University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wisconsin-Madison
As the UW2020: WARF Discovery initiative sunsets this year, a new research initiative is building on its success. Six rounds of UW2020 have funded 95 projects since the first set of awards was announced in 2016.
A gene that cured a man of HIV a decade ago has been successfully added to developing monkey embryos in an effort to study more potential treatments for the disease. Timothy Brown, known for years as "the Berlin Patient," received a transplant of bone marrow stem cells in 2007 to treat leukemia.
Researchers have discovered a previously unknown way that pancreatic cells decide how much insulin to secrete. It could provide a promising new target to develop drugs for boosting insulin production in people with Type 2 diabetes.
Several years and tens of thousands of words into writing their doctoral dissertation, you'd think few graduate students would sign on to write even more. And yet over the last decade, dozens of University of Wisconsin-Madison students have done exactly that.
A new normal is taking shape as a warming planet is changing hurricane behaviors and patterns. Research over the last decade has shown alarming trends resulting in more destructive hurricanes. Global trends suggest hurricanes are getting stronger, moving more slowly over land, and deviating farther north and south of the equator.
The threat to cell towers will only grow as climate change makes many areas more fire prone, and as more Americans make their homes near the cusp of both wilderness and civilization. About one in four people in the United States lives in an area served by cellular phone towers at risk of an outage caused by wildfires, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Bacteriology researcher Tanya Falbel prepares a COVID-19 sample near Engineering Hall as Katie Reisdorf looks on to make sure the swab was prepared correctly. Photo: Mary Checovich Once a week, perhaps on his lunch break or during an afternoon stroll, Jon Temte stops by a pop-up kiosk on campus, swabs both his nostrils, and drops off his weekly COVID-19 test for analysis as part of a coronavirus surveillance program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In late 2019, the SARS-CoV-2 virus emerged in China and quickly spread across the world, leading to the COVID-19 pandemic. In early 2020, that virus mutated, likely in Europe, and that mutation is now the dominant form of the virus across the globe.
A family tree of more than 200 variations in the virus that causes COVID-19 helps explain why two Wisconsin counties - just 75 miles apart, but far from the origins of the virus - had such different early experiences with the pandemic, and shows how well public health orders initially slowed the rate of infection.
A team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is part of a new multi-institution effort to better understand Alzheimer's disease in adults with Down syndrome. Adults with Down syndrome are at high risk for developing Alzheimer's disease beginning in their late 40s, because of their unique biology.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 10/28/2020 WARF also announced that Innovation Day will be held via webinar on November 18. The signature fall event will showcase quick pitches, special guests and high-potential technologies ranging from sports medicine to virtual reality.
As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in regions across the United States in the spring, governors, mayors and local leaders hoping to quell the spread of the virus turned to the only actionable defenses available at the time: They closed schools and businesses, banned mass gatherings, issued stay-at-home orders and enforced other social distancing measures.