News Archive

May 25, 2017 Zika infections could be factor in more pregnancies

“It’s sobering," says researcher Ted Golos. "If microcephaly is the tip of the iceberg for babies infected in pregnancy, the rest of the iceberg may be bigger than we’ve imagined.” Read More

March 15, 2017 Researchers make headway toward understanding Alexander disease

The new finding by the UW-Madison Waisman Center could change the way scientists think about and try to solve the rare, fatal disease. Read More

February 27, 2017 Study shows stem cells fiercely abide by innate developmental timing

Scientists from the Morgridge Institute for Research and UW-Madison are studying whether stem cell differentiation rates can be accelerated in the lab and made available to patients faster. Read More

February 21, 2017 Listeria may be serious miscarriage threat early in pregnancy

Listeria makes about 1,600 Americans sick each year — a relatively small number, but a group heavy on newborn babies and older adults with undeveloped or weak immune systems. Read More

February 17, 2017 From mice, clues to microbiome’s influence on metabolic disease

The microorganisms that reside in the gut work in tandem with the genes of a host organism to regulate insulin secretion, a key variable in the onset of diabetes. Read More

February 9, 2017 UW–Madison statement on USDA online records access

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is committed to ethical and humane animal research as scientific knowledge and discoveries improve the health and well-being of human and nonhuman animals. Federal regulation and the oversight of agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institutes of Health are crucial to the careful conduct of that research. USDA has removed… Read More

February 2, 2017 UW scientists find key cues to regulate bone-building cells

The prospect of regenerating bone lost to cancer or trauma is a step closer to the clinic. Read More

January 17, 2017 Calorie restriction lets monkeys live long and prosper

Settling a persistent scientific controversy, a long-awaited report shows that restricting calories does indeed help rhesus monkeys live longer, healthier lives. Read More

January 12, 2017 Former UW geneticist, Nobel laureate Smithies dies

Much of the work for which Oliver Smithies shared the Nobel was performed at UW-Madison, where he was a professor from 1960 to 1988. Read More

December 22, 2016 UW–Madison statement on animal care records

In December, the University of Wisconsin–Madison provided a set of records to Michael Budkie, an Ohio-based animal rights advocate, in accordance with Wisconsin public records law. Budkie requested all “reports of adverse events or unforeseen outcomes” involving animals in research reported to UW–Madison committees that oversee the care of animals in research and teaching from the beginning of 2015 to… Read More

December 9, 2016 UW Shelter Medicine, WVDL assist with cases of influenza in shelter cats

Thirteen cats in a New York City shelter have tested positive for influenza A. One of them has died. Read More

November 23, 2016 Gut’s microbial community shown to influence host gene expression

The upshot of the study is another indictment of the so-called Western diet, high in saturated fats, sugar and red meat. Read More

November 15, 2016 Morgridge–UW project investigates tissue-engineered arteries for transplant

The prospect of creating artery “banks” could transform treatment of many common heart and vascular ailments. But it’s a big leap from concept to reality. Read More

October 19, 2016 Madison startup advances three-in-one cancer drug rooted at UW

The first target for Co-D is angiosarcoma, a rare and lethal cancer that arises from blood vessels. Read More

September 21, 2016 Stem cell ‘heart patch’ moves closer to clinic

The promise of stem cells to treat cardiovascular disease may soon be a step closer to overcoming the last big hurdle before trials in human patients. Read More

September 20, 2016 UW–Madison statement on the USDA investigation process

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), one of two federal agencies responsible for enforcement of the federal laws that regulate animal research, are reviewing the procedures and documentation for care of animals in research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. USDA veterinary medical officers visit UW–Madison and other university campuses several times a year for inspections of… Read More

September 13, 2016 Study finds a key to nerve regeneration

Researchers have found a switch that redirects helper cells in the peripheral nervous system into "repair" mode. A new study suggests tactics that might assist recovery after physical injury. Read More

September 8, 2016 Nadine Connor named to interim post for research policy and compliance

Connor will oversee many facets of research policy on campus, including human subjects and animal research. Read More

