Science Cafe focuses on agriculture, livestock, horticulture

Dec 8, 2015

Beef and bees are the focus of UNMC’s latest Science Café.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska Medical Center is unveiling its new initiative that will use driving and vehicle simulators and black box devices to study the neurological sciences by assessing behavioral health in a realistic environment.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center recently received the “Community Engagement” designation by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Researchers at UNMC will study the genetic risk for nicotine dependence thanks to a $40,000 grant.

With the election past, UNMC is looking toward what impact the results will have on health care reform.

Enrollment at UNMC is at a record high this fall with 3,655 students, an increase of almost one-percent over last year.

A new report released by UNMC looks at the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.

A new biobank at UNMC will allow researchers access to a larger number of blood samples that aren't specific to any one disease. Dr. Jennifer Larsen, vice chancellor for research, says a biobank holds biologic samples to be used in future research. 

Currently, UNMC has several condition-specific biobanks. But this new biobank would contain blood samples obtained from individuals when they go to the doctor for a routine visit.

The director of UNMC’s Adult Cystic Fibrosis program says he’s excited about a new treatment called Kalydeco.

Dr. Peter J. Murphy says Kalydeco is a drug that specifically targets a certain class of genetic mutation that causes cystic fibrosis in some patients.  Cystic fibrosis is a disease that primarily affects the lungs, with thick secretions that may sometimes become infected and make it difficult for patients to breathe.  

UNMC rose in the 2013 US News and World Report rankings of the nation’s top medical schools.

Chancellor Harold Maurer says out of the 149 medical schools surveyed in the latest rankings, UNMC ranked sixth in primary care, up from seventh last year.  He says 83% of the students who attend medical school at UNMC are from Nebraska and many opt to work in the state when they finish school. 

Chancellor Maurer says he’s especially proud of the rural medicine program which tied for 12th this year, up from 15th last year.