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18 July 2016: Heat-stable Ebola Vaccine

Soligenix, Inc. (OTCQB: SNGX), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products to treat rare diseases where there is an unmet medical need, announced today positive preliminary proof-of-concept results from its collaboration with Axel Lehrer, Ph.D., an Assis…

21 June 2016: A Novel Mole-borne Hantavirus

Following multiple failed attempts, a previously unrecognized hantavirus, designated Dahonggou Creek virus (DHCV), was detected in archival frozen tissues of a long-tailed mole (Scaptonyx fusicaudus), captured in Shimian County, Sichuan Province, People’s Republic of China, in August 1989. Analyses …

07 June 2016: Position Available: Research Support (Senior Research Associate)

Works closely with the Department Chair to ensure there is adequate staff support for the supervision and maintenance of the Departmental teaching and research facility at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM).

Monitors and maintains laboratory records, ensuring compliance with safety…

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Recent Publications
Tropical Medicine and Health, 2016, Dahonggou Creek virus, a divergent lineage of hantavirus harbored by the long-tailed mole (Scaptonyx fusicaudus).
Kang HJ, Gu SH, Cook JA, Yanagihara R.

Novel hantaviruses, recently detected in moles (order Eulipotyphla, family Talpidae) from Europe, Asia, and North America would predict a broader host range and wider ecological diversity. Employing RT-PCR, archival frozen tissues from the Chinese shrew mole (Uropsilus soricipes), broad-footed mole …

Toxins (Basel), 2016, Experimental assays to assess the efficacy of vinegar and other topical first-aid approaches on cubozoan (Alatina alata) tentacle firing and venom toxicity.
Yanagihara AA, Wilcox C, King R, Hurwitz K, Castelfranco AM.

Despite the medical urgency presented by cubozoan envenomations, ineffective and contradictory first-aid management recommendations persist. A critical barrier to progress has been the lack of readily available and reproducible envenomation assays that (1) recapitulate live-tentacle stings; (2) allo…

Toxins (Basel), 2016, Heated debates: hot-water immersion or ice packs as first aid for cnidarian envenomations?
Wilcox CL, Yanagihara AA.

Cnidarian envenomations are an important public health problem, responsible for more deaths than shark attacks annually. For this reason, optimization of first-aid care is essential. According to the published literature, cnidarian venoms and toxins are heat labile at temperatures safe for human app…

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Seminars & Events
23 August 2016, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Ralph M. Garruto, Ph.D.

Modeling Reservoir, Vector, Spatial and Human Behavioral Risk of Lyme Disease in Fragmented Ecospaces within Built Environments

29 June 2016, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pramila Walpita, Ph.D.

Mammalian Cell-derived Virus-like Particle (VLP) Vaccine Platform

20 June 2016, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Jerome H. Kim, M.D.

Discover, Develop, Deliver: Work on Vaccines for Global Health at the International Vaccine Institute, Seoul

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09 September 2016, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Mahdi Belcaid, Ph.D.

An Introduction to Molecular Phylogenetic Inference

29 June 2016, 12:00 PM
Lisa Bellemare, Ph.D.

Multicolor Flow Cytometer Seminar: Optimizing Performance and Experimental Design for Multicolor Panel

01 March 2016, 10:00 AM
Robert Durruthy-Durruthy, Ph.D.

Molecular and Cellular Immunology Core and Fluidigm Corporation Seminar: Single Cell Genomics Cutting Edge Microfluidic Tools Defy the Law of Averages by Enabling Resolution at the Single Cell Level

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Recent Grants
NIH/NIAID, R01AI119185 Defining a Protective Ebola Vaccine in Non-human Primates
08/28/2015 - 07/31/2019
Hawaii Community Foundation, 15ADVC-75878 West Nile Virus NS2B-NS3 Heterodimer as a Potential Target for Antiviral Drug Development
07/15/2015 - 01/14/2017
Department of Defense, U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisitions Administration, W81XWH-15-R-0015 US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) Requirement to Develop, Produce and Deploy MAGPIX-Based Immunoassays
07/13/2015 - 07/12/2017
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