August 5, 2016 UW-Madison spinoff gets FDA OK for bacteria-killing wound dressing

Microlyte, patented by Imbed Biosciences, will compete in the $2 billion market sector of "advanced wound dressings," which are used to treat ulcers, burns, bedsores and other difficult wounds. Read More

August 4, 2016 Botulinum toxin may travel further than expected in nerve cells

Two specific toxins — including the popular drug Botox — have multiple uses for treating many neuromuscular conditions, including frown lines, disabling muscle spasms and migraine headaches. Read More

July 18, 2016 Macular degeneration insight identifies promising drugs to prevent vision loss

In tests on mice, drugs that are already on the market prevented damage to the cells that sustain the light-sensitive cells in the eyes. Read More

July 1, 2016 Benign bacteria block mosquitoes from transmitting Zika, chikungunya viruses

The bacteria could present a “novel biological control mechanism,” aiding efforts to stop the spread of Zika virus. Read More

June 28, 2016 Monkey study shows Zika infection prolonged in pregnancy

Researchers have shown that one infection with Zika virus protects against future infection, though pregnancy may drastically increase the time the virus stays in the body. Read More

June 10, 2016 Epigenetics researcher named Pew scholar in biomedical sciences

Peter Lewis is one of 22 biomedical scientists to win the award, meant for researchers with outstanding promise in science relevant to human health. Read More

June 1, 2016 Novel mouse model sheds new light on autism spectrum disorder

These sorts of studies cannot be performed in humans, hence the need to develop and study mouse models. Read More

May 23, 2016 New strategy could yield more precise seasonal flu vaccine

The new approach would better forecast the naturally occurring mutations that help seasonal flu virus dodge vaccines. Read More

May 18, 2016 Panda poop study provides insights into microbiome, reproductive troubles

Gastrointestinal diseases are a major cause of mortality in pandas but scientists understand little about their digestive process. Read More

May 12, 2016 Gene regulatory mutation linked to rare childhood cancer

This basic knowledge of a specific cancer is essential to start drug testing, says researcher Peter Lewis. Read More

April 28, 2016 Cell transplant treats Parkinson’s in mice under control of designer drug

Su-Chun Zhang and co-first authors Yuejun Chen and Man Xiong grew the specialized nerve cells from human embryonic stem cells. Read More

March 31, 2016 UW Shelter Medicine, veterinary diagnostic lab find canine influenza transmitted among cats

Just one cat tested positive in the U.S. last year, but it now appears the virus can replicate and spread from cat to cat. Read More

March 23, 2016 Remembering late UW-Madison Zoology Professor Jack P. Hailman

Hailman was a professor emeritus of zoology and well-known experimentalist and animal behaviorist. His UW-Madison career spanned 30 years. Read More

March 17, 2016 Single brain cells reveal genes controlling formation, development

The exploratory analysis may open a new window on understanding complex disorders like autism. Read More

February 24, 2016 Nature: Zika researchers release real-time data on viral infection study in monkeys

University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers studying Zika virus in monkeys are making their data publicly available on a daily basis, hoping to help with research and public health decision playing out around the world. Read More

February 11, 2016 Wisconsin researchers transform common cell to master heart cell

If replicated in human cells, the feat could one day fuel drug discovery, powerful new models for heart disease and the raw material for treating diseased hearts. Read More

February 10, 2016 UW–Madison researchers begin work on Zika virus

Very little is known about the virus even though more than 50 years have passed since it was discovered in the Zika Forest in Uganda. Read More

February 4, 2016 Researchers hone in on why female newborns are better protected from brain injury

A protein found in the brains of mice is present at higher levels in females, which offers them stronger protection against one type of injury. Read More

January 25, 2016 Pluripotent stem cells offer blood ready for preclinical trials

When the body has a low blood cell count, it can have trouble fighting off infection. But transfusible blood products may be in the not-so-distant future. Read More

January 19, 2016 Study illuminates war between the sexes: fruit fly edition

New research from the Laboratory of Genetics pinpoints the effect on reproduction of a female's ability to masquerade as a male. Read More

