Watch Elon Musks Boring Company control its giant tunnel digging machine with

Elon Musk’s Boring Company is currently developing more advanced tunnel digging technology for its upcoming new mass-transit projects in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Maryland.Now the company is teasing its latest giant boring machine being operated by an Xbox controller. more… Source: Charge Forward

Bill Ford confirms 2020 hybrid F150 teases electric pickup

Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine Bill Ford, Executive Chairman of the Ford Motor Company, recently gave a speech to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Rouge, the historic auto plant that he called “the heart of Ford,” and the place “where the industrial revolution took hold.”Mr. Ford says the Rouge is “as environmentally progressive as heavy manufacturing can be,” with a living roof and extensive recycling programs in place. “We recycle enough aluminum to build another 400,000 F-Series truck bodies each year.”The Rouge has seen some changes in the auto industry, and it’s going to see a lot more. “Our business is changing in dramatic ways,” said Bill. “Everything from how we build our cars, to what they run on, to the way we buy them, hail them, or even drive them at all.”One big change that’s coming soon: a hybrid pickup truck. “I am excited to confirm that the revolutionary 2020 Ford F-150 Hybrid will be built right here,” said Ford. “It’s going to be a truck that takes you farther without sacrificing power and a truck that helps you do more when you get there, with electricity for everything from your tools to your camping gear.”“And then we’ll keep innovating,” Ford continued. “When it comes to building the best trucks in the world, we never rest. Whether they’re gas, diesel, hybrid – or when the time comes, fully electric – we will ensure they power the world in a sustainable way and remain Built Ford Tough.” Source: Ford via Green Car Congress read more

Tesla launches new Gloss Black Wall Connector

Tesla is launching a new charging accessory today: a new Gloss Black Wall Connector for Model S, Model X, or Model 3. more…The post Tesla launches new Gloss Black Wall Connector appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forward

Curtiss unveils two new insane electric motorcycle versions that go 060 mph

first_imgSource: Charge Forward While the 2018 EICMA Milan Motorcycle show doesn’t begin until tomorrow, Curtiss Motorcycles is getting a jump on everyone. Today, they just unveiled two new versions of their super high power electric motorcycle known as Zeus. more…The post Curtiss unveils two new insane electric motorcycle versions that go 0-60 mph in 2.1s appeared first on Electrek.last_img

Tesla EV Batteries Explained In This Exclusive Expert Interview

first_imgEverything you ever wanted to know about Tesla and EV batteries right here.Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img

Tesla Model 3 aces crash test sets new safety technology benchmark

first_imgThe European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) has released safety and crash test results for new vehicles, including the Tesla Model 3, which set a “new safety technology benchmark”, according to the organization. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast. post Tesla Model 3 aces crash test, sets ‘new safety technology benchmark’ appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

