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Mount Sinai awarded 125 million NIH grant for research program in aging

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 14 2019Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have been awarded a $12.5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for a five-year program called the U19 that consists of four multidisciplinary projects in aging biology.The program’s goals are to establish follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), an important part of the reproductive system whose levels rise at menopause, as a potential therapeutic target for the treatment of two public health hazards in older adults–osteoporosis and obesity–and also to investigate the role of FSH in fundamental physiological processes beyond reproduction. More than 200 million people worldwide suffer from osteoporosis, and its prevalence continues to rise with increasing life expectancy, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation. Obesity is a public health problem in its own right, with more than 1.9 million adults (18 years and older) being overweight, including more than 650 million who are obese, according to the World Health Organization.Mone Zaidi, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Director of the Mount Sinai Bone Program, is director of the U19 program. Dr. Zaidi will oversee all four projects taking place at Mount Sinai and across the country.The first project will be carried out at Mount Sinai, and studies the role of FSH in regulating bone mass and body composition across the lifespan of mice. The second study, to be performed collaboratively between investigators at Mount Sinai and UT Southwestern Medical School, will determine whether monoclonal FSH-blocking antibodies will prevent fat accrual and bone loss, and whether they will also treat established obesity and osteoporosis. The third project at Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI) will study the effects of FSH on bone marrow fat deposits during aging and in menopause. The fourth study at University of California-San Francisco, is an epidemiology project that will use population-based datasets from the AGES-Reykjavik cohort of older men and women (66-93 years old) to study the relationships between FSH, body fat, bone mass and incident fracture.Related StoriesAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchThis program builds upon a long-term, highly productive collaboration between Dr. Zaidi and Clifford Rosen, MD, senior scientist at MMCRI and Co-Director of the U19. Results of their work were published in the journal Nature in 2017, and named as one of the year’s eight “notable advances” in biomedicine by Nature Medicine. In this study, the investigators posit that FSH, whose levels rise at menopause, could be responsible for the weight gain and bone loss that many women experience in middle age, and that blocking FSH could reverse those effects. Mouse-based data that Drs. Zaidi and Rosen concurrently confirmed in each other’s laboratories also showed that blocking FSH reduces obesity and increases energy expenditure in both male and female mice fed on a high-fat diet.”The impact of translating our findings to a potential therapy would be enormous. This grant will bring us a step further toward creating an effective therapy with an FSH-blocking antibody aimed at preventing and treating both obesity and osteoporosis,” said Dr. Zaidi. “We are thrilled to receive this grant, which will enable our unique, collaborative research program to continue the work that is accelerating this discovery.”Dr. Zaidi hopes the program will move towards a phase I clinical trial at the end of two years.”This pioneering study will have significant impact on current and future research on aging hormones, osteoporosis, and obesity in older adults,” said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System. “We thank the NIH for their support and recognition and are excited to be part of this endeavor.” Source:https://www.mountsinai.org/about/newsroom/2019/mount-sinai-research-program-awarded-12-5-million-nih-grant-to-continue-to-study-the-role-of-hormones-in-menopause-and-aging-biologylast_img read more

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Using robots in autism therapy for children

