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Bradley Receives Research ND Bio Grant to Study Treatment of Pork Virus

UND Research News - Fri, 2015-05-29 09:27

David Bradley, PhD, an immunologist and executive director of the Center of Research Excellence for Avian Therapeutics for Infectious Diseases at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, received a peer-reviewed Research ND Bio grant of $396,622 from the North Dakota Department of Commerce to pursue research on an avian-derived therapy for a porcine virus that could help pork farmers effectively combat outbreaks of the disease.  ZymeFast Inc. is matching the Research ND Bio grant with $403,400 that will also be dedicated to this research.

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus or PEDv was first identified in the United States in April of 2013. PEDv is not a food safety concern. It only affects pigs and does not pose a risk to people or pets. The disease was first identified in England in 1971 and then spread to Asia. PEDv causes significant illness in swine, affecting their health and growth, and a high mortality of suckling piglets — as high as 100 percent. The disease can be transferred via farm equipment and on the boots and clothing of farm workers.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly report of May 21, 2015, PEDv has been confirmed in 28 states, including Minnesota and South Dakota. Montana has two presumed but not confirmed cases. North Dakota has had one confirmed case.

“PED virus is deadly when infecting newborn pigs causing dramatic economic burden in the pork industry where outbreaks happen,” Bradley said. “ZymeFast has an extensive history of developing avian-derived therapies for animal health issues, including an oral chick-derived therapy for PED virus currently in use in China. This grant will allow us to join my research team’s expertise in avian therapeutics with that of ZymeFast to develop a treatment in the U.S. market for PED virus.”

Bradley’s project is titled “Research and Development of Immunotherapeutic and Vaccine Candidates for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus.”

Research ND Bio grants are a part of the Research ND Program whose goal is to spur partnerships between North Dakota’s research universities — North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota — and private partners. Research ND Bio grants are focused on research to develop and commercialize vaccines and antibodies to prevent, treat, or cure cancer, virally infectious disease, or other pathogens, including bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi, and parasites.

In 2014, Bradley received a Research ND Bio grant of $2 million to assist in the research, development, and commercialization of a novel avian-derived therapeutic for parvovirus infection in puppies and dogs.

 

~ Denis F. MacLeod, Assistant Director, Office of Alumni and Community Relations, School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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Derek Sporbert

UND Research News - Thu, 2015-05-28 16:24

TRIO Programs - "Upward Bound 12-17" - Year four of five-year award - $394,416

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David Delene

UND Research News - Thu, 2015-05-28 16:01

Atmospheric Sciences - "UTC Fall 2015 Flight Testing" - $105,007

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North Dakota Operation Intern Program

UND Research News - Thu, 2015-05-28 11:29

The North Dakota Operation Intern Program has opened its guidance to include healthcare opportunities as there is a high demand for careers in this industry. Operation Intern is based on a 50/50 match for paid internships. Each internship/student is allowed $3,000 per term (semester) with a maximum of $6,000. Interns must be:

  • a high school junior or senior; or
  • enrolled in a North Dakota college or university taking at least 6 credits during the internships or the semester prior to the internship; or
  • enrolled in a registered apprenticeship program.

Operation Intern obligates funds on a first come, first served basis. For questions contact Jennifer Dahl,

The North Dakota Operation Intern Program has opened its guidance to include healthcare opportunities as there is a high demand for careers in this industry. Operation Intern is based on a 50/50 match for paid internships. Each internship/student is allowed $3,000 per term (semester) with a maximum of $6,000. Interns must be:

  • a high school junior or senior; or
  • enrolled in a North Dakota college or university taking at least 6 credits during the internships or the semester prior to the internship; or
  • enrolled in a registered apprenticeship program.

Operation Intern obligates funds on a first come, first served basis. For questions contact Jennifer Dahl, Youth Office/Operation Intern Coordinator at (701) 328-7268. at (701) 328-7268.

For more information, please visit the Operation Intern website here.

~ Jennifer Dahl, Youth Office/Operation Intern Coordinator, Operation Intern

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Center for Rural Health Partners with the National Institute of Mental Health

UND Research News - Thu, 2015-05-28 11:16

The Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences has been selected as the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Outreach Partner for 2015 for the state of North Dakota. The CRH joins a nationwide network of 55 mental health organizations committed to disseminating science-based information from NIMH about the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders, and educating the public about the importance of research and the opportunities to participate in studies.

For over a decade, NIMH has supported organizations from every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico through the Outreach Partnership Program to increase the public’s awareness about the importance of mental health to overall health as well as the recognition that mental disorders are brain-based disorders, and that research is the way forward to understanding how best to treat, prevent, and ultimately cure mental illness.

The Center for Rural Health has been the designated Outreach Partner for the NIMH since 2010. Through this renewed partnership, the CRH will provide publications on various mental health topics to the general public and to organizations that request them, such as public health units, research groups, and clinics. For more information on North Dakota’s partnership, contact Nikki Massmann at the Center for Rural Health, 701-777-4205 or or nicole.massmann@med.UND.edu.

The National Institute of Mental Health is one of 27 components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Federal government's principal biomedical and behavioral research agency. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

~ CRH Update, 05-26-2015

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Civilian Ambassadors Forge Links between Grand Forks AFB, Community

UND Research News - Wed, 2015-05-27 15:54

Association of Defense Communities 

Defense Communities 360

May 26, 2015

A group of civilian ambassadors appointed by the wing commander of Grand Forks Air Force Base has been staying busy, keeping the Grand Forks community in eastern North Dakota up to date about activities at the installation, organizing military appreciation day events and traveling to Washington to meet with Pentagon officials.

“Having a close relationship between the community and the base is very important. We always want the community to know what we’re doing out here, so we’re not a mystery,” said Wing Commander Col. Paul Bauman, who has been at the installation for about two years.

The ambassadors are briefed on Air Force and air base activities during at least one event annually, and are invited to attend events planned for visiting high-ranking military leaders and other important visitors, reported the Grand Forks Herald. There currently are eight base ambassadors.

The base ambassador program is an outgrowth of the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee, and the ambassadors typically work with the committee on military appreciation day events. But Bauman drew a distinction with the community support groups that are active in most defense communities.

“It’s unique,” he said. “One of the things that’s been interesting is feeling the closeness of the community to the base.”

The tight connection between the installation and the community likely stems from the series of crises the two have been forced to cope with, including earlier BRAC rounds when the base was targeted for closure and the devastating flooding of the Red River in 1997.

“A lot of that has forged close ties between the base and the community,” Bauman said. “Not every community has gone through that degree of trauma, so that adds to the uniqueness.”

Association of Defense Communities

Tom Ford, Grand Forks Region BRIC/EUL Coordinator 

 

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