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Dr. Balaraman Kalyanaraman co-chairing international symposium in Croatia

April 25 - Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD, Harry R. & Angeline E. Quadracci Professor in Parkinson’s Research and chairman of biophysics, is co-chairing a scientific symposium in Split, Croatia, in September.

100th student to complete Biophysics graduate program

April 3 - On Tuesday, March 28, Nathan Skinner, PhD, successfully defended his dissertation, titled Assessment of Spinal Cord Injury in a Rat Model using an Orthogonal Filter-Probe Diffusion Encoding Scheme, and became the 100th student to complete the Biophysics graduate program.

Investigators receive $3.16M grant to study the potential of Mito-Honokiol to prevent lung cancer

March 16 - Ming You, MD, PhD, director of the MCW Cancer Center and the Joseph F. Heil Jr. Professor of Oncogenesis, and Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD, chair and professor of Biophysics and the Harry R. & Angeline E. Quadracci Professor in Parkinson’s Research, have received a $3.16M multi-investigator R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute to evaluate the potential of Mito-Honokiol to prevent lung cancer and its metastasis.

Women’s History Month 2017 – interview with Dr. Jeannette Vasquez Vivar

March 15 - In honor of Women’s History Month, which runs throughout March, the Medical College of Wisconsin is celebrating women faculty, staff and students through various stories and vignettes. This week, we offer a video of Jeannette Vasquez Vivar, PhD, professor of biophysics, who discusses her experiences as a female faculty member, and what she wants her legacy to be.

Biophysics researchers identify new protective mechanism in Parkinson’s mouse model

March 8 - Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD, MCW chairman and professor of biophysics and Harry R. & Angeline E. Quadracci Professor in Parkinson’s Research, and Jacek Zielonka, PhD, research director for the Free Radical Research Center, co-authored a paper in the journal "Antioxidants and Redox Signaling." The paper (PDF) describes the neuroprotective role of a novel and relatively non-toxic mitochondria-targeted compound (known as mito-apocynin or Mito-Apo) in a genetic mouse model of Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Dr. Kalyanaraman serves on Brazilian grant advisor board

Feb. 20 - Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD, chair and professor of biophysics and Harry R. and Angeline E. Quadracci Professor in Parkinson’s Research, participates on the advisory board for the Research Center of Redox Processes in Biomedicine (CEPID Redoxoma), and recently attended its 3rd annual meeting in São Paulo, Brazil to discuss the progress of the project.

Dr. Kalyanaraman teaches cancer course at Anna University in Chennai, India

Dec. 20 - Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD, Harry R. & Angeline E. Quadracci Professor in Parkinson’s Research, chairman and professor of biophysics and founder of the MCW Free Radical Research Center, was recently invited to teach a course on “Targeting Cancer Metabolism” to students at Anna University in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

MCW team participates in International Workshop on EPR in Biology and Medicine

Oct. 17 - MCW researchers participated in the 10th International Workshop on EPR in Biology and Medicine, held Oct. 2-6. Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD, chair and professor of biophysics and Harry R. and Angeline E. Quadracci Professor in Parkinson’s Research, co-chaired the event.

Biophysics researchers discuss oxidants and redox signaling in cells

Sept. 19 - Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD, chair and professor of biophysics and the Harry R. & Angeline E. Quadracci Professor in Parkinson’s Research, and his research team had their review article, Recent developments in detection of superoxide radical anion and hydrogen peroxide: Opportunities, challenges, and implications in redox signaling, published in Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics’s special issue on redox signaling.

MCW researchers report potential mitochondrial drug therapy for pancreatic cancer

May 26 - Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD, chairman and professor of biophysics and Harry R. & Angeline E. Quadracci Professor in Parkinson’s Research; Michael B. Dwinell, PhD, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics; and their international research team published an article in Cancer Research that describes a new redox-sensitive, mitochondrial-energy-sensor-mediated pathway of regression of pancreatic cancer cell growth.

Medical College of Wisconsin receives $5.5 million grant to study Alzheimer’s disease

May 2 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), has received a four-year, $5.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute on Aging to study Alzheimer’s disease. The study, called the Alzheimer’s Disease Connectome Project, will use the Human Connectome Project approach, which is aimed at constructing a map of the neural connections within and across individuals, to perform brain imaging on 300 elderly individuals.

Women’s History Month 2016 – Interview with Dr. Candice Klug

Mar. 9 - In today’s video, Candice Klug, PhD, professor of biophysics and director of the National Biomedical Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Center, discusses her initial interest in coming to MCW, her research and the potential of her research.

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