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Andrea Dautant

UF Neuro Research Ranks No. 2 Nationally in NIH Funding

Neuroscience and neuromedicine research at the University of Florida ranked No. 2 in NIH funding among all public universities in the U.S., according to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research’s 2023 rankings. With $31.8 million in NIH funding, UF neurosciences — a combined ranking of the departments of neuroscience and neurology — ranked No. 2 among public universities and No. 3 overall. In 2022, UF neurosciences ranked No. 3 among public universities and No. 5 overall.

Tech Tuesday – Felipe Ferrão

In this week’s Tech Tuesday for WCJB TV20, UF Innovate’s Loren Miranda speaks with Felipe Ferrão, associate research scientist the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences finding ways to make coffee a go-to crop for Florida farmers.

Decoding the Genes Behind Dolastatin 10 Paves the Way for New Cancer Therapeutics

Researchers at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy have identified the genes responsible for the creation of dolastatin 10, a marine natural product that has led to six FDA-approved cancer drugs since 2011. The research team used genomic library screening and genome sequencing to identify the genes responsible for producing the marine natural product.

Novel Compound Opens New Avenue in Immunotherapy Treatment for Cancers

Researchers at the UF Health Cancer Center have developed a first-of-it-kind compound that may reveal a new way to treat cancer using immunotherapy. Currently, immunotherapy is among the most groundbreaking cancer treatments, but only about 20% to 40% of patients respond to it. It works by first identifying a target protein that contributes to tumor development and then developing a compound that will target that protein specifically, slowing tumor growth and boosting the body's immune system to fight off the cancer.

Christine Schmidt elected to National Academy of Engineering

UF Distinguished Professor Christine Schmidt, Ph.D., has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Schmidt has been working in the field for over 25 years, helping to advance the fields of neural tissue engineering and helping diversify the field of bioengineering. Serving for 10 years as the department chair in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, Dr. Schmidt pushed the UF BME graduate program to the No. 12 ranked public graduate program in the nation while diversifying the program and producing cutting-edge research.

UF/IFAS Scientists Address Food Security in the Caribbean

Jehangir 'Jango' Bhadha, associate professor of soil, water, and ecosystem sciences at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), recently led a team of faculty during a three-day training program in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to address the challenges of excess and lack of nutrients used for agricultural production.

Oragenics, Inc. Preparing for Phase II Clinical Trials To Treat Concussion

UF Innovate | Accelerate Sid Martin graduate company Oragenics announced the approval of Phase II clinical trials for their novel drug-device aimed at treating mild Traumatic Brain Injury, or concussion. The drug is delivered to patients as a powder through the nose, and Phase I studies showed the drug to be safe and well-tolerated. In animal testing, the drug improved behavioral outcomes including memory and motor performance in subjects with brain injuries.

Tech Tuesday – Barry Byrne

In this week’s Tech Tuesday for WCJB TV20, UF Innovate’s Loren Miranda speaks with Dr. Barry Byrne, Associate Chair of Pediatrics and Director of the UF Powell Gene Therapy Center.

Creating the Molecules of Life with HiPerGator

The University of Florida's HiPerGator, the most powerful supercomputer in higher education, is transforming the world of molecular research. Jinze Xue, a Ph.D. student in the Roitberg Computational Chemistry Group, recently conducted a large-scale early Earth molecular dynamics experiment using HiPerGator. The experiment utilized over 1,000 A100 GPUs on 22 million atoms to discover how complex molecules can form from the basic building blocks of life and to make the process automatic through large-scale computer simulations.