first_img Source:http://ec.europa.eu/research/infocentre/printversion_en.cfm?id=/research/headlines/news/article_19_03_12_en.html?infocentre&item=Infocentre&artid=49968 Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 13 2019Autistic children lack essential social and communication skills, and the type and severity of the symptoms experienced are wide-ranging. Because they have such diverse ways of expressing their emotions, it is difficult for therapists to gauge how engaged they are with the therapy.To track their progress, many therapists film their sessions and spend hours watching the footage and analyzing the child’s reactions to determine how effective a particular approach was. This is laborious and time-consuming work.In response, the EU-funded ENGAGEME project is developing state-of-the-art software to enable the robots used as assistive tools in autism therapy to ‘perceive’ a child’s emotions and level of engagement. With this information, the robot can respond to the child more naturally and effectively, and also document the therapy progress automatically.‘The technology being developed can enable personalized interactions with an autistic child, helping the therapist to keep the child’s attention, which improves their ability to learn the content,’ says project researcher Ognjen Rudovic, a postdoctoral Marie Curie Fellow in the Affective Computing group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT Media Lab), US. It also allows the therapist to more quickly determine which learning approach works best for each child.‘We are currently working on a prototype, the goal of which is to enable the use of our personalized machine-learning algorithms within everyday autism therapy,’ says Rudovic. ‘These computing tools can significantly reduce the therapists’ efforts, allowing them to focus on the design of more effective therapy content that will have better learning outcomes for children with autism.’Personalized deep learningCapturing an autistic child’s attention, even for a few seconds, is challenging. A non-threatening-looking NAO robot, of the type used in this project, makes doing so easier. ENGAGEME is equipping the robots with a type of software that is based on areas of artificial intelligence (AI) that employs machine learning, computer vision, affective computing and human-robot interactions.More precisely, the researchers use the type of computer algorithms known as ‘deep learning’ for a more personalized analysis of the child’s behavior using data recorded by cameras and microphones – facial expressions, head pose, body language and voice.In addition, a wrist monitor monitors heart rate and skin conductivity. The algorithm analyses these data to determine the child’s level of engagement and emotional state.Rosalind Picard, the director of Affective Computing Group at MIT Media Lab, and Rudovic’s research advisor, says the challenge of creating machine learning and AI that works in autism is particularly vexing.‘This is because the usual AI methods require a lot of data that are similar for each category that is learned. In autism, where heterogeneity reigns, the normal AI approaches fail,’ says Picard.Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairPuzzling paralysis affecting healthy children warns CDCResearch team receives federal grant to study obesity in children with spina bifidaENGAGEME is also unique in that it is the first project to analyse behavioural cues from autistic children with different cultural backgrounds – Japan and Europe.A group of 35 children from Japan and Serbia, aged 3 to 13, took part in a study as part of the project. The results showed that the robots are more consistent than human therapists at estimating a child’s emotion and engagement states.The researchers noticed that the children from the two cultural backgrounds communicated different states using similar body movements. The Japanese children communicated low levels of engagement, including disengagement during the therapy, using large body movements. On the other hand, the European children showed more bodily movements when they were highly engaged.‘This is an important finding for the design of future child-robot interactions as part of the therapy, as it may allow a robot to easily adapt its interpretations of children’s behaviors based on their cultural background,’ says Rudovic.Working with industryIn more recent work, the researchers showed that with their image analysis system they could enable humanoid robots to successfully read the facial expressions of children with autism.‘This can help the robots to better gauge facial expressions of autistic children and teach them to recognize facial expressions of their typically developing peers, leading to better social communication, which is one of the main challenges for autistic children,’ he says.Currently, the researchers are trying to deploy their technology in schools with autistic children in the UK, in collaboration with the DE-ENIGMA project, one of the biggest European projects designing assistive tools for autism therapy.Another important aspect is the project’s close collaboration with businesses that produce robots for use as assistive tools in autism therapy.‘We have received lots of interest from institutions, and parents of autistic children, from Japan, Europe and USA to use our technology,’ Rudovic says. ‘Our next step is to team up with robotics companies to scale-up our software and implement large clinical trials that would allow us to make a real impact with our technology. It is important for Europe to be one of the frontiers in doing the research on autism and deliver the state-of-the-art therapy for children with autism, to reduce the later cost of this condition, which is in the range of billions of euros.’ENGAGEME received funding through the EU’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship program. Rudovic, originally from Serbia and a UK national, is the main recipient of the Marie Curie grant. It has enabled him to position himself as one of the top researchers in the field of affective computing and machine learning.‘This advanced my career prospects – currently there is a lot of interest from academic and industry sector in my research, and I am very excited about continuing it,’ says Rudovic.last_img read more

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App converts aerial crop photos into realtime metrics of plant growth and

first_img Provided by Purdue University The work is costly because it takes a lot of manpower and the results are subjective.Progeny Drone Inc., a Purdue University-affiliated startup, has launched a software application that allows plant breeders, agronomists, and others involved in small-plot trials to quickly and easily convert aerial crop photos into real-time plot-level metrics of plant growth and health that can help researchers make more data-driven decisions about best practices.”We can measure plant growth and health faster, at a dramatically lower cost, and more precisely than people can do it by eye,” said Anthony Hearst, a co-founder of Progeny Drone. “The Progeny software app lets people with no programming experience turn raw drone images into plot images and metrics using low-cost drones and laptops.”Progeny can turnaround these data within 10 minutes, Hearst said.Hearst, who recently earned his doctoral degree in agricultural and biological engineering at Purdue, launched his startup in 2018. He said he was able to hone his app to meet the needs of potential customers by taking part in the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program. He received a $50,000 I-Corps grant to survey potential users for a market analysis about the app he was developing.”I interviewed hundreds of people, from plant breeders to weed scientists and others who conduct outdoor small-plot trials, and discovered there were a lot of people interested in the product I developed,” he said. “Our app is made by plant breeders, for plant breeders, but it meets the needs of all kinds of people doing outdoor small-plot trials.”Progeny Drone has licensed the technology through the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization. DelMar Software Development, based in the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, helped Progeny Drone fine-tune the product’s interface for ease of data entry and result tracking. It also helped create a payment mechanism.”I would not have been able to do this myself,” he said. “DelMar was key to helping us get the app to market. They did a good job of listening to me and getting an understanding of what the technology does and helping me move the app to market.”Hearst is looking for customers. He said that while he is initially targeting researchers doing small-plot trials, the app could be used eventually by farmers. More information: For more information abou the Progeny Drone app: www.progenydrone.com Drone rapidly converts aerial photos into valuable information about crop health Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Anthony Hearst is co-founder of Progeny Drone, which has launched a software application that allows plant breeders, agronomists, and others involved in small-plot trials to quickly and easily convert aerial crop photos into real-time plot-level metrics of plant growth and health. That information can help researchers make more data-driven decisions about best practices. Credit: Purdue Research Foundation image/Hope Sale Agricultural researchers have long used small-plot trials to test a myriad of practices, such as selecting the best seeds, fertilizer and crop-control products, and depending on their eyes and opinions to determine what works best. Citation: App converts aerial crop photos into real-time metrics of plant growth and crop health (2019, May 17) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-app-aerial-crop-photos-real-time.htmllast_img read more

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