January 12, 2016 Lung cell found to act as sensor, regulator of immune response

The cells are implicated in a wide range of human lung diseases, including asthma, pulmonary hypertension, cystic fibrosis and sudden infant death syndrome, among others. Read More

December 10, 2015 When brain metabolism dips, desire goes up in monkeys on ‘female Viagra’

As “the female Viagra” comes to market, researchers are learning more about how the drug affects the brain. Read More

December 10, 2015 When brain metabolism dips, desire goes up in monkeys on ‘female Viagra’

As the drug touted as "the female Viagra" comes to market, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are learning more about how the drug, called flibanserin, affects the brain. Read More

November 9, 2015 Antibody targets key cancer marker; opens door to better diagnosis, therapy

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have created a molecular structure that attaches to a molecule on highly aggressive brain cancer and causes tumors to light up in a scanning machine. In mouse models of human brain cancer, their tag is easil... Read More

November 9, 2015 UW neuroscientists describe brain chemicals that create PTSD response

A new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientists shows how stress chemicals reshape the brains of rodents, research that could lead to better treatments for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read More

November 6, 2015 Drug protects fertility and may prolong life in chemo-treated mice

A University of Wisconsin-Madison physician and her research team have shown that a heart medication can prevent ovarian damage and improve survival in adolescent mice after chemotherapy. The treatment also increased the number of their healthy offspring. Read More

October 23, 2015 Deadly fish virus still present in Wisconsin lake

In May 2007, hundreds of freshwater drum - also known as sheepshead - turned up dead in Lake Winnebago and nearby Little Lake Butte des Morts, both inland lakes near Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The fish were splotched with red and their eyes were swollen and bulging. Read More

October 22, 2015 $20 million grant powers game-changing Internet access effort

A global effort to create a new computer ecosystem that is easily accessible to people with disabilities, senior citizens and others with special needs is set to become reality through a $20 million federal grant to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Read More

October 7, 2015 Compound doubles up on cancer detection

Tagging a pair of markers found almost exclusively on a common brain cancer yields a cancer signal that is both more obvious and more specific to cancer, according to a study published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (P... Read More

September 28, 2015 Model brain tissues could replace animal tests

UW–Madison stem cell scientists and biomedical engineers can grow three-dimensional models of brain tissue that could replace animals in screening studies that test the toxicity of chemicals such as new drugs, according to a study published this month in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers were able to coax stem cells into differentiating into several different types of… Read More

September 2, 2015 Ned Kalin wins Anna-Monika Prize for neuroscience research

Ned Kalin, chair of psychiatry at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, will receive a major award this week at a conference in Amsterdam for his work in uncovering the signature of anxiety and depression in the brain. Read More

September 2, 2015 Flu study, on hold, yields new vaccine technology

Vaccines to protect against an avian influenza pandemic as well as seasonal flu may be mass produced more quickly and efficiently using technology described today (Sept. 2) by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the journal Nature Com... Read More

August 31, 2015 Sustainable nanotechnology center lands new $20 million contract

The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, a multi-institutional research center based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has inked a new contract with the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will provide nearly $20 million in support over the next five years. Read More

August 13, 2015 Apes may be closer to speaking than many scientists think

Koko the gorilla is best known for a lifelong study to teach her a silent form of communication, American Sign Language. But some of the simple sounds she has learned may change the perception that humans are the only primates with the capacity for spe... Read More

August 11, 2015 Proposed ban on fetal tissue would halt lifesaving research, scientists say

A bill before the State Assembly aimed at banning the scientific use of fetal tissue would halt work that could alleviate or end the suffering of innumerable patients struggling with diseases from Alzheimer’s to viral infections, scientists from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the Medical College of Wisconsin and Wisconsin’s biomedical community told state legislators at […] Read More

July 28, 2015 New method for early pregnancy detection reduces reliance on mice in research

Animal-based research has led to nearly every major medical advancement in recent history. And mice, because they are very similar to humans in terms of genetics and biology, have played a vital role in studies on a range of diseases, from cancer to birth defects. Read More

