When Sindhu Ravishankar first came to N.C. State University four years ago to major in biology and international studies, she thought she might like to become a doctor. But by the time she met a boy in South Africa, a different future – one spent addressing community health through anthropology research – was unfolding.
The mosquito-borne virus that causes an estimated 300 million dengue fever infections each year is considered one of the world’s biggest health threats. But thanks to a discovery by CALS biochemists, a promising vaccine is in the pipeline.
The chief executive officer of the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention has joined the North Carolina State University faculty.
The Plants for Human Health Institute will receive funding through the Grand Challenges Explorations program designed to enable researchers to test unorthodox ideas that address persistent health and development challenges.
Fruit fly aggression is correlated with smaller brain parts, involves complex interactions between networks of important genes, and often cannot be controlled with mood-altering drugs like lithium. Those are the results of a painstaking study conducted by researchers at N.C. State University and colleagues in Belgium.
Dr. Allan Brown, a researcher with N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus, is leading a team that is sequencing the blueberry genome. A major step toward understanding the genetic information of the blueberry, the research is expected to yield new discoveries in both medical and agricultural research.
Dr. Anita Flick, director of health professions advising, had planned to take a group of students to Haiti this summer, but political conditions there prevented the group from making the trip. Yet Flick was able to arrange a trip to Nicaragua, where students and medical professionals offered medical and dental care in a rural community.
Student volunteers help low-income, low-resource parents and their children learn about the importance of good nutrition and healthy eating through a program called Nutrition NUTS. Developed by Suzie Goodell, assistant professor of food, bioprocessing and nutrition sciences, Nutrition NUTS (which stands for “Nutrition Understanding Through Service”) focuses on obesity prevention.
For the first time publicly, N.C. State and Rutgers University will disclose information about a major new development that allows health-protective anthocyanins and other fruit components to be naturally concentrated in a shelf-stable, low calorie, highly nutritious and good-tasting food product.
The program is a partnership between Cooperative Extension and the N.C. Division of Public Health’s Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch.