2020 Newsletters

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January 15, 2020
New Approaches to Alzheimer’s Disease
Scientists have researched and conducted clinical trials on Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) for over three decades, but unfortunately, no drug has made it to the market in the US.  AD is a very complex disease and it’s difficult to obtain brain tissue or imaging that tells the real story.  There have been many different theories of beta amyloid, tau and alpha synuclein accumulation as to the cause of AD with a number of clinical trials being conducted in this area.  Read more
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February 15, 2020
Sick or Injured, Microrobots to the Rescue!
What are Microrobots?

Scientists and engineers have been working on microrobots for the last three decades.  Microrobots similar in size to a living cell (see Figure 1) are designed to move throughout the body.  Microbiots are less likely to cause tissue damage compared to surgery or catheter insertions.  They can also deliver a drug to their target and minimize side effects compared to drugs that are delivered systemically and are more widely dispersed. Some predict that in the future, microrobots will be able to repair or rebuild tissue in pursuit of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Read more

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March 15, 2020
What is COVID-19
COVID – 19 or Coronavirus Disease 2019 is the name of the respiratory disease.   The virus that causes COVID-19 is a Coronavirus (a family of viruses) and more specifically SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome- Coronavirus -2). The virus first appeared in a seafood market in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. With a population of 11 million, Wuhan is the largest city in Hubei Province in Central China.  But it’s decidedly not SARS, said Dr. Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust who worked on the 2002-2003 epidemic, which spread from China to Toronto, Canada.  Read more
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