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NSU Research Spotlight

Researcher Spotlight: Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography Researcher Participates in Unique Research Trip

Recently, Jose Lopez, Ph.D., a professor and researcher in NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography completed a scientific collection trip to the Bahamas that was a bit out of the ordinary. That’s because he, along with colleagues, rode on the 87-foot sport yacht “Mystique” from Miami to New…


NSU Researcher Spotlight: Anxiety Treatment, OCD and Related Disorders

Jedidiah Siev, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in Nova Southeastern University’s College of Psychology and is the Director of NSU’s Anxiety Treatment Center (ATC) and OCD and Related Disorders (NORD) Program. Siev completed a post-doctoral fellowship and pre-doctoral internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School, following…


Research Spotlight: College of Dental Medicine Receives $3.4 Million Grant to Enhance Dental Care and Access for People with Autism

Dentists and other health care providers who treat patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) require special training to understand the skills and techniques needed to care for this growing population. Romer Ocanto, D.D.S., M.S., CAGS, chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) College of Dental…


NSU Researcher Spotlight: A Cross-Institutional Study of Multilingual Writers

Shanti Bruce, Ph.D., professor and interim chair of the Department of Writing & Communications in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences,  is principal investigator of the study titled “The Language Repertoires of First-Year Writers: A Cross-Institutional Study of Multilingual Writers.” Funded by a Conference on College Composition and…


NSU Research Spotlight: Exploring the Feasibility of Using Non-Invasive Route for Treatment of Organophosphates Toxicity

The use of organophosphates worldwide, as nerve agents and pesticides, was reported to cause 3 million toxicity cases per year. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, nearly 7,000 toxicity cases were recorded in the last two years in the United States due to their use as pesticides….


NSU Research Spotlight: Andrew J. Felo, Ph.D.

Andrew J. Felo, Ph.D., CFE, CMA, CFM, worked with colleagues from the University of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania State University on a research study addressing what organizations can do to increase the likelihood that mid-level managers will choose to invest in projects that improve sustainability performance, such as one to reduce…


NSU Research Spotlight: NSU Researcher Develops a New Non-Invasive Dosage Form for the Treatment of Anaphylaxis

Studies have shown that the United States has one of the highest incidences of fatal anaphylaxis in the world. For anaphylaxis treatment in community settings, epinephrine intramuscular injection using an auto-injector, e.g. EpiPen®, in the thigh is universally recommended. Despite this, many people at risk of anaphylaxis in community settings…


NSU Research Spotlight: Rachel A. “Stacey” Coulter, O.D., M.S.Ed.

Rachel A. “Stacey” Coulter, O.D., M.S.Ed., F.A.A.O., F.C.O.V.D., associate professor in NSU’s College of Optometry is the principal investigator for a multi-year, clinical trial grant from the National Eye Institute titled “Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial – Attention and Reading Trial (CITT-ART).” As one of eight clinical centers, Coulter and the…


NSU Research Spotlight: Lubov Nathanson, Ph.D.

Lubov Nathanson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine (INIM), recently applied for a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to fund her research study titled “Genomic Approach to Find Novel Biomarkers and Mechanisms of Chronic…


NSU Research Spotlight: NSU’s Researchers Discover DNA Repair is High in Heart, Nonexistent in Brain

NSU researchers recently discovered that, contrary to prior belief, tissues of different mammalian organs have very different abilities to repair damage to their DNA. These new findings indicate that the heart has the greatest capacity to repair its DNA, followed by the intestines, kidneys, spleen, testes, and lungs. The brain,…


NSU Research Spotlight: NSU Researcher Discovers Certain ARB Drugs are more Effective than others at Treating Heart Failure

Millions of people take angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) to help treat heart failure. But it turns out not all ARBs are created equally, according to one Nova Southeastern University (NSU) researcher’s findings. Anastasios Lymperopoulos, Ph.D., F.A.H.A., assistant professor of pharmacology at NSU’s College of Pharmacy, along with his research team,…


NSU Research Spotlight: Autism Spectrum Disorder

NSU and the dietary supplement company Immunotec are conducting a research study to determine the effects of a supplement to improve behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder. The study will investigate the effects of a cysteine-rich whey protein isolate in children diagnosed with autism. The primary function of this…


NSU Research Spotlight: Star Medzerian Vanguri, Ph.D.

Star Medzerian Vanguri, Ph.D., assistant professor of writing, Division of Humanities, Farquhar Colleges of Arts and Sciences, is currently working on a multi-institutional study that investigates whether/how explicit instruction in sentence fluency and style in composition courses influences students’ writing over time and across various contexts. The study contributes to…


NSU Research Spotlight: Coral Reef Conservation

Sam Purkis, Ph.D., Professor at NSU’s Oceanographic Center, is passionate about his work on coral reef conservation. “Our coral reefs are fragile and degrading,” says Sam Purkis. “As one of the first ecosystems to collapse, they serve as a forewarning to the rest of our environment.” He leads a team…


NSU Research Spotlight: Coral Reef Ecosystems

Scientists are asked frequently asked about which coral reefs are important in terms of biodiversity — the number of species that inhabit them. NSU Oceanographic Center professor James Darwin Thomas, Ph.D., is investigating small species of crustaceans that tell the evolutionary history of how biodiversity is assembled and maintained in…


NSU Research Spotlight: Healthy Lifestyles

In the alcohol field, self-change — recovering from an alcohol problem without treatment or attending a self-help group — is a common and well-documented phenomenon. Many individuals who drink at high-risk levels, particularly young adults whose problems are not severe, do not seek treatment. To reach such risky drinkers, Nova…


NSU Research Spotlight: Fresh Water Usage

Coastal communities in Florida are facing a range of issues related to the impacts of climate change and development, and social science research plays a critical role in identifying stakeholders, understanding their experiences and perspectives, and engaging them in effective decision-making processes on the personal, professional, and community-wide levels. Robin…


Oceanographic Center Researchers Begin Study on Human Skin

You wouldn’t think that researchers and students at NSU’s Oceanographic Center would be interested in studying human skin – after all, they are marine biologists and scientists. But that’s not the case at all. Researchers believe that certain knowledge may be skin deep, and they’ve used that old adage for…


NSU Research Spotlight: Dental Ceramics

Synthetic ceramic zirconia is an important material in dental and orthopedic restorative treatments because of its excellent biocompatibility and durability.  Jeffrey Y. Thompson, Ph.D., director of the Biosciences Research Center at NSU College of Dental Medicine, is developing novel surface treatments to enhance the adhesion, efficacy and reliability of zirconia…


NSU Research Spotlight: Stem Cells

Peter E. Murray, BSc (Hons), Ph.D. is a Pathologist, Professor, and the Director of NSUs Regenerative Medicine Laboratory at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine. The professor’s research focuses on isolating stem cells from patients, and growing teeth, gum, bone, and other tissues that a patient might need because…


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