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AAMFT Members of Color Survey

The purpose of this study is to find out the status of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) members of color in their training, clinical work, professional challenges and...

Assessing Factors Associated with Transition to Injection among Heroin Users

Background: The objective of the proposed study is to learn why heroin sniffers become heroin injectors and thereby develop interventions to prevent this transition from happening. The misuse and...

Ceramide-mediated pathology in age-associated periodontitis

A paradigm-shift in oral gerontology has recently occurred with the realization that TLR signal is attenuated in elders suggesting that an alternative pro-inflammatory mechanism in age-associated...

Characterization of neural crest stem cells for a DPN-specific treatment

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), a term that encompasses the damage of peripheral nerves-in particular those found in the extremities-is the most frequently observed serious and chronic...

Clinical Nutrition Profile for ME/CFS

The underlying mechanisms tied to the onset and progression of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) remain unclear leaving treatment based on phenotypic presentation and...

Comparing Two Interventions for Teaching Math to Preschool Students With Autism

This study will compare two interventions for teaching math to preschool-aged students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The first is considered the business as usual (BAU) intervention, which...

Differential Diagnosis in Auditory Processing using Electrophysiology

Background: Traditional behavioral auditory processing evaluation relies on the cooperation and good attention of the child who is being evaluated. Beyond that fact, behavioral auditory processing...

Dissertation Evaluation Process: A Survey of Hispanic-Serving Institution Faculty

Faculty engage in an evaluative process in an effort to identify successful dissertations and research-based master’s theses. Historically, this evaluative process has had limited...

Effect of ME/CFS on cell-to-cell communication

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is a complex condition that is associated with a variety of symptoms that impact multiple organ systems and have impacts on cell-cell...

Effect of Prophylactic Treatments on Surface Characteristics of Various Zirconia

The objective of this study is to evaluate the effect of prophylactic pastes on the surface gloss and roughness of three contemporary Zirconia restorative materials and human enamel. Background:...

Epileptic Seizure Prediction Using a Computational Simulation

Epilepsy affects approximately 1% of the world population, being the most common chronic neurological disease. Of the individuals affected, about 30% are not well controlled on medications. This...

Eradicating Drug Resistance by Targeting Breast Cancer Stem Cells Using miRRA

Treatment resistance in breast cancer is a major factor in recurrence and death. Nucleotide excision repair is a DNA repair pathway that repairs any damage that distorts the DNA helix or bulky...

Examining leadership in collaborative governance for HIV/AIDS Care and treatment

Background: The enactment of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resource Emergency Act in 1990 set the stage for fund access by areas disproportionately impacted by the HIV/AIDS for care and...

Financial Counseling in Family Therapy

Money affects relational quality and vice versa. In the newly developing area of financial therapy, couples receive both relationship counseling as well as financial advice. It is anticipated that...

Formulation and In Vivo Evaluation of Pediatric Epinephrine Sublingual Tablets

A fast-disintegrating sublingual tablet (FDST) of epinephrine (Epi) for the treatment of anaphylaxis in adults has been successfully evaluated in vitro and in vivo. The sublingual Epi dose was then...

High Weight, High Risk? Examining the Role of Weight Stigma in Suicidality

Suicide prevention is a public health priority, as it is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States (National Institute of Mental Health, 2017). According to the...

How Many Planets Do Exist?

Since ancient times, people look up at the skies and wonder if other worlds exist. Only in the recent past, such worlds have been discovered. New planets are found almost every month. The current...

Identification of Volatile Organic Compounds Indicative of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease (also known as periodontitis) is the sixth most prevalent chronic, inflammatory disease worldwide and has been implicated as a source for systemic inflammation associated with...

Immune reactivity to gluten in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation of the joints. It is associated with progressive disability due to joint deformation and systemic complications. A...

Linking Crude Oil and Dispersant Effects to New Model Reef Sponge Gene Expression

Environmental impacts of such oil spills can be seen throughout the entire water column, and typically have a negative impact on most biological taxa within ecosystems. As an effort to understand...

Neurotoxin Model: Cardiovascular, Immune and Oxidative Stress Profile

Gulf War Illness (GWI) is a multifaceted disease seen mainly in military personnel who served in the Gulf War. It is associated with cardiovascular/autonomic imbalance and immune dysfunction. There...

Next-generation Sequencing to Identify Infectious Pathogenesis of ME/CFS.

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a disabling disorder, in which symptoms range from extreme fatigue and difficulty concentrating to headaches and muscle pain. The...

Optimizing grow-out of sexually-produced baby corals in land-based nurseries

Despite the economic importance of corals reefs, these ecosystems have been declining worldwide due to local and global anthropogenic stressors such as pollution, overfishing and climate change....

Population genomics of the overfished shortfin mako shark in the Atlantic Ocean

The shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) is a large, globally distributed, oceanic species of urgent management and conservation concern. It is a target of commercial and recreational fishers,...

SCUBA Diving and Cognition

SCUBA diving requires a high level of cognitive functioning given the task loading that divers face while underwater. Divers must be able to remember skills from their training and remain vigilant...

Target validation of adrenal ╬▓arrestin1 for tobacco-related heart disease therapy

Smoking kills 6 million people annually and the global health costs are expected to rise over the next decade. In addition to the highly addictive nicotine, tobacco products contain numerous other...

The use of NK cell-derived exosomes for promotion of NK cell lineage commitment

There is a growing interest in adoptive transfer of ex vivo-activated lymphocytes aiming to improve and exploit their anti-tumor responses. Natural Killer (NK) cells are an innate lymphoid cell...

Unaccompanied, But Not Alone: Community Partners Serving Unaccompanied Minors

Unaccompanied immigrant minors (UIM) are youth (under 18) who lack lawful immigration status and who are without a parent or guardian in the U.S. who can provide custody and care. Between 2014 and...

Using Satellite Telemetry to Determine Core Habitat Use Areas for Sea Turtles

Understanding animal movement and use of the marine environment can be an invaluable tool for increasing conservation and management of many marine species. Use of marine protected areas to...

Validation of the Battered Woman Syndrome Questionnaire, Spanish Version

The aim of this study is to empirically validate the Battered Woman Syndrome Questionnaire in Spanish (BWSQ-S). We will partner with the National Institute for Women (INAMU) in Costa Rica due to...

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