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Spina Bifida Research Resource pursues insight into birth defect

May 1, 2006

The causes of the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States, spina bifida, are not well understood. And, there is no cure. Nonetheless, preventing spina bifida is the ultimate goal, and that goal is the driving force for several researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences and Technology at Houston.

IBT Graduate Student Cracks Tough Biomedical Research Problem

January 19, 2006

A paper published this month in the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry and the awarding of an international patent chips away at scientific dogma about the nature of sugar molecules.

Dunn-Confocal Microscope

November 21, 2005

The Institute of Biosciences and Technology (IBT) at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center recently received a pledge of $250,000 from the John S. Dunn Research Foundation. The grant funds will purchase a 3-D laser scanning confocal microscope. The new visual imaging instrumentation will enhance IBT’s Molecular and Cellular Imaging Facility, which is located within its Center for Cancer Biology and Nutrition.

TIGM Announces Discovery That Could Lead to New Understanding of Spina Bifida

September 12, 2005

The Texas Institute for Genomic Medicine announced today that researchers associated with the Institute and Lexicon Genetics Incorporated have discovered that defects in the FKBP8 gene may play a role in spina bifida, a common birth defect affecting the lower spinal column.

HSC Partner in Texas Institute for Genomic Medicine

July 16, 2005

The Texas Enterprise Fund has awarded $50 million for the creation of the Texas Institute for Genomic Medicine, a non-profit organization founded by two members of The Texas A&M University System—The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences and Technology (IBT) in Houston’s Texas Medical Center and Texas A&M University in College Station—and Lexicon Genetics Incorporated in The Woodlands.

IBT Receives West Foundation Grant to Study Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

June 23, 2005

The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences and Technology (IBT) recently received a grant of $100,000 from the Neva and Wesley West Foundation. The grant funds will support studies of bacterial infections caused by an antibiotic-resistant form of the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. IBT is located in Houston in the renowned Texas Medical Center.

IBT’s Finnell Leads Special Issue of Medical Genetics Journal

June 14, 2005

Richard H. Finnell, Ph.D., is one of two guest editors of a special issue of American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part C, Seminars in Medical Genetics. This issue is called Neural Tube Defects and is an offshoot of the third International Neural Tube Defects Symposium, held in 2003.

IBT Scientist Will Represent A&M Health Science Center at Stem Cell Summit

June 10, 2005

Robert Schwartz, Ph.D., associate director of the Institute of Biosciences and Technology (IBT), is representing The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center at a gathering of national and international specialists that will discuss stem cell research.