Research/Technology

Zach Whiddon

August 4, 2020 - NIH funds UofL doctoral students’ work on taste buds and brain circuitry
Two doctoral students in the University of Louisville Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, Zach Whiddon and Kyle Whyland, have received funding from the NIH to support their research projects. The highly competitive F31 predoctoral training awards help set the researchers on a path to a career in research, requiring the same rigorous application process that seasoned investigators must go through to obtain NIH funding for their research.

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July 23, 2020 - Phase II results of Co-Immunity Project show higher-than-expected rates of coronavirus exposure in Jefferson County
Results from the second phase of the University of Louisville’s groundbreaking project to track COVID-19 in Jefferson County show that 4 to 6 times more people than previously reported may have been exposed to the virus since the beginning of the pandemic.

Nana Ama Aya Bullock

July 17, 2020 - Fulbright award is a dream come true for UofL doctoral student
As a young child in Ghana, Nana Ama Aya Bullock saw the effect that HIV/Aids had on those around her. “I remember the lack of knowledge, stigma and fear that came with the words HIV or AIDs,” she said. Her experiences as a child in her native country inspired her to take action as an adult by studying public health and researching HIV and AIDS. Bullock is one of 11 UofL students selected for the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which offers research, study and teaching opportunities in more than 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students.

A clinical trial for Aviptadil (RLF-100) is underway at UofL for severe COVID-19 patients. Image courtesy NeuroRx.

July 16, 2020 - UofL conducting clinical trial on drug for severe COVID-19 respiratory effects
The University of Louisville is conducting a clinical trial on a new treatment for critically ill COVID-19 patients meant to lessen some of the most severe and deadly respiratory effects. The treatment, a new formulation of Aviptadil (RLF-100), produced by Pennsylvania-based NeuroRx and Relief Therapeutics Holding, SA, of Geneva, works by combating “cytokine storm,” an unchecked overreaction of the body’s immune response. These storms can cause severe lung inflammation and stiffening that make it difficult, if not impossible, for patients to breathe on their own.

Heart slices in biomimetic environment

May 28, 2020 - UofL receives $3.8M to test new gene therapy for heart attacks
When someone has a heart attack, it causes muscle cells in their heart to die, and the heart cannot regenerate these cells. Researchers at the University of Louisville have begun preclinical testing of a new gene therapy that stimulates regeneration of heart muscle cells.

Joshua Spurgeon in the Conn Center

January 22, 2020 - UofL researcher making fuel from water and sunlight wins prestigious NSF award
University of Louisville researcher Joshua Spurgeon has earned a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation to study the production of hydrogen fuels from water and sunlight. Spurgeon’s work at UofL centers on hydrogen fuels, which he can make with just water and sunlight. With this award, he hopes to lower the cost of that method to make solar hydrogen more competitive with hydrogen derived from fossil fuels. “We’re targeting the intersection between high-efficiency and low-cost,” he said. “The goal is to make clean, green, renewable fuel accessible.”

Founder Hunt Event Nov 2019

November 21, 2019 - FounderHunt event seeks entrepreneurs for UofL technologies
A new University of Louisville event, The Founder Hunt, aims to pair research-backed inventions born at Kentucky universities with entrepreneurs who want to build companies around them. “The goal is to make connections between these founders, looking for their next big play, and our startup-ready technologies,” said Will Metcalf, executive director of research development and strategic initiatives in the UofL Office of Research and Innovation.

Dr. John Naber & Dr. Kevin Walsh

September 19, 2019 - UofL spinal fusion device wins first-of-its-kind FDA approval
A University of Louisville technology for measuring strain on the spine has received a first-of-its-kind approval from the FDA. The device, patented through the UofL Commercialization EPI-Center, consists of a series of strain sensors placed on the titanium rods, which are implanted into the body to hold the vertebrae in place after a spinal fusion surgery. Spinal fusion, which “fuses” vertebrae together, is usually done to reduce pain.

Lamount Lab

September 19, 2019 - UofL wins NSF grant to improve STEM equity
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to the University of Louisville to improve faculty equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The grant will be used for a three-year, campus-wide initiative called Advancement Through Healthy Empowerment, Networking, and Awareness (ATHENA), to help promote success for women faculty in STEM fields. ATHENA is a broad initiative supported by the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, School of Medicine, Vice Provost Office for Faculty Affairs, Human Resources, the Office of Diversity & Equity and others.

UofL Robotics team designs nursing assistant

July 17, 2019 - UofL robotics team designs nursing assistant (Video Included)
The Adaptive Robotic Nursing Assistant, ARNA, could allow nurses to focus more on direct patient care by performing time-consuming tasks. Developed by Dan Popa and his robotics team at UofL, the robot could also assist patients with around-the-clock monitoring. Popa acknowledges the importance of ARNA to overworked nurses.

