Category: Research Highlights

UVA Discovers Secret to Making Immune Cells Better Cancer Killers

Researchers Lelisa F. Gemta (left) and Timothy Bullock have determined why killer T cells can be so helpless against cancer. Their finding could allow doctors to make the cells more…

OCD Medication Could Also Stop Deadly Sepsis, UVA Study Suggests

An antidepressant drug used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder could save people from deadly sepsis, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests. Sepsis is a significant cause of death…

Study Shows that Exercise Before Surgery Can Protect Muscles and Nerves

UVA’s Zhen Yan, PhD, a top expert on the cellular benefits of exercise, and his team are working to better understand how the body is damaged by the restoration of…

Brain Discovery at UVA Makes ‘Most Promising Medical Advances’ List

University of Virginia School of Medicine discovery about the role of the brain’s cleaning system in aging and Alzheimer’s disease has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as…

Gene Discovery Reveals New Targets for Treating Atherosclerosis, Inflammatory Diseases

A group of genes that has been largely ignored by scientists could play critical roles in atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), inflammation, and likely obesity and other metabolic diseases, new…

HPV Discovery Raises Hope for New Cervical Cancer Treatments

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have made a discovery about human papillomavirus, or HPV for short, that could lead to new treatments for cervical cancer and…

Kipnis Receives Prestigious NIH Director’s Pioneer Award

Jonathan Kipnis, PhD, a School of Medicine neuroscientist who is transforming our understanding of the brain’s relationship to the immune system has been awarded the prestigious Director’s Pioneer Award from…

Kipnis Lab

In Scientific American cover story, “The Seventh Sense,” neuroscientist Jonathan Kipnis describes the relationship between the nervous and immune systems. “Mounting evidence indicates that the brain and the immune system…

Leitinger Lab Discovery Reveals How Obesity Causes Disease and How We Can Stop It

New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine explains why obesity causes harmful inflammation that can lead to diabetes, clogged arteries and other health problems. Doctors may be…

Lukas Tamm Appointed Chair of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics

Effective July 1, 2018, Lukas Tamm, PhD, has been appointed as chair of the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics. Dr. Tamm received his basic training in molecular biosciences…