Firing up innate immunity to stop asthma attacks

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The National Institutes of Health will provide $2.4 million to an MD Anderson researcher to advance a completely new approach to stifling asthma attacks. Scott Evans, M.D., of MD Anderson's Department of Pulmonary Medicine, was named an NIH New Innovator for his proposal to jump-start a rapid immune response to stymie viral infections before they can provoke asthma attacks. "Asthma affects 8 percent of Americans -- 26 million adults and children -- and its incidence continues to grow for...

Drug-Resistance Researcher Wins NIH New Innovator Award

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A unique approach to understanding how cancer cells or microbes become capable of warding off drugs has earned a New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health for an M. D. Anderson scientist. Gábor Balázsi, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Systems Biology, will receive $1.5 million over five years under the highly competitive program. The NIH announced awards Thursday in three prestigious programs that fund bold ideas, with the potential to speedily translate...