The development of EV battery testing

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on July 12, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine TEST DURATION The testing of a battery system has many aspects that are traditionallytime-consuming.  Batteries, even cellsalone, have high thermal masses, but many testing procedures target carefullycontrolled temperatures. Aging tests are focused on aspects, which by theirnature, take time for trends to develop. To quickly achieve reliable results with minimal effort, it’s necessaryto both (1) providefeedback on the development process early in the design cycle, and (2) accommodate changes that are driven into the battery systemfrom outside components. The ability to combine physical testing with virtualsimulation, in parallel, reduces the wait time for the right test conditions andthe need for a physical test object to be present.  For example, AVL’s tools and methodologies givetest engineers the ability to emulate the thermal system of the entire vehicle.The emulation allows the battery to be tested at extremes in the controlledenvironment of a laboratory. This reduces the amount oftime it takes to determine the right combination of driving, charging, andenvironmental conditions during on-road testing. After the test, the testbed can be reset tothe desired starting temperature within minutes and the next test can begin. By using the automation system, all of this canbe achieved around the clock without supervision.  Frontloading of thermal development tasks increases lab safety and allows non-standard test conditions to be shifted from the road to the testbedTEST QUALITYThe quality of the test results is more than an accuracy spec. It dependson how well the test procedure has been adapted to the component usage and theability of the test equipment to emulate the interfaces of a given component. AVL works with customers to understand the planned test procedures to developa testbed capable of meeting current and future demands. If necessary, AVL may createnew test specifications to match component use cases. As a result, AVL canharness a broad foundation of data and experience that can flow into thedevelopment of new test methods and test specifications.Managing test data is another important aspect of test quality. The data generated during battery tests can be easily communicated and change-managed to run battery representative models to test the propulsion system—whether it be the dynamometers for drive testing, or the emulator for detailed inverter development. These controls reduce human error—and overcome the challenges of exchanging Excel sheets through email and engineers wondering if they still have the most recent version. A focused concept of a battery lab, including the ability of components to seamlessly work together, greatly improves the generation of valid data. With a strong understanding of customer test processes, AVL provides complete turnkey test solutions for in-house battery testing—from conceptualizing customer-specific battery laboratories to supporting customers to save in-house resources during installation and equipment maintenance. For example, the AVL line of bi-directional power supplies, known as E-STORAGE, provides testing solutions from the cell to the full pack level. AVL’s line of test chambers and safety systems are specifically designed for battery testing and are rated for up to EUCAR 6 hazard level and work seamlessly with the battery testbeds. Finally, it is all tied together with the automation system AVL LYNX 2, which allows for easy scripting and safe, monitored automation while providing integration with databases, calibration management systems, and customer specific models as needed.  AVL Lynx 2 integrates different components and equipment for automated testingTESTBED UTILIZATIONDevelopment vehicles, test cells, and talented engineers are all in veryhigh demand. Making the most of these resources is the key to meeting tightdevelopment timing while producing reliable products. AVL is committed to bringingelectrification testing from the road to the lab, to shorten tests, improvereproducibility, and apply automation and standardization of testing.  Through a combination of real-world testing and real-time modelling,driveability calibrations can be verified in the safety and reproducibility ofthe lab with reduced test times and increased productivity. AVL has adapted themethod used to auto-calibrate conventional powertrains to calibratedriveability aspects specific to electric vehicles. With this process in placeat AVL’s global battery labs, its battery testing facilities run electrical andthermal testing of batteries, modules, and cells and associated components inautomated test cells around the clock. This allows customers to easilytransplant testing from AVL test labs to in-house test facilities, seamlesslyaccommodating your testing needs.Example of an AVL Battery test facility where customers can run electrical and thermal testing of batteries, modules, and cells and associated components in automated test cells around the clockSUMMARYThe existing state of battery testing offers significant potential for optimization. Applying the knowledge gained from customer experiences, AVL provides the tools to fit the uniqueness of each customer, allowing them to do what they do best: make their product great. Sponsored by AVLcenter_img Sponsored by AVLHigh voltage batteries, a key component of electrified powertrains, play a critical role in future mobility concepts. Coupled with one or more electric drives, the integrated propulsion system determines driveability, package flexibility, and other brand-defining DNA. Similarly, the costs and robustness of a battery also contribute to the success of e-mobility. To address the increasing importance of batteries, a deeper look at battery development test procedures is needed.Many battery test methods that are used today evolved from one for lesscomplicated electrical components; these are not always applicable to modernbatteries, the interdependence of the battery on the vehicle design, nor theincreasing time pressures on the development cycle. As a result, batterytesting has become a time-consuming and cost-intensive process. This raises thequestion: Where is the potential for optimization? To answer this question, an investigation into existing test proceduresregarding development time and testbed utilization efficiency is needed. AVL’steam of engineers combined its engineering services and independent developmentof test labs to provide a broad view of the challenges faced.WHAT DOES BATTERY TESTING FOCUS ON? The development of a battery for propulsion systems has many conflicting targets: (1) performance degradation, (2) energy density, (3) power, safety, integration, service and service procedures, (4) the overall driving and ownership experience, (5) cost, and of course, (6) physical packaging. A vehicle battery must pass many tests before reaching productionmaturity. These tests range from abuse and misuse safety testing to cellperformance, life, thermal, BMS development (including self-diagnosis), andenvironmental exposure. This wide range of testing is further complicated by:Evolving application of batterysystems in products of established or new brands.Rapid change in the fundamentalunderstanding of the technology itself.Compression of DV and PV testing. To increasethe efficiency of the battery testing process, the industry must focus on threekey factors:Test duration Test quality Testbed utilizationlast_img read more

