2018 NEWS

MAY

Great Strides Walk Raises Over $13,000 for CF Research

Jessie Scott and Katie Price, a current and former trainee at Dartmouth, were two of the lead organizers for the Hanover Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides walk on May 5 at the Storr's Pond Recreation Area. Seven teams participated including the Dartmouth Lung Biology Center, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Care Team, and five family teams. Together they raised over $13,000 for Cystic Fibrosis research and care!

APRIL

Researcher George O'Toole Publishes Paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

The formation of bacterial communities known as biofilms can negatively impact patient health in a variety of clinical settings, including for patients with CF, due to the high antibiotic tolerance of these biofilms. A better understanding of how these communities form may help prevent their establishment before they enter their antibiotic-tolerant state. A recent collaborative study by the lab of Lung Biology Center member George O'Toole, along with collaborators at UCLA and Oxford University, provides new insight into early events in biofilm formation. This study showed that Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an important CF pathogen, uses the signaling molecule cAMP as a sort of "bacterial memory". Short interactions with a surface by Pseudomonas aeruginosa primes the cells for future attachment events the next time the cell encounters a surface (for example, a medical implant or tissue), thus facilitating biofilm formation. Link to article, Multigenerational Memory and Adaptive Adhesion in Early Bacterial Biofilm Communities.

MARCH

Applied Bioinformatics & Environmental Genomics Classes in July 2018

Applied Bioinformatics and Environmental Genomics Classes, offered by MDI Biological Laboratory in collaboration with the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program, will be held in July 2018. More information and application instructions.

FEBRUARY

Dartmouth Lung Biology Group Receives CFF Community Spirit Award

The Dartmouth Lung Biology Group was awarded the Community Spirit Award at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for our Great Strides Kickoff Event last spring. The Lung Biology Team's Kickoff Event encouraged graduate students in Dartmouth Lung Biology labs to express their thesis in arts and crafts to be displayed at the Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis walk and generated enthusiasm and team spirit for the walk. The event was organized by Jessie Scott and Katie Price.

JANUARY

James Bliska to Lead Dartmouth Cystic Fibrosis Research Cluster

Noted molecular biologist James Bliska, PhD, is joining the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth as a Distinguished Professor in Microbiology and Immunology and senior lead faculty member of the Personalized Treatments for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Cluster, a cross-Dartmouth group of investigators established to develop innovative, personalized medicine and treatments for CF and lung infections caused by opportunistic pathogens. For additional information.

Paper Chosen as Best Research Paper of January

The paper Lumacaftor (VX-809) restores the ability of CF macrophages to phagocytose and kill Pseudomonas aeruginosaby was selected as the best research paper of January by the American Journal of Physiology: Lung, Cell and Molecular Physiology. The article is co-authored by Dartmouth Lung Biology Center Director Bruce Stanton, Stanton lab members Roxanna Barnaby, Katja Koeppen and Thomas Hampton, as well as others from the Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

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2017-2018 Weekly Lung Biology Seminar Series Sponsored by Lung Biology Center

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Applied Bioinformatics & Environmental Genomics Classes in July 2018

Applied Bioinformatics and Environmental Genomics Classes, offered by MDI Biological Laboratory in collaboration with the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program, will be held in July 2018. More information and application instructions.