July 28, 2015 News coverage of inherited anxiety study

Earlier this month, a new study from the Department of Psychiatry and the HealthEmotions Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison of an extended family of monkeys provides important insights into how the risk of developing anxiety and depression is passed from parents to children. Read More

July 13, 2015 Cancer discovery links experimental vaccine and biological treatment

A new study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has linked two seemingly unrelated cancer treatments that are both now being tested in clinical trials. Read More

July 6, 2015 Brain imaging shows how children inherit their parents’ anxiety

In rhesus monkey families - just as in their human cousins - anxious parents are more likely to have anxious offspring. Read More

July 2, 2015 Fueled by nanoparticles, new catalyst does more with less platinum

Platinum is a highly reactive and in-demand catalyst across the chemical and energy industries, but a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgia Institute of Technology scientists could reduce the world's dependence on this scarce and expensive metal. Read More

June 30, 2015 Decoding the past, one item at a time

Eighteenth-century handwriting may be elegant, but it isn’t always legible. However, a team of UW-Madison students has “decoded” a historic ledger for the Smithsonian’s American Enterprise exhibit, bringing to life a unique record of American life 250 years ago. Read More

June 30, 2015 Art history students turn shopkeeper’s ledger into Smithsonian exhibit

A class of history students and their professor, Ann Smart Martin, are celebrating the July 1 opening of the American Enterprise exhibition at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., which was researched and curated by the UW-Madison team. Read More

June 10, 2015 Fragile X proteins involved in proper neuron development

Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited intellectual disability and the greatest single genetic contributor to autism. Unlocking the mechanisms behind fragile X could make important revelations about the brain. Read More

June 1, 2015 UW-Madison startup offers antibiotic alternative to animal producers

A University of Wisconsin-Madison animal scientist has developed an antibiotic-free method to protect animals raised for food against common infections. Read More

May 27, 2015 Helping in the fight against avian flu

Avian influenza has made headlines in Wisconsin and several other states in recent weeks. The University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (WVDL) are on the front line in responding to and understanding the virus and providing critical testing for food producers and commercial and private flock owners. Read More

May 26, 2015 A new kind of wood chip: collaboration could lead to biodegradable computer chips

In an effort to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has collaborated with researchers in the Madison-based U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) to develop a surprising solution: a semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood. Read More

April 7, 2015 Two receive awards for research to benefit children

Two University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have received three-year Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards to support research into fungal disease and therapy for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read More

March 26, 2015 Ebola whole virus vaccine shown effective, safe in primates

An Ebola whole virus vaccine, constructed using a novel experimental platform, has been shown to effectively protect monkeys exposed to the often fatal virus. Read More

March 17, 2015 Science Expeditions opens doors to UW-Madison research March 20-22

Science Expeditions, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s 13th annual science open house, will open the doors of dozens of campus attractions — and the expertise of scores of researchers — to thousands of curious visitors March 20-22. Read More

March 12, 2015 Pilot study results guide changes to anxiety research

March 12, 2015 Over the last year, University of Wisconsin–Madison research into the biological underpinnings of anxiety has drawn a great deal of interest — largely due to the researcher’s plan to incorporate infant monkeys raised apart from their mothers. Results from a pilot study have led Ned Kalin, psychiatry professor and lead investigator, to a change that plan. Read More

March 10, 2015 Move over Mozart: Study shows cats prefer their own beat

As more animal shelters, primate centers and zoos start to play music for their charges, it’s still not clear whether and how human music affects animals. Now, a study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that while cats ignore our music, they are highly responsive to “music” written especially for them. The study is online at Applied Animal Behaviour Science. Read More

February 2, 2015 Laying a foundation for treating ALS, spinal cord injury

Su-Chun Zhang, a professor of neuroscience and neurology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center, and his research team have published a unique model for learning more about the role of human astrocytes today in the Journal of Clinical In... Read More