HarleyDavidson LiveWire Debuts At Goodwood Video

first_imgHarley-Davidson LiveWire made an appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img

Tom Melsheimer is Superman

first_img Password Lost your password? Username He’s brash, bold and paid nearly $1,000 an hour. But he will always be known for the Cuban motion . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content.center_img Remember me Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.last_img

Fisher Phillips Launches New Practice Group Includes Two Texas Lawyers

first_img Username © 2014 The Texas Lawbook.By Brooks Igo – (Aug. 13) – Labor and employment firm Fisher & Phillips recently announced the creation of a new government solutions practice group. Two of the firm’s attorneys in Texas – Joseph Gagnon of Houston and Robert Kilgore of San Antonio – will be a part of the new practice.Gagnon and Kilgore join 24 other attorneys nationwide in the new practice group, which the firm says will focus on labor and employment legislation and regulations in areas such as workplace discrimination, employee privacy, employee compensation, unionization and . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Password Lost your password?center_img Remember me Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.last_img

Andrews Kurth Elects 20142015 Policy Committee

first_img Username Password Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook. Remember mecenter_img Twenty-five of the 29 lawyers on the committee practice are listed as practicing out of at least one of the firm’s Texas offices . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Lost your password?last_img

We Need Choices

first_imgby, Dr. Bill ThomasTweetShareShareEmail0 Shares26 Convivium in a Green House Project home.It is a privilege to engage in a debate with a person as thoughtful and accomplished as Australia’s Ray Glickman. He’s a boomer and I agree that he has earned the right to be contrary— and so have I! That said, I will start with a point of agreement. Ray writes…I hate the nanny-state approach that infantilises older people. I hate the fact that aged care delivery is focused on managing risk rather than enabling people to live the second half of life they want.This is a pretty good indictment of conventional practice on both sides of the globe. The people who work in this profession are wonderful, the system they work within– is terrible.Ray goes on to assert…I suspect we are kidding ourselves if we believe that there shouldn’t be any nursing homes in the future. Do we really think that all older people are going to be in a position to jump into the driver’s seat of the Lamborghini or leap out of an aeroplane in their wheelchairs?This is an “either or” fallacy doing double duty as a “straw man” argument. Do I think the real choices people face will be between conventional nursing home and skydiving? No I do not.In fact, I am advocating for a future where older people and their families (including people who are living with chronic health conditions, palliative needs and serious cognitive impairment) have a range of choices available to them. People who have real choices rarely if ever choose to be placed into an institution. Ten years ago, I was fortunate enough to receive backing from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Capital Impact Partners to pioneer a radical alternative to institutional nursing homes — The Green House Project. We built it, we tested it, and we proved elders can receive skilled care in a true home.A generous reading of the “Baby Boom’s” most important contribution to contemporary society is its enduring endorsement of the power of choice to create a better future. We live in a world that gives us far more choices in every aspect of our lives. We even have far more flavors of ice cream than ever before. The time has come to launch a revolution in aging services that gives elders more choices and caregivers more opportunities.If I am lucky, I will be invited to attend the closure of the last nursing home in the Australia. The speakers on that day will surely praise the skill and compassion of the people who worked there for so many decades. Then the lights will be switched off and the doors will be locked. Like the poorhouse and workhouse before it, the nursing home’s time will have passed and few will grieve its passing.Related PostsThe Green House Project at The White House Conference on AgingThe Green House Project’s landmark approach to skilled nursing care will be highlighted at the White House Conference on Aging.Live Grow Thrive: Green House Model Promotes GrowthPosted without comment (nuff said): AARP Bulletin | January 10, 2011 By Sally Abrahms Jan Cassidy Wood and her siblings knew that if their older brother Jack Cassidy ever needed long-term nursing care, it would fall to them to find it. He was unmarried and lived alone, and since childhood…Real Care NowI am excited to announce the launch of the Real Care Now social networking campaign to advance person-centered approaches to long term care at Real Care Now is a partnership between my blog,, and the Picker Institute, the leading foundation advancing person-centered health care, and the Erickson School…TweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: Care Partner evermore green house project Innovation nursing home rwjflast_img read more

