Sixteen million family members in the US are caregivers for the more than 6 million people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD). For many caregivers in rural areas such as northern Arizona, health disparities prevent them from accessing the healthcare and support services they need. COVID-19-related isolation is adding… Read more
Scientists at two Northern Arizona University research centers—the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute (PMI) and the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER)—recently received grants totaling $175,000 from the Flinn Foundation in support of projects directed at responding to the COVID-19 threat.
Researchers in PMI are internationally recognized for their expertise in the genomic… Read more
Whether they explore how fungi help native grasses become established in salty soil, study how mice communicate across the high desert or monitor the health of toads in forest wetlands, students in Northern Arizona University’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program “Ecology, Genetics, and Adaptation on the Colorado Plateau” learn what it’s like to be a scientist.
Liza… Read more
C. Todd French, assistant professor of biology and leader of Northern Arizona University’s new COVID-19 Testing Service Center (CTSC), is working with scientists at Vault Pharma, an emerging biotechnology company, to test candidate vaccines against the novel coronavirus. Through a multi-institutional public-private partnership linking the company with UCLA, NAU and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, French is part of a collaborative team advancing a vaccine that has… Read more
One of the most challenging aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the lack of testing needed to detect and trace infections—and without adequate testing, government officials do not have the data they need to make the best possible decisions in the interest of public health.
In addition to being in short supply, most tests… Read more