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Holonyak Lab professor among 2020 Jump ARCHES Grant recipients

1/27/2020 1:37:12 PM

Fourteen research projects, one co-led by Holonyak Lab Professor Brian Cunningham, are sharing $1.9 million in funding through the Jump ARCHES research and development program. The Jump Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (Jump ARCHES), is a partnership between OSF A doctor's hand and an engineer's hand holdling a heart made up of molecules and gears.

The ARCHES program supports research involving clinicians, engineers, and social scientists to develop technologies and devices that could revolutionize medical training and health care delivery. Faculty at the U of I College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP) also participate. 

Since its inception in 2014, the Jump ARCHES initiative has directed more than $3.7 million for 39 projects.

The 14 new awards for 2020, range from $50,000 to $75,000. Cunningham's project is explained below:

Activate Capture and Digital Counting (AC+DC) Technology for Ultrasensitive and Rapid Characterization of miRNA

Brian Cunningham
Brian Cunningham
 Blood borne Biomarkers for ALS
Dr. Vahid Tohidi-OSF HealthCare and Brian Cunningham-U of I’s Grainger College of Engineering
ALS is a devastating condition that leads to gradual muscle decline caused by loss of motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. It’s in urgent need of new treatments. The goal of this proposal is to develop and validate nanoparticle technology that can use a small amount of blood plasma to identify miRNA biomarkers of ALS. The team will also develop an instrument using just a drop of blood to detect statistically significant circulating biomarkers to identify genetic indicators of ALS.

A full list of the 14 awardees can be found here.