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FAU Receives $1 Million Grant for Dementia Prevention
A $1 million grant from The Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation will establish the Comprehensive Center for Brain Health in FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine for a unique dementia prevention program.

June 22, 2017

Copaiba: Silver Bullet or Snake Oil?
Researchers caution that randomized trials are needed to discern whether treatment with the essential oil copaiba is effective or that it turns out to be "yet another beautiful hypothesis slain by ugly facts."

June 6, 2017

Method Tested at FAU First to Examine Dolphin Immune System
With the drastic increase in unusual dolphin strandings and deaths along the southeastern coast of the U.S. and elsewhere, finding specific antibodies to test and monitor their immune health is critical.

May 25, 2017

FAU Launches Nation's First M.D. Pipeline Program
"Signing Day" brought new meaning for four of the nation's brightest teens as they were officially accepted into an innovative medical school pipeline program through the "FAU High School M.D. Direct" program.

May 19, 2017

FAU Approved for Psychiatry Residency Program
FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine has received initial accreditation for a University-sponsored residency program in psychiatry, in collaboration with its member teaching hospitals.

May 9, 2017

Detecting and Treating Alzheimer's Disease at Home
FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing has received a grant to test a novel mechanism for early detection and treatment of Alzheimer's disease in the home setting in underserved communities.

May 1, 2017

FAU Confers M.D. Degrees to Class of 2017
It's official. The 61 members of the class of 2017 of FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine are now the nation's newest physicians.

April 28, 2017

Expanding Waistlines and Link to Metabolic Syndrome
For decades, American waistlines have been expanding and there is increasing cause for alarm. Researchers make the case that metabolic syndrome is the new silent killer and that the "love handle" can be fatal.

April 6, 2017

Smoking Risks and Need for Wider Use of Varenicline to Quit
More than 35 million Americans are trying to quit smoking. Experts reassure clinicians that varenicline is a safe and effective way to stop smoking and that not using this drug has caused needless deaths.

March 27, 2017

And the Envelope Please...It's a Match!
The soon-to-be graduates of FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine participated in a "rite of passage" during Match Day to learn where they will spend the next years of medical training as residents.

March 17, 2017

FAU Medical Students Inducted into AOA Honor Society
Ten students from Florida Atlantic University's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine were recently inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA), a national medical honor society.

March 14, 2017

FAU Brain Institute Commemorates 'Brain Awareness Week'
Headed by molecular neuroscientist Randy Blakely, Ph.D., FAU's Brain Institute is commemorating "Brain Awareness Week" (March 13-19) to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research.

March 13, 2017

New Device Could Rapidly Detect Zika Virus at Airports
About the size of a tablet, a portable device that could be used in many settings like an airport, may hold the key to detecting the Zika virus accurately, rapidly and inexpensively using just a saliva sample.

February 22, 2017

Marine Sponge May Provide Antibacterial Solutions for MRSA
A compound extracted from a deep-water marine sponge is showing potent antibacterial activity against the drug resistant bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus also called the "super bug."

February 8, 2017

FAU and Sancilio Team Up on Therapy for Inherited Blindness
Researchers from FAU and Sancilio and Company, Inc. are collaborating to develop a treatment for Retinitis Pigmentosa, an inherited disease that causes severe progressive vision impairment and blindness.

January 30, 2017

Experts Urge for Wider Prescription of Statins
Researchers from FAU and Harvard address the possible but unproven link between statins and diabetes and emphasize that the link to diabetes is questionable and inconsequential.

January 18, 2017

Chair Yoga Effective Way to Treat Osteoarthritis
The first study to examine the effects of chair yoga on pain and physical function in older adults with osteoarthritis is proving to be an effective way to reduce pain and improve quality of life.

January 11, 2017

Novel Study Demonstrates Role of Parkin Gene in Eye Lens
A new study at FAU is the first to demonstrate that the Parkin gene is turned on when cells are exposed to environmental insults that cause free radical formation and cataract formation.

December 13, 2016

Janet Robishaw to Lead Department of Biomedical Sciences
Janet Robishaw, Ph.D., a leader in functional and translational genomics, has been appointed as chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences in FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.