Imricor to present results from MRIguided cardiac ablation study at Heart Rhythm

first_imgMay 9 2018Imricor Medical Systems announced today that the results from the clinical study to evaluate Imricor’s Vision-MRTM Ablation Catheter for the treatment of atrial flutter under real-time MRI guidance will be presented this week at the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) conference in Boston. Philipp Sommer MD will present the study results on Saturday, May 12 at 9:00 am ET at the Boston Convention Center during the Magnetic Resonance-Guided Electrophysiological Interventions session.The single-center study enrolled 35 patients and was sponsored by the University of Leipzig Heart Center in Leipzig, Germany. Professor Gerhard Hindricks MD, Head of the Department of Electrophysiology at the Helios Leipzig Heart Center, was the principal investigator. Results from the study will be submitted to support the CE mark approval process for the Vision-MR Ablation Catheter. Publication of study results to follow later this spring.Imricor’s Vision-MR Ablation Catheter, when used with the Advantage-MRTM EP Recorder/Stimulator System, allows physicians to perform cardiac ablations under MRI guidance, offering a radiation free environment for patients and physicians. Intraprocedural MR imaging allows for real-time soft tissue imaging of the cardiac anatomy and substrate. This has the potential to improve first-time success rates of ablation procedures by providing lesion visualization and verification. In addition, real-time assessment of the cardiac substrate has the potential to allow physicians to deliver individualized ablation strategies.To learn more about the study and Imricor’s devices for real time MRI-guided ablations, visit us at HRS 2018 at booth 242.Source: read more

Researchers trigger natural defense mechanism to alleviate intestinal inflammation

first_imgMay 31 2018Treating inflammatory diseases of the bowel is extremely challenging: Genes, gut microbes and disrupted immune function all contribute. Weizmann Institute of Science researchers are proposing a way around this complexity. In a study in mice, published in Cell Reports, they have found a way to trigger a natural defense mechanism that prompts the body itself to alleviate intestinal inflammation.The study, led by veterinarian Dr. Noa Stettner, who is also a PhD student in the lab of Dr. Ayelet Erez in the Biological Regulation Department, focused on nitric oxide (NO), a signaling molecule involved in a variety of biological processes. Scientists have long tried to determine what role NO plays in such inflammatory conditions as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, but NO alleviated intestinal inflammation in some circumstances and promoted it in others.Related StoriesTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerMetabolic enzyme tied to obesity and fatty liver diseaseThe Weizmann researchers hypothesized that the paradoxical findings might arise because NO has different effects in different types of cell in the gut. They genetically engineered mice to block NO production exclusively in certain types of cells: either in the cells making up the inner lining of the gut or in immune cells. They found that the symptoms of a colitis-like disease got worse when NO synthesis was blocked in the gut cells; but they improved when NO was blocked in immune cells, particularly in large cells called macrophages.The scientists concluded if inflammatory bowel diseases are treated by raising NO levels, it may cause side effects in cells outside the gut lining. Stettner, with the help of collaborators at the Weizmann Institute and elsewhere, set out to develop a method for boosting NO production only in the gut lining cells.They relied on Erez’s earlier finding that an enzyme called ASL that is responsible for the making of the amino acid arginine, the raw material from which the body manufactures NO. The researchers turned to two natural substances: fisetin, which is present in apples, persimmons and strawberries elevated ASL levels, and citrulline, found in watermelon, beets, and spinach increased ASL activity.The two supplements, when given together, promoted the manufacture of NO exclusively in cells of the inner lining of the gut. Most important, in mice, the symptoms of an inflammatory disease in the gut improved significantly.The treatment also had a beneficial effect on colon cancer, which is known to be aggravated by gut inflammation. In mice with tumors of the colon, intestinal inflammation subsided and their tumors decreased in number and size after receiving the supplements.If this approach is shown to raise NO levels in the inner lining cells in humans, it may help treat inflammatory bowel diseases ? and potentially even colon cancer. The fact that it makes use of over-the-counter nutritional supplements should facilitate its implementation. Source: read more

