• Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
    Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Potential Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease

    Researchers Test Early Alzheimer's Detection Method: Fox9
    U of M Researchers Find New Way to Detect Alzheimer's Using Eye Exam: KSTP
    Eye test for Alzheimer’s fares well in University of Minnesota study: Mineapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
  • Bob Vince

    Prof Vince Receives Antonin Holy Memorial Award from ISAR

    Prof Robert Vince has been awarded the Antonin Holy Memorial Award from the International Society for Antiviral Research (ISAR).

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    robert Vince

    Life Saver: Robert Vince

    Life Saver: Robert Vince

    Robert Vince, a Minnesota superhero, creates drugs to combat diseases like AIDS and cancer.

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  • Sid Das

    Upcoming Guest Speaker Seminar

    Sidhartha Das, PhD
    Department of Biological Sciences
    Director, Infectious Disease and Immunology Cluster
    The Border Biomedical Research Center
    University of Texas at El Paso

    November 16, 2016
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    2-520 Moos Tower

    Title: Encystation by Giardia: stories told by sphingolipids and lipid rafts

    Dr. Das' laboratory investigates the lipid metabolism and lipid signaling in parasitic protozoan, Giardia lamblia. He is also interested in identifying the role of arachidonic acid (present in high fat diet) in inducing inflammatory reactions in breast cancer. Currently, he is the director of Immunology and Infectious Disease Cluster of the Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC) at the University of Texas at El Paso, which is supported by a grant from the NIH.


Message from the Director

Robert Vince

Robert Vince, PhD

The Center for Drug Design (CDD) was created to combine research and scholarship leading to the development of novel drugs for therapeutic applications, such as HIV, cancer, neurological diseases, dermatological agents, infectious diseases, novel processes, and medical devices. The Center for Drug Design combines the best of academic tradition along with an expectation of innovation and independence, and provides significant value  for our academic and research community.

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Research Spotlight

Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease Using an Eye Examination

For the first time, changes associated with early stages of Alzheimer's Disease were detected in live mice through color-shifts in the light reflected by the retina. For human trials, a simple eye test will be conducted by a trained health professional and several images of the retina will be acquired by an FDA approved camera. The procedure involved is non-invasive and does not depend on any extraneous agents. For more information about volunteering and compensation etc, please Click Here

Meet the Team:
Prof Robert Vince (Director, Center for Drug Design)
Prof Swati More (Assistant Professor, Center for Drug Design)
James Beach, PhD (Research Associate, Center for Drug Design, and CytoViva, Inc., Alabama)

Detecting Alzheimer's with an Eye Exam: Video

Detecting Alzheimer's with an Eye Exam