National Institutes of Health

Scientists have long since established that the effects of stress on our bodies are largely negative. But understanding stress as a trigger for using calories and burning fat also could lead us to better mechanisms for healthier behaviors. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently funded a Kent State University researcher to continue her efforts toward that goal. Based on a recently-published study, Colleen Novak, associate professor of biological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, will use a three-year, $447,000 grant to analyze two new elements believed to drive muscl...

There are two cycles most people can’t avoid — sleep and the news. And If you’re awake, you can’t help hearing the news reporting about cannabinoids. A Kent State researcher may soon have news about how these substances affect our body’s natural clock. Dr. Eric Mintz, Professor of Biological Sciences and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, studies the human body’s circadian rhythms, which affect the sleeping-waking cycle.  Not as well-known is how the brain’s other systems work in concert with that clock or what happens to it when we interfere with them. The National Ins...

Once it begins, Alzheimer’s disease progresses systematically and aggressively, attacking victims on multiple fronts. But scientists studying the disease operate the same way – like Kent State University’s own Gemma Casadesus Smith, Ph.D. Since 2016, Casadesus Smith, professor of biological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received more than $2.7 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the causes of Alzheimer’s and identify models for better pharmacological treatments. A new two-year, $224,500 project, titled “Characterization of transcr...

Once it begins, Alzheimer’s Disease progresses systematically and aggressively, attacking victims on multiple fronts. But scientists studying the disease operate the same way — like Kent State University’s own Dr. Gemma Casadesus Smith. Since 2016, Casadesus Smith, an associate professor of biological science in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received more than $2.7 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to study the causes of Alzheimer’s and identify models for better pharmacological treatments. A new two-year, $224,500 project, titled “Characterization of transcri...

Food allergies can be as dangerous as firearms for children who don’t have the skills to react responsibly to when they’re exposed to them. A Kent State University researcher with a background in safety training models — and a very personal motivation — has devised a method to help some children with food allergies stay safe, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) just granted him the funding to test it. Chris Flessner, Ph.D., associate professor of psychological sciences in Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences, recently secured a two-year, $238,000 grant for his project, “The...

John D. Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor of biological sciences at Kent State University, received a three-year, $450,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

People who suffer trauma will, with few exceptions, never forget what happened to them, but a Kent State University researcher may be able to offer them the hope of living without constant fear and anxiety. John D. Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor of biological sciences in Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences, received a three-year, $450,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a study that could provide a better understanding of how we create deeply ingrained fear memories – and how to stop them. “People have these horrible things that happen to them, and they’re...

Heather Caldwell, Ph.D., professor of biological sciences at Kent State University, was awarded a $450,000 grant to study how oxytocin affects the development of the female and male brain.

Heather Caldwell, Ph.D., a professor in Kent State University’s Department of Biological Sciences, recently received a $450,000 grant to study the role that oxytocin plays in the developing brain. Labeled by some as “the bonding hormone,” oxytocin is well known for helping pregnant mothers with uterine contraction while in labor, milk letdown while breastfeeding and a feeling of euphoria when cuddling with their infants. But, there is still much that researchers do not know about how this hormone works in the brains of children. The grant, which came from the National Institutes of Healt...

It could be argued that no science is more valuable to us than that which helps to ensure the survival of our species by solving the problems that challenge it. For many years, two Kent State University researchers in the College of Arts and Sciences have been toiling over this matter, and each has recently received new grants from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health – collectively totaling more than $857,990 – to study reproductive biology, focusing on the cellular mechanisms that regulate the formation and functio...

It could be argued that no science is more valuable to us than that which helps to ensure the survival of our species by solving the problems that challenge it. For many years, two Kent State University researchers in the College of Arts and Sciences have been toiling over this matter, and each has recently received new grants from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health – collectively totaling more than $857,990 – to study reproductive biology, focusing on the cellular mechanisms that regulate the formation and functio...

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Kent State University’s Min-Ho Kim, Ph.D., assistant professor of biological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, a $1,842,350 five-year grant. The grant from the NIH’s National Institute of Nursing Research is to develop “nanobombs,” a nanotechnology-based therapeutic platform that can treat biofilm infection in chronic wounds.  Kim will lead a research collaboration with three other research laboratories. Songping Huang, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at Kent State, will be responsible for the synthesis of functionalized magne...