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Volume 9, Number 6Space holderFebruary 11, 2005

Moeller to study neuroinflammation in Lou Gehrig's disease

Thomas Moeller will use a grant from the ALS Association to study the role of microglial cells, the green cells seen above, in the progression of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Microglial cells are immune cells in the central nervous system that researchers believe play a pivotal role in ALS progression. The green-stained cells above expressed a marker gene, indicating that microglial cells can be genetically modified and may eventually be useful in gene therapy for ALS. (Full Story)

Image courtesy of Thomas Moeller

UW Medicine joins national campaign to improve patient safety in hospitals

UW Medical Center (UWMC) and Harborview Medical Center, the two hospitals of UW Medicine, are joining a national campaign to continue to improve patient safety. (Full Story)

Alcohol screening and intervention reduces health-care costs

Alcohol counseling sessions for injured patients can help reduce health-care costs, in addition to reducing subsequent alcohol intake and trauma recidivism. (Full Story)

Samuldrala to speak on proteome modeling at Feb. 17 Science in Medicine Lecture

Ram Samuldrala, assistant professor of microbiology and head of the Computational Biology Group, will discuss his work on proteome modeling in the next Science in Medicine lecture. (Full Story)