Tag Research

UW-Madison launches Microbiome Initiative

January 10, 2017

Recent studies have shown that the complement of microorganisms known as the microbiome is an important determinant of human health and disease.

Byzantine skeleton yields 800-year-old genomes from a fatal infection

January 10, 2017

Researchers discovered extraordinarily well preserved microfossils — mineralized ‘ghost cells’ — that closely resembled bacteria from the genus Staphylococcus.

More frequent hurricanes not necessarily stronger on Atlantic coast

January 4, 2017

Active Atlantic hurricane periods, like the one we are in now, are not necessarily a harbinger of more, rapidly intensifying hurricanes along the U.S. coast, according to new research performed at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Immunotherapy team harnesses cellular systems to fight diseases

January 4, 2017

A dedicated army of UW–Madison researchers is perfecting how to use immunotherapy and searching for new ways to do so.

Fossil fuel formation: Key to atmosphere’s oxygen?

December 30, 2016

“Why is there oxygen in the atmosphere?" asks researcher Shanan Peters. The high school explanation is 'photosynthesis.' But we’ve known for a long time ... that building up oxygen requires the formation of rocks like black shale."

Heat-activated penile implant might restore sexual function in men with E.D.

December 28, 2016

Brian Le, a UW urologist with a background in materials science, estimates that the device — if it continues to reach its research milestones — could come to market in five to 10 years.

Ocean temperatures faithfully recorded in mother-of-pearl

December 16, 2016

Mother-of-pearl or nacre (pronounced nay-ker), the lustrous, tough-as-nails biomineral that lines some seashells, has been shown to be a faithful record of ancient ocean temperature.

Report shows much room for improvement in Wisconsin’s health

December 16, 2016

The report by researchers at the UW Population Health Institute gives Wisconsin a grade of B– for overall health, and warns that we are falling behind other states.

Novel catalysts improve path to more sustainable plastics production

December 2, 2016

The second most-produced organic chemical in the world, propene is a key component of plastics found in consumer goods such as electronics, clothing and food packaging.

Magnetic brain stimulation can bring back stowed memories

December 1, 2016

The lab of Brad Postle, a psychology professor at UW–Madison, is challenging the idea that working memory remembers things through sustained brain activity.

Study shows many lakes getting murkier, but gives hope for improvement

November 30, 2016

While water clarity in most Wisconsin lakes has not changed in 20 years, researchers say the fact that more lakes are getting worse signals there is work to be done.

Food scientist aiding fuel ethanol with new engineered bacteria

November 28, 2016

James Steele’s new company, Lactic Solutions, is advancing a judo-like remedy: using genetic engineering to transform enemy into friend.

Cancer signaling pathway could illuminate new avenue to therapy

November 23, 2016

The study could establish new avenues of therapeutic treatments for many types of solid tumors.

Nurses keep hospital patients moving with help from UW researchers

November 22, 2016

UW–Madison School of Nursing researchers set out to get hospital patients on their feet and walking — movement that could drastically change the shape in which they leave the hospital. They found success in a 13-week pilot study with the help of nurses in a unit at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.

New research looks at fallout from posting embarrassing moments on social media

November 16, 2016

While social media sites may offer positive opportunities to engage with friends, share information and expand our social networks, these online platforms may also become a place where past mistakes, missteps, or embarrassing moments become fodder for discussion in the public domain.