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July 17, 2019 - The Disruptors - UofL professors are upending the way the world works by bringing futuristic technologies to the present
Disruptive technologies are — well, they’re disruptive. They have the power to create and upset whole industries and change how we live and work. Think shopping before the internet, travel before planes and cars or even cooking before fire. According to the DaVinci Institute’s Thomas Frey, one of Google’s top-rated futurists, more of these disruptive technologies may be on the rapidly approaching horizon. When he spoke in Louisville earlier this year, he outlined eight of them: sensors, flying drones, driverless cars, 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality, internet of things, artificial intelligence and cryptocurrencies/blockchain.

Thad Druffel

May 2, 2019 - Hot off the press: UofL group to print solar panels using tools similar to printing industry
University of Louisville researchers are reimagining the newspaper printing press to significantly reduce the cost of solar energy. UofL has announced that it has won a $1 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to advance photovoltaics (PV) research and development at the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research. The project focuses on thin film solar cell production using a roll-to-roll platform, the same used to print newspapers.

Bourbon DNA Research

April 26, 2019 - UofL researcher examines the DNA of bourbon
How is bourbon like a human? A team of researchers at UofL may have that answer. These researchers are studying the molecular make-up of whiskey, including Kentucky’s signature bourbon. UofL engineering professor, Stuart Williams, calls their discoveries “whiskey webs.” Williams is looking at different bourbon brands under microscopes to see what their unique web looks like, something like their own DNA.

Angelique Johnson

March 29, 2019 - Speed professor featured in NBC’s ‘Discovering You’ series
Electrical and biomedical engineer Angelique Johnson, an adjunct professor in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, is the subject of a recent NBC News Learn video in the “Discovering You: Engineering Your World” series. Johnson’s medical technology company, MEMStim LLC, uses automated manufacturing to make cochlear implants more affordable for patients.

Dan Popa

March 27, 2019 - UofL lab developing tiny robots for big jobs
They’re as tiny as a human hair. They’re robots. And they’re being produced at the University of Louisville robotics lab to do intricate surgery, break up cholesterol in your blood stream or manufacturer the tiniest parts for cell phones. “The vision is in the near future we will be using so-called wafer scale microfactories,” said Dan Popa, UofL’s robotics team leader and a professor in the Speed School of Engineering.

UofL top research institution

January 8, 2019 - UofL recognized as top research institution for the fourth time
The University of Louisville has once again been ranked among the top U.S. institutions for research activity. For the fourth time, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education designated UofL a “Research 1” doctoral university with “very high research activity.” “This designation validates the hard work of our faculty, staff and students to make discoveries that change, improve and even save lives” said UofL’s Interim Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation Robert Keynton. “It also validates our continuing efforts to develop the next generation of researchers and innovators.”

Dr. Levi Beverly

November 5, 2018 - UofL cancer researcher gains NIH funding to study Alzheimer’s disease
Levi Beverly, PhD, believes he can use his cancer research to help in the quest to understand a cause and find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and the National Institute on Aging is providing funding to allow him to investigate further. To generate new ideas in Alzheimer’s disease research, the National Institute on Aging, one of the National Institutes of Health, has offered researchers in other fields already funded by the NIH additional money to explore links between their current field of research and Alzheimer’s disease. Beverly, a UofL cancer researcher, has received one of the first rounds of these $385,000 awards.

Developing Blood Preservation Technology

November 5, 2018 - UofL researchers land grant to develop blood preservation tech with industry
Donated blood can save lives. But for uses like disaster relief, military missions and space flight, blood’s current six-week shelf life just isn’t long enough. To solve that problem, researchers at the University of Louisville have invented a device and method for loading preservative compounds into red blood cells. This technology may aid in extending blood’s window of use by enabling the dehydration and dry storage of red blood cells at room temperature.

Christina Lee Brown

October 18, 2018 - Newest institute named in honor of Christina Lee Brown
In recognition of her support, the University of Louisville will rename its most recently created institute The Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute. In May, Brown committed $5 million in support of the institute, which takes a holistic approach to researching how the human-environment interrelationship impacts peoples’ lives. In addition to building on the pioneering work of Aruni Bhatnagar, Ph.D., that established the field of environmental cardiology, UofL will incorporate community engagement and citizen science to introduce a singular, new approach to the study of health.

Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar

October 8, 2018 - UofL researchers earn $16.4 million to explore impact of environment on diabetes, obesity
A team of researchers at the University of Louisville has garnered $16.4 million from the National Institutes of Health to explore several angles related to how different aspects of our environment contribute to the development or health impacts of diabetes and obesity. Aruni Bhatnagar, PhD, director of the UofL Diabetes and Obesity Center and the recently created Envirome Institute, which houses the Diabetes and Obesity Center, earned a competitive renewal grant that provides funding for essential core programs for all researchers in the center.

