One mass vaccination centre for Donegal ‘offensive’

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Twitter One mass vaccination centre for Donegal ‘offensive’ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Previous articleCrowded areas must be avoided ‘for next six months at least’Next articleCabinet to be updated on future of this years Leaving Cert News Highland A Donegal Deputy says its offensive that just one mass vaccination centre has been announced for Donegal.Yesterday, it was confirmed that Letterkenny Institute of Technology will be a designated vaccination centre.However, concerns have been raised over the need for more centres in Donegal, given the geographical makeup of the county.Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn says he has written to HSE management requesting 3 vaccination centres for the county:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter By News Highland – February 16, 2021 center_img AudioHomepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Facebook Google+last_img read more

Rapid Toxicity Tests

first_imgThe methods used by the Regenerative Bioscience Center will expand the number of chemicals that can be tested each year, reducing process time, effort and cost while also minimizing animal use. “By better predicting whether chemicals have the potential to impact health and human development, these grants will not only advance the science necessary to improve chemical safety but protect the well-being and futures of children in this nation,” said Lek Kadeli of the EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “This is an opportunity to further foster interdisciplinary research that encompasses toxicology, neural development, stem cells and new imaging technology,” Stice said. Because of the damaging presence of these toxicants, early interruptions in brain development can lead to a broad range of lifelong problems. With one in six children in the U.S. diagnosed with a developmental or cognitive disorder, “it is more important than ever to understand the potential toxicity in the chemicals that we come in contact with every day,” Stice said. Multiyear testing methods have left the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a list of 80,000 household and industrial compounds that need to be assessed to determine potential health risks. Until now, determining the toxicity of each chemical could take almost two years. The UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center’s $799,938 share of the grant will allow researchers to modernize the current testing process using work they pioneered using undifferentiated cells. Stice presented the topic, “Human Neural Stem Cell Metabolomic, Cellular and Organ Level Adverse Outcome Pathway Relationships for Endocrine Active Compounds,” to 6,000-plus toxicologists from more than 50 countries on March 25 at the EPA Grants Kick-Off Meeting, part of the annual Society of Toxicology gathering in Phoenix, Ariz.center_img The funding for the Regenerative Bioscience Center’s study is provided by the EPA under grant No. R835551 on “Human Neural Stem Cell Metabolomic, Cellular and Organ Level Adverse Outcome Pathway Relationships for Endocrine Active Compounds.” For more information on the grant, see “This grant will span a wide range of disciplines to follow a toxin’s initial effects at the neural stem cells to how it affects people, potentially leading to uncovering environmental causes of autism. With EPA funding we can be a task force of a much-needed solution.” To help change the paradigm of how these chemicals are tested — and how rapidly the EPA receives results — the agency tapped researchers in the University of Georgia Regenerative Bioscience Center. The university is one of three institutions sharing a $3 million grant from the EPA to more quickly determine the physiological effects of environment chemicals on children and infants. The average American comes in contact with thousands of these chemicals each year. The biggest concern, though, is determining which of these compounds disrupt early fetal and infant brain development. “We hope to do a study in a dish that can be completed within a week so we’ll be able to speed up the process and make it less expensive and not have to use animals,” said center Director Steve Stice, a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Reproductive Physiology in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

Peanut IL tweaks RFP

first_imgThe Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut has dropped a request that project proposals initially explain how they will use outputs from commissioned projects, since the details of those commissioned projects are not yet available.Concept notes on project proposals are due April 20 for scientists who would like to lead a project in the $14 million, five-year Peanut Innovation Lab program.Originally, the Request for Proposals encouraged scientists to explain how proposed projects would utilize the outputs from commissioned projects. Given that the commissioned projects are not yet approved, scientists will not be required to explain that connection in concept notes; instead, the management entity will work with selected PIs to consider the commissioned projects as they develop the full proposals.The Peanut Innovation Lab is accepting concept notes in two Areas of Inquiry – varietal development and value-added gains – and is using a Piestar project management system. To download the RFP, go to the Peanut Lab Opportunities web page. Support documents (such as the data management plan and a copy of an earlier webinar to answer questions on the RFPs) are on the Peanut Lab’s Work with Us page of the Peanut Innovation Lab website.Any further questions can be sent to Dave Hoisington at [email protected]last_img read more