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  Dementia care faces barriers  
     
  Smoke-free in 2008  
     
  Fatal cancer cells identified  
     
  Inflammation pathway found  
     
  National panel role  
     
  Stem cell finding  
     
  Predicting hip-fracture risk  
     
  New burn center project  
     
  Efforts to undermine smoke risk found  
     
  Site for national children's study  
     
  Air pollution link  
     
  Fruit, veggie intake costly  
     
  Pregnancy as abuse  
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March of Dimes grant

Paul S. Knoepfler, one of UC Davis School of Medicine's recent stem cell recruits, received a prestigious Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award from the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. The $150,000, two-year grant will be used to analyze links in stem cells, looking for epigenetic changes that may lead to birth defects. Epigenetics is the study of the mechanism by which the environment influences gene expression independent of mutations. Knoepfler, assistant professor of cell biology and human anatomy at the medical school and assistant investigator at Shriner's Hospital for Children Northern California, specializes in stem cell and cancer-related research. Some of his work focuses on deciphering how stem cells are programmed and how that programming can go awry, thereby causing birth defects or cancer. Knoepfler, who joined UC Davis less than two years ago, said that the knowledge gained from the studies may help prevent birth defects by identifying how specific environmental factors alter the stem cell functions that are key to normal development.

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