Health burdens of very high risk drinking are potentially large study reveals

first_img Source: Jul 18 2018In an Addiction Biology study, the estimated prevalence of very high risk drinking level (VHRDL, defined as drinking >100 g of ethanol per day) in 13 European Union countries was 0.74-0.85 percent, with a risk of disease or injury of 13.5 per 100 people with VHRDL per year.In an additional analysis in 9 European countries, VHRDL caused 53.6 percent of all liver cirrhosis, 43.8 percent of all pancreatitis, and 41.1 percent of oral cavity and pharyngeal cancers. Applying these findings to French mortality data resulted in a life expectancy of 47-61 years for people with VHRDL, which is 21-35 years less than the general population.These results indicate that the health burdens of VHRDL are potentially large, and interventions targeting VHRDL should be considered when formulating public health policies.”Public health seems to have overlooked people with very high drinking levels and seen them primarily as a small minority who should be helped clinically in the health care system. However, a more systematic analysis shows that marked burden of disease is associated with this drinking pattern in Europe, and more comprehensive policies should be considered,” said lead author Dr. Jürgen Rehm, of the Institute for Mental Health Policy Researchat the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, in Canada.last_img read more

New opioid prescription control framework is a funhouse mirror image of prior

first_imgJul 25 2018A rise in addiction and overdose deaths involving opioids in the United States has spurred a series of initiatives focused on reducing opioid risks, including several related to prescription of opioids in care of pain.In a critical analysis of U.S. opioid policy, published today in Addiction, University of Alabama at Birmingham Professor Stefan Kertesz, M.D., and University of Utah Professor Adam Gordon, M.D., describes the swing in U.S. policies from encouragement of opioid prescribing to today’s increasingly rigid restrictions as simplistic responses to a complex human challenge.”Neither the policies of yesterday nor those of today can be entirely rational,” Kertesz explained. “The scholarly literature tells us that is reality. Our task was to explain how our collective irrationality has changed over time when it comes to opioids.”The paper lays out some of the factors that lead policymakers to look for easy answers to complex problems, including pain and addiction. Most importantly, they have limited resources, time and attention. The result, they write, is that insurers, legislators and other regulators are influenced by “highly-informed advocates who can sway policy by predigesting data in ways that often reflect their own interests.”Coming at a time when the United States reels from more than 64,000 drug overdoses and lawsuits have been filed against drug manufacturers, the article may prove controversial.In the paper, Kertesz and Gordon criticize reckless overprescribing as one of several factors that contributed to a U.S. addiction crisis. But, they say the typical narrative that unscrupulous drug companies duped physicians and innocent patients is simplistic. It neglects most efforts to understand how and why people use drugs or the communities from which they come. It presents doctors and patients as victims, rather than as people who also made decisions they may regret today.Further, they argue, a simplistic narrative has led to simplistic policy responses, where controlling prescriptions has come to look like the easy answer. They cite two major reports from 2017 that called for opioid prescribing restrictions. Both touched on addiction treatment, but neither demanded new funds to pay for treatment.Related StoriesOpioids alone cannot be blamed for growing life expectancy inequality in the U.S.Parental opioid use doubles the risk of suicide attempts by their childrenOpioids are major cause of pregnancy-related deaths in UtahThe result is a situation in which opioid prescriptions are “subject to an array of conflicting, high-stakes imperatives from an alphabet soup of regulators, employers and payers” who see reducing prescriptions as an easy numeric target, and very often the only target worth pursuing. They praise a 2016 Guideline on prescribing opioids from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention but note that it has been turned into a weapon against patients with pain, many of whom are now seen as liabilities by pharmacies, insurers and doctors.”We have been doing addiction care, education and research for over 20 years. We know the harms done by reckless opioid prescribing. Opioid prescribing influenced by financial gain, corporate influence or by just poor doctoring are real concerns,” Gordon said. “But, we have also personally witnessed and otherwise appreciated an increasingly brutal effort to reduce prescriptions and reduce doses, without patient consent or in a non-patient-centric way. That’s wrong, too.”The authors described a policy shift from minimizing pain scores as the “5th Vital Sign” to minimizing “milligrams prescribed” (i.e., opioids).”The new prescription control framework is a funhouse mirror image of the prior monopoly,” Kertesz wrote in the new piece. “What was virtuous under the prior regime was to chase a number -; the pain score -; using opioid prescriptions, even as naysayers pointed out that people were being harmed. What is virtuous under the new regime is to chase new numbers -; opioids prescribed -; even as naysayers point out other people harmed.”The authors concluded by calling for enhanced systems of care for vulnerable populations. They favor restraint in starting opioids and greater efforts not to traumatize the patients who currently receive them.Kertesz and Gordon are internal medicine physicians who have focused their research and clinical work on the primary care of patients with addiction and other vulnerabilities. Source: read more

