Posted by: missouriugr | June 23, 2007

In The News! Saturday, June 23, 2007

Columbia Missourian – When academic research = big money:

One day, in the mid-1990s, Jeffrey Phillips, a pharmacologist in MU’s Department of Surgery, went to University Hospital to treat a comatose patient who had developed a bleeding ulcer.

Phillips’ first approach was to administer omeprazole, a proton pump inhibitor used to reduce stomach acid, but the coating on the drug clogged the patient’s nasogastric tube. Phillips then tried dissolving the omeprazole in water and adding sodium bicarbonate. The solution passed through the patient’s tube, and within a few hours, the bleeding had stopped.

Phillips began testing his innovation as a way to prevent gastrointestinal bleeding in intensive-care patients. He patented the formulation in 1996 as the first immediate-release omeprazole powder for oral suspension and set out to find a drug company willing to market it.

Columbia Tribune – GPS devices to aid med school program:

High-tech navigation devices such as Global Positioning System units specialize in giving directions, but William Folk thinks the GPS gizmos can also help guide high school students to a better understanding of living cells.

Folk, a professor of biochemistry and a senior associate dean for research at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, and a small group of colleagues plan to incorporate GPS and other devices into a science curriculum they are developing called Maps in Medicine.


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