Smart Tags - Pascal Tags

September 25, 2018 - UofL student startup a finalist in national college inventor challenge
The startup, Pascal Tags, was founded by J.B. Speed School of Engineering student, Brandon Young, and recent College of Business graduate, Haley Pfeiffer. Young will pitch the company’s battery-free, smart tag technology at the competition in November at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Virginia. “For Pascal Tags, I think the opportunity is potentially once in a life time,” Young said. “It is very humbling being the first representative from the state of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.”

Harmony and Health Circle

September 6, 2018 - UofL Envirome Institute adds Center for Healthy Air, Water and Soil to portfolio; Smith named director
Theodore “Ted” Smith, Ph.D., the former chief of civic innovation for the Office of the Mayor, Louisville Metro Government, and CEO of Revon Systems of Crestwood, Ky., has been named director of the Center for Healthy Air, Water and Soil (CHAWS). The center was formerly known as the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil and was absorbed from Community Foundation fiscal sponsorship. It has evolved to become a research center in the Envirome Institute.

KY Nanotech Additive Manufacturing Conf

August 6, 2018 - 3-D Printing, tiny tech and Iron Man at UofL conference
“Universities play a critical role in the advancement and application of these technologies for industry,” said Dr. Kevin Walsh, associate dean of research at UofL’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering, who led the organizing committee. “Our goal was to bring both sides together, and showcase the innovation generated by that collaboration.”

Harmony and Health Circle

June 19, 2018 - University of Louisville launches the Envirome Institute with $5M gift
The University of Louisville today announced the first multimillion dollar gift of President Neeli Bendapudi’s tenure to establish the Envirome Institute at the School of Medicine. The gift, $5 million, from the Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, supports the first institute dedicated to the study of the human envirome. Taking a holistic approach to researching how the human-environment interrelationship impacts peoples’ lives, the institute will build on the pioneering work of Aruni Bhatnagar, Ph.D., the institute’s director, in the field of environmental cardiology. The institute will incorporate community engagement and citizen science to introduce a singular, new approach to the study of health.

Researcher in the Alcohol Research Center

June 18, 2018 - UofL’s Alcohol Research Center determined to uncover effects of alcohol
The National Institutes of Health funded UofL with an $8 million grant to start the center in 2016. UofL researchers are now looking at how alcohol impacts the entire body including the lungs, intestines and other organs. “Our big focus is how nutrition interacts with alcohol to cause organ injury” said Craig McClain, Alcohol Research Center director. Alcohol doesn’t provide calories, protein, minerals or vitamins to sustain the body according to McClain. Because of this, patients’ metabolism and their diet are negatively affected. So individuals who consume on average 15 drinks per day are at risk of health issues.

Novak Center for Children’s Health at the University of Louisville

May 31, 2018 - A new era in medical care for children begins
A new era in medical care for children will begin this June when the Novak Center for Children’s Health at the University of Louisville opens to patients and their families. “This magnificent facility promises to change how health care is delivered to our children with no child turned away from that care,” University of Louisville Board of Trustees Chair David Grissom said. “Its design for efficiency of care was not by accident; a number of UofL staff spent a tremendous amount of time exploring the best practices from throughout the nation and took the best of those to implement here in Louisville.”

NASA Space X

April 30, 2018 - UofL working with NASA to identify Earth-like planets
Researchers at the University of Louisville are looking to the stars — or, rather, the planets potentially orbiting around them. UofL will be part of the ground-based team for NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) program, which launched in mid-April from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The main goal is to identify 50 Earth-like planets revolving around nearby stars. “TESS can generally only measure the size of a planet,” said Dr. Karen Collins, who is leading the program through Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “But under the right conditions, photometric ground-based telescopes can measure the masses of those Earth-sized planets.” For Collins, this new project is not only an opportunity to explore the stars, but to work again with her home campus and advisor. She earned her PhD in the department of Physics and Astronomy at UofL.

Mark Slaughter, MD

March 1, 2018 - UofL and Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center achieve 500th heart transplant
The University of Louisville and the Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center marked an important milestone on February 21, 2018 – the 500th heart transplant performed at the hospital since the heart transplant program began there nearly 35 years ago. “As we end American Heart Month, it’s the perfect time to share this wonderful news,” said Mark Slaughter, MD, surgical director of heart transplant for University of Louisville Physicians and Jewish Hospital, and professor and chair, Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, UofL School of Medicine. The first heart transplant at the hospital, which was also the first heart transplant in Kentucky, took place on Aug. 24, 1984, performed by the University of Louisville’s Laman Gray Jr., MD.

Barbara Polivka, PhD, RN, FAAN

February 21, 2018 - UofL Researchers Find Unhealthy Levels of Chemicals in Homes of Older Audlts
Researchers at the University of Louisville have found high levels of several chemicals in the homes of local residents while examining the effects of home environmental exposures on asthma in adults 60 and older. An average of 30 chemicals have been detected in each home and indoor concentrations have been about 7.5 times that of outdoor concentrations.

 

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