Study Many pediatric brain tumor survivors do not achieve complete independence as

first_img Source: Aug 10 2018In the first study of its kind, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators have found that more than half of pediatric central nervous system tumor survivors do not achieve complete independence as adults.The findings, published online today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, show that cognitive impairment and physical performance limitations are strong predictors of non-independence in survivors.The study also means survivorship is at a level where late effects can be studied.”Survival rates have improved dramatically over the past several decades,” said corresponding author Tara Brinkman, PhD, an assistant member of the St. Jude Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control and the Department of Psychology. “Unfortunately, we know that survivors are not achieving personal and professional milestones consistent with what we would expect healthy young or middle-aged adults to attain.”Brinkman looked at six aspects of independence in more than 300 survivors, including employment, independent living, marital status, assistance with routine or personal care needs, and the ability to drive.”We wanted to see how these markers clustered together among survivors to generate different profiles of independence,” Brinkman said. “Three groups emerged.”About 40 percent of survivors were classified as independent, which means they’ve achieved independence consistent with societal expectations. Another third was non-independent and required the most assistance. Brinkman categorized the remaining survivors as moderately independent, indicating they were able to do some things an adult is expected to do, but were not fully independent.Related StoriesAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussion”We then looked at predictors of group membership,” Brinkman said, “specifically, treatments that could predict the group of survivors who weren’t able to achieve independence.”Aggressive therapies including cranial spinal radiation, younger age at diagnosis, and hydrocephalus with shunt placement were strong predictors of non-independence. Cognitive impairment was the strongest predictor of non-independence.Conversely, in the moderately independent group, physical performance limitations, including problems with strength, aerobic capacity, and the ability to perform adaptive physical functions were associated with non-independence. Cognitive impairment was not a factor.”For several decades with this population, we’ve focused on optimizing survival rates,” Brinkman said. “Now that five- and 10-year survival is being realized, we want to maximize that and promote survivors’ independence.”Intervening with survivors earlier may help them achieve the highest possible physical and mental levels.”Screening for cognitive and physical performance deficits earlier in the course of survivorship will help us identify patients who may be on this trajectory toward non-independence,” Brinkman said. “Identifying survivors at-risk early on would then allow us to intervene and potentially mitigate the adverse outcomes in adulthood.”​last_img read more

