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2003-2004 President's Faculty Grant Winners

A New Model for the Study of the Vertebrate Cerebellum: The Yellow Stingray, Urobatis Jamaicensis

The function of the cerebellum in vertebrates, including humans, is poorly understood; in part, because of the conflicting data obtained from the common vertebrate models, mice and rats. Fishes, in...

An Examination of the Home Range of Selected Small Cetaccans in the Southern Tanaon Strait, Central Philippines

Over the past decade the status of knowledge of marine mammals in the Philippine archipelago has increased dramatically, expanding from an initial list of 12 known species to a current list of 25...

Catalytic Ruthenium Tetroxide Oxidations of Iodoalkanes, Ethers and Polychlorinated Biphenyls

In the course of research supported by the previous President's Faculty Scholarship Award (2001/2002), my students and I developed an environmentally friendly process for a catalytic ruthenium...

Classification of Different Masticatory Activities by EMG Signal Levels in Patient with Different Types of Malocclusion

Differentiation between functional and parafunctional mandibular activities has always been a challenging task; and objective measurement of these activities is of critical importance in the design...

Computer Simulation of Normal and Abnormal Binocular Vision

Abnormal binocular vision occurs in a broad range of disorders including strabismus, amblyopia, heterophorias, large fixation disparities, and anomalous refractive conditions. The examination and...

Effect of Laser Radiation (Er,Cr:YSGG and GaAs) on Cariogenic Bacteria and Gingival Cells Through Photosensitization: A First Step Towards the Development of an Innovative Technique to Prevent Dental Caries

Background: The College of Dental Medicine has acquired two types of laser devices to perform a variety of clinical procedures. These lasers will be used in this study to take the first step...

Exploring Bioinformatics at Nova Southeastern University

Bioinformatics is an emerging scientific discipline that combines biochemistry and biotechnology with computer and information sciences in an attempt to extract higher-level understanding of...

Identifying Global Conservation and Research Priorities in Coral Reefs Using Amphipod Crustaceans: An Expedition to the Celebes and Banda Sea region of Sulawesi, Indonesia

While evidence for large-scale global change in coral reef communities mounts, scientists and managers continue to view reef biodiversity through a traditional, narrow lens of coral, fish, and...

Investigation into the Use of Noninvasive Neurometric Monitoring as Means of Evaluating the Optimal Use of Low Intensity Laser Therapy for Head and Neck Pain of the Trigemina Neuralgia Type

Trigeminal Neuralgia, is a very severe form of Head and Neck Pain which is conventionally managed by anti-convulsant drugs or neurosurgical procedures. However, many elderly sufferers experience...

Mechanisms of Vascular Impairment Induced by Withdrawal of Statins

Statins, are the most effective and widely used lipid-lowering drugs. Statins are effective in primary and secondary prevention of cardiac events in patients with ischemic heart disease. Long-term...

Osteoporosis in Men Ages 40-65 Taking Anticonvulsant Medication

Osteoporosis is rapidly becoming a public health concern. As the population ages, more individuals both men and women are being diagnosed with osteoporosis. Fractures cost the health care system...

PDA-Assisted Self-Monitoring in the Interdisciplinary Treatment of Obesity

Over the past 50 years, obesity has become a significant problem for an increasing number of Americans. The costs range from emotional distress to a wide range of health consequences, including...

Reduction of Clonidine Transdermal Formulation Dissolution Profiles: Accelerated Drug Release Kinetics Theory

The market of transdermal drug delivery systems is significantly and steadily growing in USA and European markets. Extended release formulations such as transdermal and implant drug delivery...

Synthesis and Biochemical Testing of Novel Protease Inhibitors as Anticoagulants

The present proposal outlines the synthesis and biochemical testing of 10 novel inhibitors of serine proteases of Trypsin-like specificity. Lead compounds synthesized under the previous tenure of...

The Battered Woman Syndrome Questionnaire Validation Study

The aim of this study is to empirically validate an assessment process, the Battered Woman Syndrome Questionnaire (BWSQ) and demonstrate its ability to collect reliable and valid data...

The Development of a Dental Biocompatibility Screening Protocol as an Alternative to Animal Experimentation

The continual development of new products, and restorative procedures is necessary to benefit dental patients. New materials must always be evaluated for the hazards they can present to human...

Tissue Fibrosis as a Factor Influencing Blood Flow and Oxygenation in Woman with Postmastectomy Lymphedema

Lymphedema and arm swelling following surgical and/or radiotherapy for breast cancer are major complications experienced by as many as 30% of breast cancer survivors. The impact of this chronic...

Update of Historical Study of EPA

I propose to bring up to date my very well received and often cited book, Enforcement At the EPA (Univ. of Texas, 1995), which provided a comprehensive history of the EPAs enforcement program from...

Use of Invitro Angiogenesis for Testing of Novel Anticancer Agents

An antiangiogenic approach is among the most promising avenues in cancer treatment. Current antiangiogenic strategies have focused on compounds that block the ability of the endothelial cells (EC)...

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