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Hackathons may accelerate scientific discovery, study finds

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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In a new study, researchers have shown how hackathons, or other crowdsourcing events, may provide a good strategy for building bridges over the traditional divides of research partnerships and accelerate scientific discovery. Read More

SCReM 2018 Travel Fellowship recipient, Kimberly Curtis, presents at World Congress of Biomechanics

Author: Laurie Gregory

Screm 2018Kimberly Curtis at World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin, Ireland

In describing her work, SCReM 2018 Travel Fellowship recipient, Kimberly Curtis finds that daily activities, such as walking or running, help bone to maintain a strong and healthy architecture due to its ability to adapt to mechanical loading. Osteocytes are resident cells embedded within the mineralized bone matrix and are able to sense mechanical stimulation and elicit a cellular response to increase bone mass. However, there are various cell types in the bone marrow, some of which are mechanosensitive and contribute to bone formation. In her tissue mechanics lab, they culture cylindrical trabecular bone explants harvested from porcine vertebrae in a custom bioreactor. The bioreactor enables them to mechanically stimulate the marrow independent of the osteocytes residing in the mineralized matrix. Using this system, they were able to detect a significant increase in bone formation in stimulated explants compared to unstimulated explants, indicating that marrow cells are mechanosensitive. They also measured an increase in mechanoregulatory cFos gene expression in stimulated marrow cells. Read More

NDnano announces 2018 Seed Grant Program recipients

Author: Brandi Klingerman

Nine faculty members from the College of Engineering and College of Science have been awarded four grants through the Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano) Seed Grant Program.  Read More

Community research collaboration creates better system for treating trauma patients

Author: Brandi Klingerman

Trauma, or any kind of severe physical injury, continues to be today’s leading cause of death for people 46 and younger in the United States. In 2007, Dr. Scott Thomas and Dr. Mark Walsh of Memorial Hospital in South Bend were looking for a better way to treat trauma patients who arrived in the emergency room (ER) with excessive bleeding. Their search eventually led to a translational research collaboration with the W. M. Keck Center for Transgene Research at the University of Notre Dame and the development of a new method for treating trauma patients. Read More

Notre Dame in Chile: Exchanging ideas and creating pathways for collaboration

Author: Tammi Freehling

Group from Notre Dame Colleges of Science and Engineering in Chile with Catolica colleagues.

In April 2018, a delegation from Notre Dame visited with colleagues from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Católica) in Santiago, Chile. The trip was led by Mary Galvin, William K. Warren Family Foundation Dean of the College of Science; and Peter Kilpatrick, Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering, and included faculty and advisory council members. Galvin and Kilpatrick sought to engage in dialogue with peers, exchange ideas, and create pathways for collaboration between scientists and researchers at both institutions. Read More