Public Health

Researchers from the University of Minnesota Center for Drug Design are getting closer to finding a solution to the problem of White Nose Syndrome affecting bat populations throughout the country. 

Prof Christine Salomon's lecture 'Tales from the underground: Searching for biocontrol treatments for white nose syndrome in bats' drew a big crowd at University of North Carolina.

Center for Drug Design (College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota) has signed an agreement to collaborate with medical imaging startup RetiSpec to commercialize the technology for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.

Prof. Christine Salomon worked with staff from the Bell Museum at the University of Minnesota to help conceptualize an interactive exhibit in the Solutions Studio. One of the goals was to engage the public with the creativity and engineering needed to do scientific field research. 

Robert Vince PhD, inventor of the AIDS drug Ziagen and one of the University of Minnesota's most prolific researchers, was honored at the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) 2018 Annual Conference as an NAI Fellow

A retinal scan technique, developed by researchers in the University’s Center for Drug Design (CDD), has the potential to detect AD in its early stages, when treatment may still be possible, and also to allow doctors to trace the progress of treatments and help the 100,000 Minnesotans with AD and their families.

New technology — created by Profs Robert Vince and Swati More from the Center for Drug Design — uses a camera to collect images of light interacting with the retina, which can show the early presence of Alzheimer’s Disease. Read full article on Minnesota Daily

The Twin Cities Business Magazine discusses the cyanide antidote invented by Profs. Vince, Patterson, and Nagasawa. The USPTO has issued a new patent to the U of M Regents on September 12, 2017. 

The fungal disease called white-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats since it was first discovered in North America 10 years ago, but University of Minnesota scientist Christine Salomon hopes to find a treatment deep in the cold damp shafts of the Soudan Mine.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources first discovered White Nose Syndrome in Minnesota last year, and the disease continues to spread west. Professor Christine Salomon is a part of the team helping raise awareness about the state of bats in Minnesota. “One of the most important things we can do is protect habitat and build a new habitat for bats,” Salomon said. Watch the video