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2006-2007 President's Faculty Grant Winners

Angiotensinogen and ACE2 Expression in Astrocytes of mRen2(27) Transgenic Rats

Hypertension is a major health problem in the United States contributing to more than 500,000 deaths annually. Angiotensin II (Ang II) is a biologically active octapeptide that triggers a myriad of...

Assessment of a Butyrylcholinesterase Variant in Alzheimer's Patients

The gold standard of treatment for Alzheimer's disease is the acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors. There are currently four AChE inhibitors available: tacrine, rivastigmine, galantamine,...

Assessment of the Fishes and Corals of Veracruz, Mexico: A Comparative Study

The Parque Nacional Sistema Arrecifal Veracruzana (Veracruz Coral Reef System National Park) consists of 17 different reef components surrounding the port of Veracruz, Mexico, and encompasses a...

CPAP vs. Oral appliances: Effect on quality of life, sleepiness and performance

Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening sleep disorder that significantly compromises daytime functioning. Currently, the gold standard for treating obstructive sleep apnea is...

Determining global population genetic structure in highly threatened sharks

Shark populations worldwide are declining rapidly from overfishing to supply the international fin trade. These declines have raised serious concerns about potential species and population...

Effects of Curcumin and Genistein on MCT1 Expression in Cancer Cells

High fiber diet has been frequently reported to be beneficial for maintaining the health of colon tissues. Dietary fiber, proteins, and resistant starch escaping hydrolysis in the small intestine...

Ethnic Identity: Socio-cultural belonging of immigrants in the US and Germany

Together with German colleagues from the University of Goettingen, we are researching and teaching issues connected to identity and ethnic belonging. We are using biographical-narrative interviews...

Impact of Drug Interactions on Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors in the United States, 2001 to 2003

Objective: Our goal is to examine the impact of potential drug-drug interactions on Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors in the U.S. outpatient settings. Methods: This project proposes a...

Investigation of Structure and Origin of Kerogen by Ruthenium Tetroxide Oxidation

Kerogen is an insoluble organic material from sedimentary rocks. It is by far the most abundant organic sedimentary material comprising an estimated 90% of it. It has been estimated that coal makes...

Microcirculatory/Edema Fluid Changes After Low Intensity Laser Therapy

The Orofacial Pain Clinic at Nova Southeastern University manages many types of head and neck pain. Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT) is proving to be an efficacious form of therapy with minimal...

NSU Biomaterials Safety Testing Alternatives to Animal Experimentation

Every year in the United States, millions of animals including monkey's, rats, mice, rabbits, cats, and dogs suffer experimentation to test the biocompatibility of products before they are...

Optometrist in Court: Summative Evaluation of an Innovative Educational Program

Need/Background: Optometric students learn about medical recordkeeping, diagnosis and treatment, and the role of other health care practitioners. However, they do not participate in activities that...

Project A+: Autism + Mathematics = Communication: Year 2

Autism is a complex, neurological disorder that affects as many as 1 in every 166 students. At present, there is no known cure for autism. However, most experts agree that early intervention plays...

Quantitative analysis of deep-sea coral habitat structure: east coast of Florida

Coral reefs abound in shallow tropical waters around the world's oceans, and their deterioration over recent decades due to a wide range of environmental insults has been well documented....

Surveillance of Childhood Obesity: A Preliminary Investigation of Obesity and Overweight Children in a High-Risk Child and Adolescent Population

RNA interference (RNAi) is the process where the introduction of double stranded RNA into a cell inhibits gene expression in a sequence dependent fashion. However, advanced drug delivery, systemic...

Testing Candidate Insulin-Action Genes by siRNA Inhibition

Type 2 diabetes ranks among the top ten causes of death in most developed nations, and its worldwide incidence is rapidly increasing. Central to type 2 diabetes is loss of sensitivity of cells to...

Ultrastructural Analysis in the Elucidation of Disease in Reef-building Corals

A significant increase in the incidence of coral disease has been observed world-wide over the last decade and may play a significant role in the demise of critical reef-building species. Dark Spot...

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