22 elite international scientists invited to a closed-door workshop sponsored by the National Eye Institute

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Dr. David Hyde is one of 22 invited international scientists to participate in a closed-door workshop sponsored by the National Eye Institute in Seattle, WA on Saturday, April 30. The workshop, entitled “Replacement of Retinal Ganglion Cells from Endogenous Cell Sources,” is part of the Eye Institute’s Audacious Goal Initiative to cure blindness and restore vision by regenerating the damaged retina. It is anticipated that this workshop will help frame future research directions for the National Eye Institute.

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Dr. Zartman awarded Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Jeremiah Zartman, a junior faculty member in the College of Engineering, with the Early Career Development Award (CAREER). Honoring outstanding research and the integration of education and research within their individual organizations, the CAREER Award is the most prestigious award given by the U.S. government to young faculty in engineering and science.

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Dr. Zorlutuna to receive CMBE-ABioM "Rising Star" Award

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Pinar Zorlutuna, Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, will receive the “Rising Star” Award at the 2016 Biomedical Engineering Society - Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) and Advanced Biomanufacturing (ABioM) Joint Conference.

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Talk Science discusses stem cell and population ecology research

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From stem cells to population ecology, the research topics studied by both students and professors at Notre Dame is exceedingly diverse. Talk Science, a monthly event hosted by Scientia, the student-run journal of undergraduate scientific research at Notre Dame, aims to highlight research opportunities on campus for interested undergraduates to explore.

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Undergraduate Jonathan Jou receives Harvard stem cell summer fellowship

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Jonathan Jou, a junior biological sciences major, is the distinguished recipient of a fellowship to perform research this summer at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) in Cambridge, MA. Jou was selected from a highly competitive applicant pool, open to current students at Harvard or any college or university across the United States and internationally, to participate in the HSCI Summer Internship Program (HIP).

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Faculty hiring initiative supports Notre Dame’s ongoing investments in research

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Building on the momentum of its recent Strategic Research Investment initiative — which committed $80 million in internal resources to 14 research projects — the University of Notre Dame has announced the winning proposals in a new strategic hiring initiative. The initiative, which is a key component in the University’s Advancing Our Vision program, will create approximately 80 faculty positions in 10 key areas of research across campus, drawing on $10 million in annual funds that have been reallocated from lower-priority expenditures to this academic priority.

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$5 million gift establishes Gallagher family professorships in adult stem cell research

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Alumnus Michael Gallagher and his wife, Elizabeth, have made a $5 million gift to establish the Elizabeth and Michael Gallagher Family Professorships in Adult Stem Cell Research at the University of Notre Dame.

Their gift, which will fund three new endowed professorships in adult and all forms of non-embryonic stem cell research, will strengthen Notre Dame’s leadership in the field of stem cell research and enhance the University’s effective dialogue between the biomedical research community and the Catholic Church on matters related to the use and application of stem cells and regenerative medicine.

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Two Notre Dame scholars to participate in Vatican conference on adult stem cell research

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Two Notre Dame faculty members have traveled to Rome to join some 350 international participants at a Vatican conference on adult stem cell research which begins today (Nov. 9).

Historian and philosopher Philip Sloan, professor emeritus in Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies, and biologist David Hyde, the Rev. Howard J. Kenna, C.S.C., Memorial Director of Notre Dame’s Center for Zebrafish Research, will be among the scientists, religious leaders, policymakers, academics and medical patients attending the two-day conference, “Adult Stem Cells: Science and the Future of Man and Culture.”

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Notre Dame conference on adult/non-embryonic stem cell research draws leading scholars

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Some of the world’s leading scholars across a variety of relevant disciplines are visiting the University of Notre Dame for a week-long “Workshop on Adult and Non-embryonic Stem Cell Research,” being held on campus through July 2.

“The initiative seeks to demonstrate that respect for the equal dignity of every human being – from conception to natural death – and a commitment to excellence and rigor in research are both integral and complementary goods necessary to pursuing the proper ends of biomedical science,” said Carter Snead, professor of law and one of the workshop leaders.

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Prof. Snead wins adult stem cell research grant

Notre Dame Associate Professor of Law O. Carter Snead, along with Professor Philip Sloan in Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies and Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science, was awarded a $50,000 seed grant from the University’s Initiative in Adult Stem Cell Research and Ethics.

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