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They created a computer station — and changed a quadriplegic patient’s life

They created a computer station — and changed a quadriplegic patient’s life

Before dawn on Aug. 8, 2017, Derrick Bayard began having severe pain in his abdomen, followed by body spasms. Soon after, it became hard to breathe. He was home alone, a detail made exponentially more important — and dangerous — by the fact that he’s a quadriplegic, unable to use his hands and feet. Bedridden.

Devanand Sarkar’s quest to cure liver cancer

Devanand Sarkar’s quest to cure liver cancer

When Devanand Sarkar, Ph.D., came to VCU Massey Cancer Center in 2008, he wanted to pursue a new direction in his research. Driven by the loss of a close friend and colleague, Sarkar was on a mission to better understand the processes that drive the development of liver cancer. Nearly a decade later, his research is close to bringing about new treatments for the disease while redefining how obesity is connected to cancer.

VCU inventors’ handheld device brings vast improvements to water testing process

VCU inventors’ handheld device brings vast improvements to water testing process

Elevated levels of uranium in the water supply are an environmental safety and health concern, but current methods of detecting it are cumbersome, costly and time consuming. Gary C. Tepper, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering in the School of Engineering, and Ph.D. student Brandon Dodd are addressing this challenge with a novel portable device that streamlines and expedites the way uranium in water is measured.

Doctoral student receives grant to expand HIV testing among young African American women

Doctoral student receives grant to expand HIV testing among young African American women

A Virginia Commonwealth University health psychology doctoral student has received a two-year, $69,194 grant to launch a research project aimed at increasing HIV testing among African American young adult women. Melanie Moore, who is pursuing her Ph.D. in the Department of Psychology in the College of Humanities and Sciences, received the grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities in the National Institutes of Health.

VCU researchers combat opiate addiction

VCU researchers combat opiate addiction

Virginia Commonwealth University researchers are fighting the opioid epidemic by brainstorming more effective clinical approaches, elucidating the biological mechanisms of addiction and developing safer alternatives for pain relief.

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