Category Archives: Health

Nobel Prize-winning research

Jeffrey Price, Ph.D., associate professor at the UMKC School of Biological Sciences, is an author of two of the seven key publications on circadian rhythms that led up to this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine. Research in this field contributes to better understanding of the human biological clock, translating into potential therapies to help people … Continue reading Nobel Prize-winning research

Small connections, big implications

In most research, there’s no such thing as “minor details” or “the small stuff.” This is especially true for Xiaolan Yao, Ph.D. Her research team makes and uses three-dimensional models of proteins, and for those models to be accurate, every atom counts. She and her team — currently two graduate students and two undergraduates — … Continue reading Small connections, big implications

A test of strength

With more than 25 years dedicated to the study of the molecular genetics of osteoporosis, the work of Mark Johnson, Ph.D., is the foundation for medications — both on the market and in clinical trials — developed to help patients suffering from bone loss. As professor and chair of the department of Oral and Craniofacial … Continue reading A test of strength

Smarter decisions

Should you choose apples or fries? If you’re past the age of 25, you’re probably familiar with the three Cs: calories, cholesterol and carbohydrates and what effects they have on the body. So you’re more likely to pick apples. But if you’re younger than 25, your dorsolateral prefrontal cortex — also known as your brain’s … Continue reading Smarter decisions

Unlocking the genetics of disease

In the world of genetics and molecular research, scientists are exploring a phenomenon of gene functions they call the double-edged sword. On the one hand, a particular gene is shown to have a destructive effect, leading to disease in the human body. On the other, that same gene protects the body from other illnesses. For … Continue reading Unlocking the genetics of disease