December 6, 2016

Former NBA Player Inducted into Halls of Fame
FAU's Schmidt College of Medicine's advisory board member and donor Jack Laub was recently inducted into the James P. Kelly University of Cincinnati Athletics Hall of Fame and the Brooklyn Jewish Hall of Fame.

November 16, 2016

Scientists Recreating Cancer-Fighting Sea Sponge Compound
FAU Harbor Branch scientists are researching ways to create a biosynthetic version of a compound found in a sea sponge that is very active against cancer cells.

November 15, 2016

Can a Toothpaste Save Your Life?
A study on a plaque identifying toothpaste has shown significant reductions in dental plaque and inflammation throughout the body. These findings support the premise of reductions in heart attacks and strokes.

October 19, 2016

Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Announced
Phillip Boiselle, M.D., a leader in thoracic imaging and innovation, will serve as dean of FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine effective in January 2017. He comes to FAU from Harvard Medical School.

October 13, 2016

Boynton Beach High Students Train at FAU Simulation Center
Students from Boynton Beach High School had the opportunity to experience what it's like to be a physician for the day as they learned how to respond to medical emergencies using simulation technology.

September 30, 2016

FAU's COM Affiliates with Local Jewish Academy for Medical Studies Program
Florida Atlantic University's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine has entered into an agreement with the Donna Klein Jewish Academy (DKJA) to create a Medical Studies Program.

September 27, 2016

Compound from Marine Sponge Reduces Pancreatic Tumor Size
A deep-water marine sponge that contains leiodermatolide has the ability to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and block cancer cells from dividing using extremely low concentrations of the natural compound.

August 18, 2016

Professor Awarded International Distinguished Fellowship
The International Academy of Cardiology recently awarded a distinguished fellowship to Charles H. Hennekens, M.D., Dr.P.H. in FAU's College of Medicine, for his contributions to cardiovascular medicine.

August 9, 2016

Grant Helps Health Center Expand Care for Patients in Need
FAU's Westgate Community Health Center has received a $600,000 grant from the Farris Foundation to increase access to nurse-led primary and mental care services for underserved populations.

June 28, 2016

Survival of the Fittest Sperm - New Device for Infertility
A researcher has developed a new device for assisted reproductive technology that can quickly, easily and cost effectively select only the healthiest sperm without causing DNA damage.

June 16, 2016

FAU Remembers Victims of Orlando Shooting
Florida Atlantic University is remembering the 49 victims and dozens injured in the recent Orlando mass shooting with a series of events at its Boca Raton and Davie campuses.

June 16, 2016

Engineered Protein May Be New Approach to Treat Cancer
FAU researchers have developed a group of proteins called tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases designed as specific inhibitors of selected MMP targets that could potentially treat osteoarthritis and cancer.

June 6, 2016

Professor Receives International 'Humanity in Science Award'
Waseem Asghar, Ph.D. received the award for his work on developing a new diagnostic biosensing platform that could be used to remotely detect and determine treatment options for HIV and other diseases.

June 2, 2016

FAU Approved for Surgery, Emergency Medicine Residencies
FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine has received initial accreditation for residency programs in general surgery and emergency medicine, in collaboration with its member teaching hospitals.

May 23, 2016

Physical Activity 'Magic Bullet' for Obesity, Heart Disease
Professors have evaluated the totality of evidence and conclude that regular physical activity has the closest resemblance to a "magic bullet" to fight the epidemic of obesity and cardiovascular disease.

May 16, 2016

Renowned Neuroscientist to Lead FAU's New Brain Institute
Randy D. Blakely, Ph.D., a renowned neuroscientist and leading expert in synaptic pharmacology, neurotransmitter transporters, and neurogenetics, is at the helm of the newly-formed FAU Brain Institute.

May 10, 2016

Fulbright Scholar Olga Bakina Graduates
Olga Bakina, a Fulbright scholar from the Ukraine, received her M.S. in biomedical science at FAU's graduation ceremony this morning. Bakina will be pursuing a Ph.D. at Helmholtz Zentrum in Munich, Germany.

May 6, 2016

Medical Students Become Nation's Newest Physicians
FAU's College of Medicine celebrated a long-anticipated day as it conferred the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degrees to 61 members of the class of 2016, making them the nation's newest physicians.

April 29, 2016

FAU Hosts First U.S. Clinical Trial for Lewy Body Dementia
There are currently no medications available to specifically treat Lewy Body dementia (LBD). FAU's College of Medicine is spearheading the South Florida site for the first U.S. clinical trial for LBD.

