September/October 2018
Marcel Daadi, Ph.D.
Marmosets can Serve as an Effective Animal Model for Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease
In an attempt to gain a better understanding of the chemical brain changes that take place in Parkinson's patients which create symptoms like sleep disturbances and changes in circadian rhythm, researchers with the Southwest National Primate Research Center conducted a study using small, New World monkey called marmosets. The animals were fitted with Fitbit-like devices to monitor their activity and sleep cycle. Scientist Marcel Daadi, Ph.D., published a study in the journal PLOS One which showed marmosets mimic non-motor Parkinson's symptoms very well, making them a potentially useful model for testing therapeutics. 

New Video Highlights Unique Assets and Innovative Research on Texas Biomed Campus

Ebola virus disease garnered national attention in 2014 with the largest outbreak in human history, while tuberculosis has been around for centuries and still lacks a high functioning vaccine and treatments are arduous and don't always work.

These are just two examples of high containment diseases impacting our world that require breakthrough discoveries using sophisticated science. At Texas Biomed, our high containment laboratories -- combined with the Southwest National Primate Research Center -- give us a unique leg up to find new diagnostics, treatments and cures for some of the world's biggest health threats. Click here to watch our newest video about the groundbreaking work that goes on inside our Biosafety Labs.
The Research Support Services team is led by Eduardo Meza (second from left).
Our Scientists Collaborate with Outstanding Administrators who set a High Bar for Others Around the Country

The National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), the premiere association for professionals in the field of research administration, has published an article submitted by the office of Research Support Services at Texas Biomed.

The article describes culture and team-building practices implemented with the arrival of the Director, Eduardo Meza, in January 2016. These practices have produced a high performing team embracing efficiency, effectiveness, accountability and customer service. The purpose of Research Support Services is to help researchers and their collaborators with proposal submission, award management and compliance. They minimize the administrative burden so scientists can focus on science!
Jordi Torrelles, Ph.D, spoke at the Founder's Council Luncheon.
Talks at The Argyle Draw Crowds

In sharing our science with our donors, Texas Biomed is committed to providing interactive presentations on important health topics. This month, Manasi Tamhankar, Ph.D., gave her presentation "The Buzz about Zika: New Cautionary Research" as part of our TOM Talk series. Scientist Jordi Torrelles, Ph.D. told the Founder's Council about his innovative tuberculosis research. Thanks to everyone who attended!

The next TOM Talk is Oct. 8, 2016 when Dr. Larry Schlesinger, Texas Biomed President and CEO will speak about the Institute's new ten-year plan in a discussion called "Driven by the Desire for Discovery." 

Listen! New Podcasts
Victoria McFarland helps prepare food enrichment.
Munchies for Monkeys and Baboon Brain Scans
It takes time, money, and lots of creative effort to make sure these animals have everything they need to thrive. Listen to this podcast to learn about all of the ways we keep more than 2,000 nonhuman primates healthy and ready to be part of our important biomedical research.

Also, what does it take to peer inside baboon brains?Click here to listen and learn more about our National Institutes of Health funded study focuses on the creation of a baboon animal model for neuropsychiatric disorders.

Wendy Rigby
Media and Communications Specialist
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