WVU researcher receives $1.6 million to fight inflammation in neurodegenerative diseases

Inflammation is overwhelmingly beneficial, helping to fight illnesses caused by bacteria and viruses. However, most neurological diseases involve inflammation in the brain, which is thought to contribute to or exacerbate diseases. A West Virginia University researcher has been recently awarded $1.6 million to conduct research on how harmful inflammation can be targeted without disrupting normal immune function.

WVU biochemist goes online to X-ray life-sustaining crystals

Under conventional magnification, the crystals Aaron Robart grows in his West Virginia University lab may look like simple rock salt, but by bombarding them with X-rays, he and his research team can build computational models that reveal the molecules within.

WVU-led report shows smoking has not flamed out in all populations

The number one cause of preventable death is on the decline, but not for everyone. A new report led by a West Virginia University public health expert shows that despite a drop in cigarette smoking nationwide, minority groups are at higher risk for tobacco-related diseases than others.

Who feels most comfortable asking doctors to wash their hands? Parents

To keep from spreading illness among their patients, the best action healthcare providers can take is to wash their hands. Dr. Allison Lastinger, a fellow at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, recently led an investigation into whether adult patients and the parents of pediatric patients felt more comfortable asking their doctors and nurses to wash their hands, or reminding them by holding up a sign called a Patient Empowerment Tool (PET).

$55 million grant boosts health research at WVU, other universities, hospitals and clinics

Recommitting themselves to bring the benefits of research out of labs and hospitals and into the lives of West Virginia people and communities, a coalition of federal agencies, universities, hospitals and clinics will develop dozens of efforts over the next five years to battle addiction and cancer and reduce the impact of cardiovascular and neurological diseases.