April 21, 2016

New Method to Preserve Device to Monitor HIV Treatment
Inspired by pregnancy tests, scientists have developed a method to store microfluidic devices for months without refrigeration, giving developing countries an inexpensive and reliable way to treat patients.

April 13, 2016

INTERACT Contributes to Fewer Nursing Home Hospitalizations
Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers or INTERACT(TM) was implemented in phase I of The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' initiative to reduce avoidable hospitalizations for nursing home residents.

March 21, 2016

Medical Students Match 100 Percent for Residencies
The soon-to-be graduates in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine participated in "Match Day" to learn where they will be spending the next several years of medical training as residents.

March 18, 2016

FAU Receives $1.2 Million to Develop New Stroke Treatment
A biomedical scientist has received a $1.2 million grant from the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program, Florida Department of Health, to develop a new and innovative approach to treat stroke.

March 15, 2016

FAU Hosts Pre-Health Professions Day
Pre-Health Professions Day is an opportunity for FAU undergraduates, graduates, and the community to talk with admissions representatives from health-related graduate and professional programs.

March 15, 2016

Future FAU Nurse Practitioners to Head to Guatemala
Twenty-two registered nurses studying to become nurse practitioners in FAU's Lynn College of Nursing will join professors on a trip that will transform their lives and how they think about providing healthcare.

February 11, 2016

NIH Awards $2.8 Million to FAU Researchers and Collaborators
Researchers will work to define the mechanisms governing how cells decide whether to become a mature cell or whether to die. Their work will shed light on how to make transplantable tissues to cure diseases.

February 4, 2016

FAU's Schmidt College of Medicine Announces Interim Dean
Arthur J. Ross III, M.D., M.B.A., has joined FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine as interim dean. Ross also will spearhead the national search for a permanent dean over the next several months.

February 2, 2016

U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch Visits College of Medicine
U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch visited Florida Atlantic University's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine to meet and discuss health policies and the changing health care system with medical students.

January 22, 2016

FAU Receives NIH Grant to Develop Esophageal Cancer Stent
A bioengineer at FAU will develop a novel biodegradable polymer stent that will be designed to prevent complications while at the same time serving as a drug delivery system for esophageal cancer therapy.

January 19, 2016

Study Shows Benefits of Regular Mammograms Extend to Elderly
A new study shows that black and white women ages 75 to 84 years who had an annual mammogram had lower 10-year breast cancer mortality than corresponding women who had biennial or no/irregular mammograms.

January 6, 2016

Novel Mechanism Identified in Cells in Close Proximity
FAU researchers are the first to show that cells in close proximity to each other can sense when a cell is dying due to environmental stressors like UV light and smoke, and eat the cell before it becomes toxic.

December 15, 2015

Study Shows 45 Percent Increase in Death by Law Enforcement
An FAU analyses of nationwide data on individuals who were killed as a result of legal intervention or law enforcement in the U.S. between 1999 and 2013, shows a 45 percent increase mostly among non-whites.

December 1, 2015

First-year FAU Medical Student Wants to Make a Real Impact
Benjamin R. Childs is not a typical first-year medical student. Before coming to FAU, he was in real estate finance, taught at a public school in Harlem, and volunteered as an EMT for Central Park Medical Unit.

November 19, 2015

Severe Mental Illness, High Diabetes Risk and Scarce Testing
FAU neuroscientist John W. Newcomer, M.D., co-authored a new study that showed patients with severe mental illness, who are two to three times more likely to have type 2 diabetes, rarely get tested.

November 12, 2015

FAU Neuroscientist Shares Myths and Truths About Alzheimer's
James E. Galvin, M.D., M.P.H., has developed eight myths and truths about Alzheimer's disease to shed light on this form of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.

November 12, 2015

FAU-University MRI Announce Research Partnership
FAU and University MRI have entered into a joint research agreement to propel the University's focus in the neurosciences and provide researchers with access to the newest imaging technologies available today.

November 5, 2015

Three-Minute Test Detects Common Form of Dementia
An FAU neuroscientist has developed a new test that can assess clinical signs and symptoms of Lewy Body dementia, a common form of dementia that's difficult to diagnose, with 96.8 percent accuracy.

