TWO HEALTHCARE CENTERS JOIN FORCES TO EXPAND CANCER CARE IN NEWARK

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From NJSpotlight:

The nationally recognized Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey has joined forces with a major teaching hospital in Newark to expand opportunities for cutting-edge patient care, research, and cancer education in the state’s largest city – which officials said is particularly hard-hit by cancer and could especially benefit from additional treatment options.

While oncology experts with the Cancer Institute, based in New Brunswick, have helped treat patients at Newark’s University Hospital for years, the new partnership between the two entities allows Essex County residents greater access to trials and treatments available only to organizations that are designated by the National Cancer Institute as Comprehensive Cancer Centers, like the Rutgers institute. Established in 1991, the institute was granted NCI-designation in 1997 and again in 2002, and its work has helped reduce the number of cancer cases and related deaths here in the years since, representatives said.

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Free Physical Therapy Program at Rutgers Helps Patients Regain Mobility

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Ulises Mantilla was a 21-year-old college student when he suffered a stroke at his home in Newark in 2012. The last thing he remembers about that day is dialing 911. He awoke from a coma a month later in the hospital, unable to walk or perform simple tasks.

Mantilla returned home in 2015, walking with a cane but with strength so limited he could not even grasp a sponge. “I needed to continue outpatient therapy, but the hospital was too far from my home,” says Mantilla, whose therapist suggested the Community Participatory Physical Therapy Clinic (CPPT) in Newark.

“That’s when my life began to change,” he says.

Operated by Rutgers School of Health Professions, the free, student-run CPPT clinic serves the greater Newark community with physical therapy services and education on wellness and health. Mantilla is one of 500 patients served by the clinic since it opened in 2011. Each year, 65 students pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy volunteer, supervised by a licensed physical therapist, as part of their coursework.

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Two Startups Based on Rutgers Inventions Chosen as Best University Startups

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Two new companies built on Rutgers inventions presented September 20 at University Startup Demo Day, an event in the U.S. Capitol Building for members of Congress and staff, as well as venture capitalists, angel investors and corporate representatives.

The two Rutgers spinouts are Celvive Inc., which is refining a stem-cell technology for regenerative medicine applications, such as helping patients recover from spinal cord injury, and XPEED Turbine Technology LLC, (XTT) which is developing aerodynamic technology that could reduce the cost of wind energy by improving wind turbine efficiency and increasing annual energy production.

Celvive’s founder is Hatem Sabaawy, assistant professor of medicine at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and director of the school’s Cell and Gene Therapy Good Manufacturing Practice Facility. XTT’s co-founder is Javier Diez, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the Rutgers School of Engineering.

University Demo Day is sponsored by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer. The Council selected Celvive and XTT as two of the nation’s 36 Best University Startups for 2016, which were invited to Demo Day.

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New Rutgers Food Pantry Aims to Feed an Underreported Population: Students

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“There are more than 1.1 million people in New Jersey who do not know where their next meal will come from, according to 2014 data from Feeding America and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

College students are not immune to those statistics.

Food insecurity is a growing reality on college campuses nationwide, including Rutgers University, said Kerri Willson, director of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships, whose office launched the Rutgers Student Food Pantry this fall. Of the more than 20 food pantries dedicated to supporting the city’s food insecure population, the Rutgers Student Food Pantry is the first to serve specifically Rutgers-New Brunswick students.

“People have an image of what they think a college student is,” Willson said. “Many college students today are working multiple jobs to pay their way while taking classes. A dining plan is probably the easiest thing for them to cut out or cut short on if they are paying for their tuition.””

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Tuberculosis Can Persist in Lungs After Treatment, Study Finds

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Tuberculosis persists in many patients after they receive drug therapies, while others relapse after being successfully cured of symptoms, a study published in Nature Medicine finds.

Patients with pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) are typically treated with several medications for a period of six months, and some longer. Through PET and CT scans, and by looking for the presence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis mRNA in patients during treatment, researchers discovered that TB lesions and the infecting bacteria can remain in the lungs long after treatment – even if M. tuberculosis can no longer be cultured from a sputum sample.

“This is very surprising: When we treat people with TB drugs, we don’t seem to always cure the infection, even if patients appear to be clinically cured,” said David Alland, a co-author and director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. “Therefore, the body must do the rest of the job. We need to find ways to stimulate the body’s immune system to find a faster way of killing TB.”

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Female Action Figures that Inspire Empowerment

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“The figurines, with nary a jutting bosom or shapely calf in sight, are based on a series of virtues – persistence, ingenuity, energy and courage – each accessorized with cape, boots, mask or other symbols of mastery.

They’re about as far from Disney princesses as it gets.

And that’s exactly what 1991 Rutgers graduate Veenita Bleznak has in mind each time she creates the latest in a new series of female action figures –  superheroes who encourage children to envision themselves as the strong and powerful centerpieces of their own narratives.

Bleznak is chief operations officer of IAmElemental, a fast-growing company whose products have taken the toy industry by storm, earning a place on Time’s list of the Top 10 Toys of 2014 and being featured in such diverse media outlets as Forbes, Oprah Magazine, the BBC World Service, NBC and The Boston Globe.”

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Senators Menendez, Booker Announce $3M for Rutgers Research on Coastal Climate Change Risk, Resilience

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“WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced that Rutgers University—New Brunswick has been awarded $2,999,055 in federal funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop research into the risks of climate change on coastal communities and their resilience to such threats.”

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What Does Science Say About the Five Second Rule?

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How badly do you want those fries?

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Smithsonian online magazine picked up a study from Rutgers about the “five second rule” – eating food off the floor apparently isn’t okay, even if it’s only been five seconds!

“This pillar of American folklore, the so-called “five-second rule,” is now under attack from scientists at Rutgers University.

Though the five-second rule may seem like a silly line of inquiry, food safety is a major health burden in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that every year, one in six Americans (roughly 48 million people) get sick from foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die.”

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Oscar Schofield, Scott Glenn and the Marine Team: A New World Underwater

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The Spanish vessel M/V Investigador approaches the Rutgers submersible robot glider Scarlet Knight off the coast of Spain in December 2009 after the glider completed its precedent-setting, 221-day underwater flight across the Atlantic Ocean. 

Nearly 20 years ago, Josh Kohut, a rising college senior, walked onto the ground floor of a revolution starting at Rutgers – the art and science of studying the world’s oceans, all at the same time.

Kohut got a summer job working for Scott Glenn, a marine scientist who was just starting to use a high-frequency radar designed to hug the surface of the ocean and “see” over the horizon.

It was one of several new technologies Glenn and his colleagues at Rutgers would go on to adopt and share with the world over the next two decades, forever changing the field of oceanography and the way scientists understand weather, marine life, and other related areas.”

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Rutgers Student-run “Hackathon”

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HackRU is a 24-hour hackathon at Rutgers University. We welcome hundreds of students to join us in building awesome software and hardware projects. Industry experts and mentors come from all over the country to foster an environment for learning through tech talks and one-on-one guidance. We encourage beginner and advanced hackers alike to challenge themselves and expand their skills.

For more information, please go here.