January 30, 2015 Learning lessons by following Madison’s foxes and coyotes

Last year, a family of foxes — complete with roly-poly kits — took up residence on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and made the city its playground. With winter in full swing, the foxes and their larger dog-like counterparts, coyotes, are out there again, roaming the wilder (and often not so wild) parts of the city and campus. This year, David Drake, a UW-Madison associate professor of forest and wildlife ecology, is welcoming the public to join him and his research team as they go out and radio collar the animals in an effort to track and better understand these urban canids. Read More

January 26, 2015 Yin retirement closes UW–Madison sound localization lab

After nearly 40 years of distinguished teaching and research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, neuroscience professor Tom Yin has opted to retire, a decision he made more than a year ago when his National Institutes of Health grant was up for renewal. Read More

November 24, 2014 AAAS honors four UW-Madison professors for advancing science

Four members of the University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the society announced today. Read More

November 13, 2014 Morgridge scientists find way to ‘keep the lights on’ for cell self-renewal

One remarkable quality of pluripotent stem cells is they are immortal in the lab, able to divide and grow indefinitely under the right conditions. It turns out this ability also may exist further down the development path, with the workhorse progenitor... Read More

October 6, 2014 Animal research ethics discussion to focus on UW anxiety study

Bioethicist Jeffrey Kahn and veterinary pathologist Eric Sandgren will meet on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus Thursday evening for a discussion of animal research ethics focusing on a particular program employing monkeys in the study of anxiety and depression. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 1111 of the Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building, 425 Henry Mall. Read More

July 24, 2014 New imaging agent provides better picture of the gut

A multi-institutional team of researchers has developed a new nanoscale agent for imaging the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This safe, noninvasive method for assessing the function and properties of the GI tract in real time could lead to better diagnos... Read More

April 15, 2014 Hair from infants gives clues about their life in the womb

Like rings of a tree, hair can reveal a lot of information about the past. Read More

April 1, 2014 Monkey caloric restriction study shows big benefit; contradicts earlier study

The latest results from a 25-year study of diet and aging in monkeys shows a significant reduction in mortality and in age-associated diseases among those with calorie-restricted diets. The study, begun at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989, i... Read More

March 17, 2014 UW–Madison, USDA enter into settlement agreement

This month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison entered into a settlement agreement resulting in a fine of $35,286. Read More

March 17, 2014 Summary Abstract of UW-Madison/USDA Settlement Agreement

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which enforces the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), completed its investigation of animal care at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Read More

March 13, 2014 Halting immune response could save brain cells after stroke

A new study in animals shows that using a compound to block the body’s immune response greatly reduces disability after a stroke. Read More

March 13, 2014 Study suggests potential association between soy formula and seizures in children with autism

A University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher has detected a higher rate of seizures among children with autism who were fed infant formula containing soy protein rather than milk protein. Read More

January 17, 2014 Chancellor Blank: Responding to the animal research critics

Recently, the University of Wisconsin–Madison has been on the receiving end of a harsh campaign that criticizes our research using animal models. The critics are using a graphic picture, taken out of context, blown up to billboard size, and displayed on Madison’s public buses to try to turn public opinion against the valuable medical research conducted by faculty and staff… Read More

December 11, 2013 Statement Regarding PETA Bus Ads

Once again, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is sparing no expense to continue a campaign distorting and misrepresenting important UW-Madison research. The animal rights organization is spending thousands of dollars on a graphic eight-week advertising campaign using Madison Metro buses. Because many of the claims the organization makes about the science and how the animals in the… Read More

December 6, 2013 PETA distorts work of researchers: Ruth Litovsky

I write regarding coverage of the efforts of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to demonize research at UW-Madison, using disconcerting images of a cat given a cochlear implant. Contrary to PETA's claim, the experiments are important and relevant. In many fields, including auditory science, research on animals provides an essential scaffold on which we build knowledge that can… Read More

May 12, 2013 Conversation Starter? PETA’s Bus Ads on University of Wisconsin Hearing Research

As predicted, PETA’s ongoing campaign against scientific research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison continues, escalating this week with a striking advertisement on 100 Metro buses. The ad calls for an end to UW research aimed at better understanding how the brain processes sound. A central question is how sound arriving at both ears is combined to allow us to determine… Read More