October 26, 2015

Honors College Student Achieves 99th Percentile on MCAT
Senior Kendyl Stewart recently placed in the 99th percentile among Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) takers -- an astonishing accomplishment that has opened the doors to many new opportunities.

October 22, 2015

Former Israel Surgeon General Yitshak Kreiss to Visit FAU
Yitshak Kreiss, M.D., an internationally renowned leader in disaster, emergency and humanitarian medicine and former Israel Defense Forces surgeon general, will visit Florida Atlantic University.

October 21, 2015

FAU Offers Free Hearing Screenings
Florida Atlantic University's Department of Communication Science and Disorders will host free hearing screenings in honor of National Audiology Awareness Month.

October 12, 2015

Bioinspired Robotic Finger Advances Prosthetics Technology
Most robotic parts used today are rigid, have a limited range of motion and don't look lifelike. Inspired by nature and biology, a robotic finger designed at FAU looks, feels and works like the real thing.

October 8, 2015

Project Enhances Teamwork Among Varied Health Professions
FAU and Boca Raton Regional Hospital have partnered on a unique project to eliminate barriers between healthcare disciplines and build crucial communication and teambuilding skills to support collaboration.

October 6, 2015

First Study on Hard-to-treat Depression in Older People
About half of older adults don't respond to first-line medication for depression. A new study shows that adding a second drug to treatment with an antidepressant medication alone helps many of these patients.

September 30, 2015

New Technology to Monitor Blood Disorder With a Smart Phone
A researcher has a unique way to monitor sickle cell disease using a smart phone, and will develop a portable smart sensor and a phone application for patients to analyze and store their blood test results.

September 22, 2015

FAU's Medical School to Work with
FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine will work with to combat the narcotic prescription drug epidemic using novel approaches for treatment, prevention and education programs.

September 9, 2015

Sobering Statistics on Physical Inactivity in the U.S.
Researchers have published a commentary in the American Journal of Medicine that stresses how lack of physical activity in Americans poses important clinical, public health and fiscal challenges for the nation.

September 2, 2015

Neuroscientist Develops New, Rapid Dementia Screening Tool
Determining whether or not an individual has dementia and to what degree is a long and laborious process that can take an experienced professional such as a clinician about four to five hours to administer.

August 17, 2015

Study Shows Lack of Meaning in Life Linked to Addiction
A commonly used treatment in addiction is the 12-step model developed in the 1930s. Yet, surprisingly, there is no clear understanding about how to nurture spirituality among people struggling with addictions.

August 17, 2015

Researcher Sheds Light on Bilingual Development in Children
A professor of psychology at FAU provides important information that should help clinicians as they assess bilingual children and advise their parents.

August 17, 2015

FAU Celebrates Summer 2015 Commencement
Florida Atlantic University conferred more than 1,700 degrees on August 4 during three commencement ceremonies in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium on the Boca Raton campus.

August 7, 2015

New Medical Students to Receive First Doctor's White Coats
FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine will celebrate its fifth White Coat Ceremony as it officially welcomes the incoming class of 2015 on Friday, Aug. 7 at 4 p.m.

August 5, 2015

FAU Pre-med Student and Surgeon Collaborate on New, Alternative Procedure to Radical Mastectomy
Elizabeth Hopkins, an aspiring physician and FAU student, has spent more than 640 hours shadowing Hilton Becker, M.D. In 2014, she had a double mastectomy as a preventive measure, using a revolutionary procedure developed by Becker that is an alternative to radical mastectomy.

August 3, 2015

FAU Awarded $2.1 Million to Study Effectiveness of Medication for Schizophrenia
FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine was recently awarded a $2.1 million, two-year contract by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc. to conduct a study to examine the effectiveness of an injectable long-acting antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia and its impact on 30-day hospital readmission rates.

June 30, 2015

FAU Implements University-Wide HeartMath Training
Florida Atlantic University is the first university nationwide to institutionalize HeartMath training for its faculty, staff and students.

June 25, 2015

Leading Neuroscientist at FAU Available as Expert on Alzheimer's Disease and Other Forms of Dementia
Every 67 seconds someone is the United States develops Alzheimer's disease or some form of dementia. It's the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and it's the only cause of death in the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed.

June 15, 2015


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