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More than 1.5 billion people live with chronic pain worldwide, and it’s the most common cause of long-term disability in the United States. Several BIO5 researchers are addressing chronic pain and working to tackle the opioid epidemic through basic science and clinical approaches.
 
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The College of Science is proud of the accomplishments of the 2021 Teaching and Advising Award winners including BIO5 faculty Drs. Martha Bhattacharya, Hamish Christie, and Roger Miesfeld. We celebrate their dedication to educating our students and perfecting their craft of teaching and advising.
 
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Dr. Roberta Brinton, director of the Center for Innovation in Brain Science, received a $15.1 million grant from the National Institutes on Aging to investigate perimenopausal brain aging.
 
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Nearly one quarter of the global disease burden is attributed to the elderly - a group expected to more than double by 2050. 

 
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A University of Arizona research team led by Roberta Diaz Brinton, director of the UArizona Health Sciences Center for Innovation in Brain Science and a member of the BIO5 Institute, have developed a new therapy for Alzheimer’s disease designed to restore cognitive function in early-stage patients. The therapy is now proceeding through a Phase 2b clinical trial.
 
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Dr. Anita Koshy discusses her path to becoming a physician-scientist and how her time spent at the bench and bedside complement one another.
 
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Sleep plays many important roles in health maintenance and disease prevention. Adding a focus on sleep may improve your daytime function and quality of life. In addition to heart health, sleep is closely linked with mood, ability to handle stress, risk for depression, and many brain functions.
 
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To combat the experienced weariness, particularly during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the resilience of character is good for your mental health as well as your heart. Resilience can be likened to your ability to have life bump into you without knocking you down.

 
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A team led by Dr. Philipp Gutruf are creating new tools for a method called optogenetics, which shines light at specific neurons in the brain to excite or suppress activity. The goal is to better understand how the brain works, allowing scientists to develop and test potential cures for illnesses such as neurodegenerative diseases.
 
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A tiny device puts researchers one step closer to developing new treatments for depression, chronic pain, epilepsy, and more. It is all thanks to University of Arizona engineering researchers. Dr. Philipp Gutruf, a biomedical engineering assistant professor at UArizona is one of the researchers who helped develop the device.
 
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Despite slowdowns in research suffered by universities around the world due to the pandemic, the University of Arizona has experienced solid growth in the commercialization of university inventions. In the last fiscal year alone UArizona received 274 invention disclosures and launched 17 startups.
 
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Despite slowdowns in research suffered by universities around the world due to the pandemic, the University of Arizona has experienced solid growth in the commercialization of university inventions.
 
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Scientists continue to investigate how COVID-19 affects our senses and changes the way we interact with society. Dr. Katalin Gothard says the isolation that comes with COVID-19 especially impacts our sense of touch. She is also studying how COVID-19 is changing our brain chemistry.
 
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A University of Arizona study on Type 2 diabetes could completely alter the way the disease is treated by fighting it a different way. Scientists’ findings indicate the disease could be fought at its source: the way the liver communicates with the rest of the body. Dr. Benjamin Renquist principal investigator for this study, essentially stumbled upon the discovery by while conducting a study to determine a correlation between hunger and fat buildup in the liver. The key to these new findings is a neurotransmitter — a signal in the body that sends information to the brain — produced in the liver and known as GABA, short for gamma aminobutyric acid.
 
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Dr. Roberta Brinton shares her inspiration for her work with Alzheimer's and her perspective on the need for specific research for women's brains and the future that lies ahead.
 
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Hormone therapy is the most effective treatment for the symptoms of menopause, which can include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, weight gain, and depression. During the study, Dr. Roberta Brinton led a team to examine the effects of individual U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved hormone therapy medications, including estrogens and progestins, and combination therapies on neurodegenerative disease and found that using natural steroids estradiol or progesterone resulted in greater risk reduction than the use of synthetic hormones.
 
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Dr. Fei Yin, of the Center for Innovation in Brain Science, the institute headed by Dr. Roberta Brinton, has received a $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to determine the role of an Alzheimer’s risk-factor gene in regulating the brain energy production system.
 
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Green spaces have clear potential to reduce stress and improve health and wellbeing, prior to The Green Road, little research had been conducted to examine their effects in military installations. Joining a group of scientists, Dr.