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Medical Research

Researchers from NAU, Washington tackling an elusive Valley Fever vaccine – Northern Arizona University

Researchers from Northern Arizona University and the University of Washington School of Medicine in collaboration with the Washington National Primate Research Center received a $1.5 million grant, with the possibility of receiving $7.5 million over 5 years, from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, which will

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Searching for the needle in a haystack: Are agrochemicals linked to cancer? – NAU

Thousands of chemicals are released into the environment yearly for agricultural, industrial and health-related needs. Sorting through which may inadvertently lead to risks to human health is a complex task. A joint study between NAU and the University of Idaho investigated whether there were any correlations between specific types of pesticides and cancer incidence; while

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NAU scientists combine PMI, Ecoss expertise to explore the role of gut microbiota in Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 6.2 million Americans are living with this progressive neurologic disorder, and it is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. Although some treatments can improve quality of life for those with AD, there is no cure. Scientists


What a salamander virus can tell us about the future of biodiversity amid a changing climate

A new project from two NAU scientists aims to predict the future—specifically, the future of different amphibian species in the face of an unpredictable environment. Principal investigator Joseph Mihaljevic, an assistant professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems who studies the ecology of infectious diseases, and co-PI Jason Ladner, assistant professor in the Pathogen


Searching for a cure

Holly Hansen wants to save lives. How, you ask? The student researcher at The Pathogen and Microbiome Institute (PMI) is working to create more safe and effective drugs for chronic illnesses. Hansen was raised in Phoenix, where she spent her childhood doing dance and ballet. At various points, she aspired to become an interior designer, architect, fashion designer