Virginia Tech receives $2 million grant for STD research

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Technology center receives gonorrhea research grant

Virginia Tech’s Center for One Health Research has received nearly $2 million for gonorrhea research.

Gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease contracted by about 100 million people each year worldwide, and increasingly the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae is resistant to existing antibiotics, according to a release from Virginia Tech.

Mohamed Seleem, director of the Center for One Health Research at Virginia Tech, said that even if an effective new antibiotic was found in the lab right now, it would likely be the late 2030s before it hits the market.

Seleem, Tyler J. and Frances F. Young endowed chair in bacteriology at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dan Flaherty, associate professor of medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Purdue University, are the principal professors for a $3 million grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for ongoing studies on how to reuse existing drugs to fight Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

The Center for One Health Research portion of the grant is $1.9 million. The center is a collaboration between the Veterinary College and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine and follows the philosophy that animal health, human health and the environment are intertwined, encouraging professionals in these fields to work together to improve health. overall.

By repurposing existing drugs, one can hope to bring new drugs to market that can fight gonorrhea much faster than the 15 years that often elapse between laboratory discovery of a new antibiotic and a marketable product.

Specifically, Seleem’s group, including postdoctoral researchers Nader Abutaleb and Ahmed Elhassannyhas, found that certain diuretics, such as acetazolamide, show promise in fighting gonorrhea.

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Chuan Hong, professor of plant pathology at Virginia Tech School of Plant and Environmental Sciences. Courtesy of Virginia Tech

Boxwood blight group wins USDA award

The Boxwood Blight Insight Group (BBIG), led by Virginia Tech, received a partnership award from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture in the category Program improvement by the global commitment.

The group of researchers and collaborators from across the country, with partners around the world, was led by Chuan Hong, professor of plant pathology at Virginia Tech School of Plant and Environmental Sciences.

The group studied the emerging destructive boxwood blight disease, which has destroyed entire crops and caused significant economic losses to garden centers and production facilities, as well as to many historic boxwood plantations. Over the past three years, scientists have collaborated with colleagues in Germany, Belgium and the UK on the best ways to mitigate the spread of boxwood blight.

Symptoms of blight include black, cloudy spots on the leaves, which often enlarge and cover the entire leaf, causing it to fall from the plant.

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Danville CC Hosts a Walk-In Financial Aid Workshop

Danville Community College will be hosting a Financial Aid Walk-In Workshop on Wednesday, November 16 from 4-6 p.m. at Wyatt 111 on the DCC campus. Participants will have the opportunity to apply for support for the Spring ’23 and Fall ’23 semesters.

“Students who do not want to complete the form on their own or who feel intimidated by the process can come to our office on November 16.e with their 2020 (for Spring 23) and 2021 (for Fall 23) tax returns and we can walk them through the process,” Financial Aid Director Angela Turner said in a statement. “Since we are running our Financial Aid Workshop in tandem with our Wednesday drop-in event in Student Services, those looking to get started at DCC can come and apply, register for classes, and do their application for financial assistance in a single visit. at our campus. Even those who simply want more information about what we offer are welcome to come and gather information about the process.

The DCC Student Services team, along with the TRIO EOC office, will be offering walk-in services on November 16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., plus five additional Wednesdays in November, December. , and January, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The school will also offer walk-in services on November 30; December 7, 14 and 21; and January 4.

Registration for Spring ’23 classes opened November 1, and the FAFSA for the ’23-’24 academic year became available for submission October 1 of this year.

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