Bertozzi's lab finds glycans bind to some RNA molecules | NIH issues $28M grant to coordinate big data on rare diseases | Predatory medical journals pose hazard to patients, researcher says
October 11, 2019
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Bertozzi's lab finds glycans bind to some RNA molecules
Carolyn Bertozzi and her colleagues discovered that N-linked glycans stick to some noncoding RNA molecules, including small Y RNAs, in human, mouse and hamster cells. The connection is difficult to break and might be formed by covalent bonds, Bertozzi says, and she and postdoctoral researcher Ryan Flynn are working to identify the intermediary.
The Scientist online (10/7) 
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Women Movers and Shakers
NIH issues $28M grant to coordinate big data on rare diseases
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center will coordinate and manage data for the 20 research consortia in the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network under a five-year, $28 million grant. The center will collect, organize, analyze and share data and "provide access to a wide range of more-standardized clinical, molecular and genomic data along with clinical images and other forms of data, all of which can be used to conduct more robust studies," says co-leader Eileen King, a professor of biostatistics and epidemiology.
Health Data Management (free registration) (10/6) 
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Predatory medical journals pose hazard to patients, researcher says
Groundless and substandard studies published in predatory journals can be difficult to discern from valid research published in reputable journals, and as the public increasingly relies on health information found online, they are at risk of acting on bogus research, says Kelly Cobey, who studies predatory medical journals. "When you're looking at health information online, be aware of the fact that you need to consider the quality and the source," Cobey said.
Toronto Sun (10/9) 
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3D printing method could enable regeneration of joint cartilage
Bioengineering assistant professor Lesley Chow and researchers in her lab at Lehigh University used 3D printing to make biodegradable scaffolds with spatially organized cues to regenerate two different tissue types, such as cartilage and bone. Chow's team used a solvent-cast 3D printer and inks made of biodegradable and peptide-modified polymers that guide cell behavior.
3D Printing Industry (UK) (10/4) 
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Utah cancer study awarded $1.5M grant
A University of Utah biomedical engineer has been awarded a $1.5 million New Innovator Award from the NIH to study ways to stop cancer from spreading. Tara Deans' research focuses on developing blood platelets that have been specifically engineered to search for and destroy cancer cells.
KUTV-TV (Salt Lake City) (10/7) 
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Women's Health
Women should focus on healthy lifestyle prior to pregnancy
Women who are planning on starting a family should begin focusing on their health and nutrition before conception, experts say. Keeping up with regular preventive measures like vaccinations, cutting down on caffeine, exercising and taking prenatal vitamins are all ways women can begin preparing their bodies for pregnancy.
Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) (10/7) 
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Viewpoints and Data Points
Too few women applying for NIH high-risk/high-reward grants
The NIH awarded 101 scientists grants for high-risk/high-reward research, and women won three of the four types of award in numbers that met or exceeded the proportion of applications from women, but the overall number of female applicants underrepresented the percentage of PhDs in biological sciences that have gone to women annually since 2008. The NIH needs to focus on encouraging more female applicants for the awards, says James Anderson, director of the NIH's Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives.
Science (tiered subscription model) (10/9) 
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Diverse founding teams raise more VC than male- or female-only teams
Startups with at least one female founder raise more venture capital than startups with male-only or female-only founding teams, according to a Crunchbase analysis of more than 90,000 venture-backed firms in the US. Nonetheless, 98% of venture capitalist money went to men in 2017, and 89% of partners at venture firms are male, according to the National Venture Capital Association.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (10/7),  MarketWatch (10/7) 
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WPI index highlights philanthropic inequality for women, girls
The Women's Philanthropy Institute has introduced the Women and Girls Index, a public tool that shows only 3.3% of nonprofits are focused on issues pertaining to women and girls. The 45,000 organizations that are focused on the issue received $6.3 billion from 2012 to 2015, accounting for 1.6% of all charitable contributions.
Fast Company online (10/7) 
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Tomorrow's Leaders
NSF issues $2.4M grant to Fla. consortium for minority women in STEM
Five universities in the Florida Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate will use a $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support minority women in doctoral, post-doctoral, and early-career STEM fields. The alliance will conduct research camps in north, central and south Florida and raise awareness among faculty and students.
WUSF-FM (Tampa, Fla.) (10/9) 
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Women In Bio News
WIB Founders Professional Scholarship now accepting applications
WIB is accepting applications for this year's Women In Bio Founders Scholarship, which was established to advance the educational development of women in the life sciences industry by encouraging and supporting education on the business aspects of life science. We are pleased to announce that WIB is offering three $1,000 professional scholarships this year. Candidates must be women who are WIB chapter members and working within the life sciences. Scholarship money can be applied toward workshops, conferences, courses, seminars and other similar educational programs. Download the application. The application deadline is Nov. 1. Send completed applications to scholarship@womeninbio.org.
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Young Women In Bio: Hot Off the Press - Fall 2019 Newsletter
Fall is in the air, and Young Women In Bio (YWIB) is excited to kick off the 2019-2020 school year with a focus on the exciting innovation happening in STEM right now and introducing young minds to the creativity, research, entrepreneurship and collaborations that we see occurring across different fields in STEM. Just look at the latest news, and there is innovation and creativity happening around us everywhere. We are excited to offer STEM-focused events, programs, and activities to young girls from elementary school to high school to provide them with rich experiences and firsthand learning opportunities that we hope will inspire young girls to one day find their own innovative and creative paths in STEM. Catch up on everything YWIB accomplished during the 2018-2019 school year!
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