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Researchers collaborate to seek FDA approval for drug treatment for rare disease

Author: Gene Stowe and Marissa Gebhard

Norbert Wiech with students

University of Notre Dame alumnus Norbert Wiech founded Lysomics LLC to manage the clinical development needed to bring to market a promising new treatment for people with Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease. FDA support is being sought for early clinical exploration of an approved drug to fight this rare disease that has no cure or treatment.

Lysomics is based on the work of Notre Dame professors of chemistry and biochemistry Olaf Wiest and Paul Helquist, and Frederick Maxfield at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College, to find treatments for NPC. NPC disease is a rare, fatal neurodegenerative disease that primarily strikes children before and during adolescence.

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Eck Institute’s Weinstein Lecture to take place Dec. 5

Author: William G. Gilroy

Dr. James W. Kazura

The University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health will present its Paul P. Weinstein Memorial Lecture at 4 p.m. Dec. 5 (Wednesday) in Room 105 of the Jordan Hall of Science.

Dr. James W. Kazura, professor of international medicine and pathology and director of the Center for Global Health and Diseases at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, will present the lecture, titled “Mosquitoes, Pathogens, and Human Populations: Global Health Research from the Laboratory to the Real World.”

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Notre Dame ranks ninth in percentage of students studying abroad

Author: Claire Stephens

Bonding in Italy at one of the holiest sites in Christendom

University of Notre Dame ranks ninth in percentage of students participating in study abroad programs among American doctoral/research institutions, according to a report released by the Institute for International Education (IIE).

During fall 2010, spring 2011 and summer 2011, the focus of this year’s study, 59.7 percent of Notre Dame students had participated in study programs in other countries, a 2.8 percent increase over the previous year. The University of San Diego ranked first in the IIE report with an 86.8 percent participation rate, followed by Georgetown University at 75.9 percent. Notre Dame ranked ninth last year as well.

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“Talk Science” Seminar discusses original research and publishing opportunities

Author: Stephanie Healey

Talk Science, vol

Scientia, the undergraduate journal of scientific research, held a seminar entitled “Talk Science” on Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Jordan Hall of Science.

Approximately 60 students attended the seminar to hear research presentations from a faculty member and a fellow undergraduate researcher.

Huy Huynh, assistant professor of the practice in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS), discussed the different statistical methods that can be applied to measure biological diversity.

Junior physics major Grace Meikle gave a presentation about the cost effectiveness and efficiency of solar energy in communities around the world.

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Undergraduates learn about the importance of diversity from campus, community and national scientific leaders

Author: Gene Stowe


“Diversity, Culture and Religion in Science,” a full-day course in the Professionalism in Science series, attracted 84 undergraduates to the Jordan Hall of Science on Nov. 10. Speakers from across the campus and community, as well as national leaders on diversity in science, emphasized the importance of diversity in individual attitudes and organizational practices as the global economy accelerates and significant minorities grow in the United States.

Dean Greg Crawford, who organized the program with Professors Michelle Whaley and Dominic Chaloner, urged participants to meet 100 people from different backgrounds on campus every semester. “Diversity is a big deal,” Dean Crawford said. “You’re going need a diverse workforce to be competitive. You don’t want to think people as only male or female; African American or Caucasian; or as a Muslim, a Catholic or a Jew. You want to think of them as people.”

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