News in 2015

Five Questions with: Peter Belenky
Peter Belenky is assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Brown University. He was the lead author of a recent study on the surprising complexity of antibiotic functionality in the journal Cell Reports. The paper is part of the worldwide effort to prevent the efficacy of antibiotics from descending to dangerously low levels.

Environmental Journal: Thwarting deadly bat disease the focus of Brown lab
Much of the attention has gone to the "Batlab," where researchers in the psychology department study the small mammalian creatures in flight to understand how they use sonar to avoid obstacles in their path. More recently, Brown engineers and biologists with a mutual interest in the mechanics of how bats fly so nimbly teamed up to build a robotic bat wing.


Scientists at Brown University studying fungus killing bats

Researchers in Rhode Island may be one step closer to figuring out how a mysterious disease known as white-nose syndrome is killing off bats across North America.  A team of scientists led by Brown University professor Richard Bennett was awarded more than $500,000 from the National Science Foundation to figure out how to combat the disease, named for the white fungus that appears on the noses and wings of bats.

New Strategies against rare, fatal lung syndrome

People with certain forms of the rare genetic disorder Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome face the specter of untreatable, progressive and ultimately fatal pulmonary fibrosis in their 30s or 40s. A new study in humans and mice identifies how the disease appears to work and demonstrates in mice two potential ways to affect its course.

Rhode Island Scientists Receive $500K to Study Dying Bat Populations

Rhode Island researchers have received $500,000 in federal grant money to investigate a fungus that’s killing native bats. The mysterious illness has attacked bats across North America.


Study Finds Inhibitor for COPD Lung Destruction
Newly published observations in patients and experiments in mice provide evidence that cigarette smoke reduces expression of the protein NLRX1 in the lung, taking the restraints off a destructive immune response that results in COPD. The researchers hope that pinpointing the protein’s role could lead to improved COPD risk assessment, diagnostics, and treatment.

Biron Honored with Talk at Immunology Meeting

Christine Biron, professor of medical science, is one of three people who have been invited to deliver a distinguished lecture at the American Association of Immunologists annual meeting in New Orleans this week. The meeting draws thousands of researchers from more than 40 countries.