State Relations

May 14, 2014

News Roundup: Monkey hearts, UW spinouts & innovations, Dental care for kids, and more!

Scientists regenerate heart muscle in primates – Health Sciences NewsBeat

In a major advance, researchers at the University of Washington have successfully restored damaged heart muscle of monkeys using heart cells created from human embryonic stem cells.

$31M gift will fund early stage UW research by high-tech entrepreneurs – UW Today

The funding will be used to hire new faculty, attract competitive postdoctoral researchers and enhance facilities and infrastructure. The goal is to boost the UW’s contribution in these high-need research areas and encourage spinout companies among involved researchers. Two of the labs, the Clean Energy Institute and Institute for Protein Design, both recently received state support from the Legislature and Governor Inslee.

A reason to smile: Washington leads nation in access to dental care for low-income kids – PSBJ

Washington leads the country in the percentage of babies and preschoolers from low-income families getting dental care. UW School of Dentistry and the ABCD program in Spokane is mentioned.

UW developing pill for gluten intolerance, other innovations – KING 5 News

You could call it an adult science fair: University of Washington entrepreneurs and students displayed new ways to reboot damaged hearts, save lives in the E.R. and prevent severe reactions to gluten.

UW Libraries Receives Historical Society Award

The University of Washington Libraries Special Collections has been awarded the Washington State Historical Society’s David Douglas Award for the documentary Grays Harbor Happenings:The Newsreels of C.D. Anderson. Read more.