Sept. 19, 2019With September being Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, Northern Arizona University has been buzzing with conversations about mental health and wellness. The … Read more about Mental health on the mind: NAU kicks off Mental Health Symposium Series
Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics
The work is a labor of laboratory technicians poring over the genetic details of a bacterium, with researchers searching globally for links and associations that might help explain—and perhaps someday prevent—an illness in Flagstaff.
From the dark, hidden world of Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, to the wider world of daily life, Northern Arizona University researchers are beginning to discern pathways tracing from organism to outbreak. A $200,000 grant award from the prestigious Flinn Foundation has opened the newest… Read more
Valley Fever, a potentially deadly dust-borne fungal disease, should be easier to diagnose and treat thanks to a testing technology developed by Northern Arizona University and the Translational Genomics Research Institute, and now protected by a patent issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
NAU and TGen have exclusively licensed this technology to DxNA LLC, a company based in St. George, Utah, which plans to make this Valley Fever Test commercially available to hospitals and clinics upon completion of… Read more
Tammy Crawford, executive director of Focus On Lyme, spoke last week at a Capitol Hill science and policy forum in an effort to secure funding for a definitive test for Lyme disease.
Focus On Lyme is supporting work by the Translational Genomics Research Institute, a Phoenix-based non-profit biomedical research institute, to create an accurate genetic test for this disease, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates affects nearly 300,000 Americans each year.
“No other infectious disease affects so… Read more
Using the latest in genomic analysis technologies, scientists at the Translational Genomics Research Institute with ties to Northern Arizona University have tracked the likely origins and dispersal of the fungus that causes Valley Fever, according to a study published today in the journal mBio.
In a story that spans 2 million years and includes the effects of glaciation and the pre-historic movements of animal hosts, the study sets the stage for tracking future outbreaks of this potentially deadly dust-bound… Read more
By following a DNA trail through the secretive world of heroin use, researchers may have shown the way for public health officials to solve infectious disease problems affecting the wider population.
Led by Paul Keim, Regents’ Professor and Cowden Endowed Chair of Microbiology at Northern Arizona University, a collaborative team of international scientists shone new light on an old question about injectional anthrax by demonstrating the latest advances in whole genome sequencing. Researchers from Germany, England and the United States… Read more
Research motivated to blunt the sinister potential of a deadly infectious disease may hold the promise of life-saving treatments at the edge of a transformation in medical care.
With $7 million in funding from the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a research team led by Paul Keim, Regents’ professor at Northern Arizona University, will employ expertise that ranges from genetic sequencing to high-performance computing in the quest to treat, and perhaps even prevent, melioidosis.
“One of the clues to our condition… Read more