Experts launch unique knowledge sharing project to tackle flooding in Peru

first_img Community and economic development Health and wellbeing Urban planning Infrastructure Risk information Governance The Piura River system Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Aug 31 2018Experts from Birmingham City University have launched a unique knowledge sharing project aimed at tackling flooding in one of the world’s most flood-prone countries – Peru.The international collaboration brings together Peruvian universities, and academics from UK institutions with the aim of supporting vulnerable communities living in high-risk zones across Peru.The initiative was launched after Birmingham City University flooding experts Professor David Proverbs, Roger Wall and Michael Grace successfully secured funding to travel to Peru and host a four-day workshop with groups of experts and researchers, with the aim of improving the South American country’s resilience to flooding.Based in the northern Piura region of Peru, attendees visited some key flooding hotspots and explored how changes to engineering, urban and rural planning, and government policy could help prevent flooding and improve response times in emergency situations.Working alongside the Instituto Geofísico del Perú (IGP), the Universidad de Puria and the Governor of the Piura Region, the scheme hopes to equip officials with new ideas and kick-start a major overhaul of research into the issue, as well as influence future policy.Improved approaches to flood risk management could save lives and prevent the devastation which has seen hundreds of thousands left homeless in recent years.The project will also see a detailed report produced to inform future policy in Peru which could provide vital protection for the country’s most vulnerable communities.Peru has experienced numerous incidents of severe flooding, most recently experiencing extreme conditions and mudslides in 2017, which saw many people killed and hundreds of thousands of people left homeless.The workshops focussed on seven key themes which could help transform Peru’s approach to flooding: Birmingham City University’s academics have spent twenty years researching flood risk management approaches across the globe in a bid to help reduce the risk of flooding and support communities in preparing for the impact of such incidents.center_img Professor David Proverbs, Associate Dean for International at Birmingham City University, said: “Flooding represents a significant hazard in this region of Peru and it was great to bring together this international and multi-disciplinary team of experts together to help develop innovative approaches to improve future resilience.”The exciting proposals developed during the workshop could lead to a step change in the adoption of integrated approaches to living with flooding and towards the development of collaborative, co-produced solutions.”Professor Proverbs has pioneered the development of flood recovery in the UK having worked on a number of government funded projects and most recently provided a leading contribution to the latest UK Climate Change Risk Assessment.The new international collaboration has been funded through the British Council Newton Fund Researcher Links programme and has been supported by the British Council, the Newton Trust and the British Embassy.Following the launch of the project, the academics produced a number of key outputs which will be carried out to help progress towards the aim of improving flood resilience and reactiveness in Peru, including: A detailed report on managing flood risk in Peru to create future improvements Supporting the work of new researchers in Peru who will be able to help support the implementation of new ideas or policies New academic articles which will serve as legacy documents Ongoing contact with Peruvian officials.last_img read more

ALSAM Foundation invests additional 2 million for drug discovery and development projects

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Sep 20 2018The ALSAM Foundation recently invested an additional $2 million to continue the Therapeutic Innovation Grants Program at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.The funding supports a second phase of grants for projects focused on drug discovery and development.David Ross, PhD, chair of the CU Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and associate dean of research at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy, is leading the school’s efforts to identify new drug therapies and bring them to market quicker than ever before by supporting talented faculty.Related StoriesSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchSurvey: Slow adoption of new technology is impacting pharmacy servicesScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid research”This support from The ALSAM Foundation is critical to our success,” Ross said. “By allowing us to award grants to the best ideas at CU, we are able to support innovative approaches to identify the next generation of drugs to transform patient care.”The Therapeutic Innovation Grants Program encourages collaboration between the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and the CU BioFrontiers Institute in Boulder as well as faculty throughout CU Anschutz.By awarding grants to researchers who build an interdisciplinary team from the CU School of Pharmacy, the BioFrontiers Institute at CU Boulder and from across the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, this fund will jumpstart some of the most transformational ideas at CU today.”The ALSAM Foundation’s generosity is fueling our innovative efforts and supporting high risk, high reward ideas in the laboratory,” said CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean Ralph Altiere, PhD. “We are so grateful for their longtime partnership.”Some of the current active research areas include novel drug discovery efforts including high throughput and computational approaches, informatics and systems genetics, RNA-based therapeutics, immunotherapy and precision medicine. Source: read more