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Tag: Department of Pharmacology

Graduate student Michael Schappe (left) and Bimal Desai, PhD, have discovered a switch that could let doctors shut down inflammation.
The Switch That Could Shut Down Inflammation – Even in the Brain
February 26, 2018

Our Bimal Desai, PhD, has discovered an electrical switch within a certain type of immune cell that could let us treat inflammatory diseases including inflammation of the brain, as seen in Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s, for the first time. What he found was that this switch, called an ion channel,…

J. Julius Zhu, PhD, developed a new technique that will let doctors better diagnose disease and predict patient outcomes.
We Can Predict the Severity of Your Genetic Disease
September 22, 2017

Our J. Julius Zhu, PhD, has found a way to predict the severity of genetic disease just by measuring mind-bogglingly small interactions between molecules. He and his team of international collaborators have developed a technique that lets them measure the effect gene mutations have on the molecules that cells use…