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NSF Awards $1 Million Grant to Support Brain-Gut Connection Research
The National Science Foundation awarded a team of University of Maryland researchers a $1 million grant to investigate the complex effects of intestinal serotonin on both gut and brain health. Fischell Institute faculty member Reza Ghodssi is leading the project. Institute director William E. Bentley and faculty member Wolfgang Losert are co-PIs on the project, along with UMD associate professor of psychology Jens Herberholz.
High-Altitude Microbiology Research Featured on ABC7 Washington
Fischell Institute student researcher Caitlyn Singam and director William E. Bentley interviewed with ABC7 Washington's Kellye Lynn for an Education Spotlight piece that aired last Friday. The piece highlighted Singam's efforts to develop a low-cost way to study the upper levels of the Earth's atmosphere and the airborne bacteria that find their way there.
FDA to Host Public Advisory Committee Meeting on Cybersecurity in Medical Devices
On Tuesday, September 10th, the Food and Drug Administration will host a Patient Engagement Advisory Committee meeting open to the public. The Committee will discuss and make recommendations on the topic, "Cybersecurity in Medical Devices: Communication that Empowers Patients."