June 22nd, 2021 While much has been written about the various COVID-19 vaccines (prevention), including here are Speaking of Research, less emphasis has been placed on the treatment of COVID-19 patients—both earlier on in the pandemic and even at present. Part of this relates to some inherent skepticism of the value of using existing treatments … Continue reading Safety of COVID-19 antibody treatment tested #InMice #InMonkeys
June 4th 2021 June is Pride Month! 🏳️🌈 And this year, Pride Month follows a particularly tumultuous legislative period in the U.S with respect to LGBTQIA health. Recently, news about states introducing or passing legislation to restrict or ban the use of medical treatments aimed at treating transgender youth has been fast and furious. Lawmakers … Continue reading Puberty blockers are all over the news (and laws). How did they come about?
May 27, 2021 On Tuesday, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci testified before the House Appropriations Committee (Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, Chair). Their testimony addressed questions on the fiscal year 2022 budget request for the NIH. This process occurs each year. (Watch the full hearing here). If we’re going to … Continue reading NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins Speaks Truth to Power
May 20th 2021Agnès Lacreuse, PhD Our world is aging at an unprecedented rate. The number of older people is projected to double every 20 years, and reach about 17% of the total population by 2050. These figures are alarming, as age is the primary risk factor for developing devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). … Continue reading Why nonhuman primates are essential for addressing Alzheimer’s disease and women’s health issues
Ants aren't gendered, but the people they are named after may, or may not, be. The ant species named Strumigenys ayersthey. Image credit: D.B. Booher & P.O. Hoenle, 2021.
February 11th 2021 Drug delivery with bioadhesive nanoparticles shows exceptional promise. One in five people in the U.S. will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, with the most common type of malignant skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma or SCC, killing 10,000 people each year1,2. Cases of skin cancer are steadily rising, and in fact, skin … Continue reading Research with mice paves the way for injectable skin cancer treatment
Yesterday, NIH and Moderna announced the start of a multi-site, Phase 3 clinical trial of a candidate vaccine for COVID-19. This candidate vaccine uses messenger RNA, or mRNA, a “codebook” that cellular machinery “reads” in order to build proteins. For this candidate vaccine, the mRNA contains instructions for building spike proteins found on the coronavirus, … Continue reading Animal models paved the way for Phase III testing of the COVID-19 vaccine
March 5th 2020 Once again, videos of monkeys in scientific research are generating headlines, reflecting the views of groups opposed to the use of animals in research. This time, videos from research aimed at identifying brain circuits involved in mental health studies conducted at the US National Institutes of Health are being misrepresented. Unfortunately, but … Continue reading Scientists to NIH leadership: Defend mental health research that is under attack