Brown Hosts Regional Bioengineering Conference

Brown University for the first time hosts the 34th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference on April 4-6, 2008. The gathering includes talks on the latest advances in bioengineering research and nanotechnology, such as the “printing” of human organs from ink jets and a new, injectable method for relieving lower back pain.

Background: Brown University Division of Biology and Medicine

Created in 1965, Brown University’s Division of Biology and Medicine is the center of Rhode Island’s biomedical research and education enterprise and has experienced rapid growth in recent years. The Division includes The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; five biological science departments; and the Program in Public Health.

<p>Wing named dean of medicine and biological sciences</p>

<p>Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons has announced the appointment of Edward J. Wing, M.D., as dean of medicine and biological sciences at Brown University. Wing begins his new position July 1, 2008. (See additional background on the Division of Biology and Medicine.)</p>

New Research Provides Genetic Clue to Parkinson’s Disease

Researchers at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and at Rhode Island Hospital have discovered a gene that appears to be directly linked to the development of Parkinson’s disease in people with a family history of the disease. The gene is one of only a handful linked to Parkinson’s and one of just two genes known to be a common contributor to this degenerative disease, which has no known cause or cure.
David Winton Bell Gallery

Beirut Bombings, 9/11 Inspire Artist Walid Raad

Lebanese artist Walid Raad juxtaposes video and still images, truth and fiction in his solo show at Brown University’s Bell Gallery. Raad, who focuses on the history of Beirut bombings and the post-9/11 political landscape, will give a presentation at the show’s opening on April 9, 2008.
Brain Science Program

Pain Receptor in Brain May Be Linked to Learning and Memory

For the first time, a Brown University research team has linked pain receptors found throughout the nervous system to learning and memory in the brain. The findings, published in Neuron, point up new drug targets for memory loss or epileptic seizures.

<p>Modern Physics Is Critical to Global Warming Research</p>

<p>In a March 11, 2008, presentation at the American Physical Society meeting in New Orleans, Brown University physicist Brad Marston makes the case that statistical physics can provide a better understanding of global weather patterns – information critical for more accurately predicting climate change.</p>
Broken Pipeline?

Report: Stagnant NIH Budgets May Derail Promising Researchers

Brown University and six other academic research institutions today released a report that concludes that five years of flat funding for the National Institutes of Health puts a generation of science at risk. The report, released at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., also warns about the consequences of continued lack of action on the nation’s biomedical budget.
Joukowsky Institute

<p>Houston Receives NEH Grant for Guatemala Dig</p>

<p>Brown University archaeologist Stephen Houston has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to explore the virtually untouched ruins of El Zotz, an ancient Maya kingdom in Guatemala.</p>
Evolutionary Biology

<p>Brown-Led Study Rearranges Some Branches on Animal Tree of Life</p>

<p>An international research project led by Brown University evolutionary biologist Casey Dunn traces new roots and shoots in the animal tree of life. The study uses new genomics tools to answer old questions about animal evolution – and offers up a few surprises among the branches. Results are published in Nature.</p>
Global Entrepreneurship

<p>Brown University and the University of Cape Town Partner To Promote Business Capacity in Africa</p>

<p>Brown and the University of Cape Town have entered into a five-year partnership that will improve and deliver business education to entrepreneurs in Africa, particularly to women. The partnership is part of a larger international initiative led by Goldman Sachs to increase the number of underserved women receiving a business and management education.</p>

Brown Study: Schistosomiasis More Debilitating Than Estimated

The health effects of one strain of schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease common in developing countries, are seven to 46 times greater than previously estimated, according to new Brown University research. The study findings, which appear in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, may have major implications for global health policy.
Watson Institute for International Studies

<p>High School Students Take Concerns to State Capitols</p>

<p>High school students in seven states will bring their opinions on global issues from the classroom to the State House. These visits to elected officials and civic leaders are part of the 10th annual Capitol Forum on America’s Future, an initiative of the Choices Program at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.</p>
Center for Computational Molecular Biology

Brown Mathematicians Prove New Way To Build a Better Estimate

Brown University applied mathematicians have found a new way to sift through mountains of data and draw reliable inferences from it – a Holy Grail in science and technology. Their pioneering work, the development of a new class of statistical estimators, could lead to better methods for analyzing the large data sets that are increasingly common in fields from biology to business. Results are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.