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Wang Receives $1.5 Million NIH Award

A new $1.5 million award from the National Institutes of Health will allow a University of Arkansas chemist to develop mathematical models to improve the reliability and efficiency of computer-aided drug design. The research could reduce the cost of drug discovery and lead to improvements in public health. Computer-aided drug design is a critical component of drug discovery and the further development of more efficient, or targeted, pharmaceuticals. However, current models used in these designs have demonstrated  limited accuracy in describing the interactions between drug molecules, their targets and their shared environment. Feng Wang, associate professor of physical chemistry...

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Researchers Use NIH Grant to Study the Interplay of Brain Function that Controls Thoughts and Actions

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health has awarded $375,000 to researchers who are investigating the interplay of two types of signaling in the brain. The constant exchange of chemical and electrical signals among neurons in the cerebral cortex is responsible for our thoughts and actions. Understanding the interplay of these two types of signaling is essential for insight into neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s as well as healthy brain function. Under the grant, Woodrow Shew, a biophysicist, and Julie Stenken, an analytical chemist, will develop new tools to measure changes...

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