UVA Student and AMPEL Intern 1 of 10 Finalists for Prestigious Science Innovation Award

Posted: Aug 02, 2018 6:23 PM EDTUpdated: Aug 03, 2018 1:02 AM EDT

Edited by Emmy Freedman


A University of Virginia student is up for a prestigious international science innovation award.

She’s one of only 10 in the country that’s in the running for this honor.

Madison Smither, a rising second year, started Students to Scientists in her hometown, where she mentored young girls interested in the STEM field.

She balanced all of this while doing cancer research, and then brought both of those interests to UVA.

Smither is now nominated for the 2018 Nature Research Innovating Science Award.

It celebrates the achievements of women in science and those who encourage others to get involved in STEM.

“It’s not about your background,” says Smither. “It’s not about where you’re from. It’s not about how many resources you have. It’s just really about the problem that you’re trying to solve and really just getting excited about discovery and science.”

In September, Smither will find out if she makes the final five.

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AMPEL BioSolutions is starting a clinical trial that looks at an alternative therapy for lupus, Krill Oil. Studies have shown that patients with lupus tend to be deficient in omega-3. This study looks to see if krill oil can raise omega 3 levels and see if there is an improvement in patients disease.

To learn more about this exciting new study please click the link to a video.




Local biomedical company battling lupus on many fronts

Charlottesville Tomorrow  – June 3, 2018

A Charlottesville company is helping to lead a global scientific effort to better understand and treat lupus, an autoimmune disease sometimes called “the cruel mystery.”

AMPEL Bio Solutions, a biomedical research consultation firm, is involved in multiple clinical trials of new drugs and treatments for lupus. The company hopes to use data from the human genome to develop personalized treatment plans for patients.

Read Full Article Here: http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/30761-local-biomedical-company-battling-lupus-on-many/

NBC 29: New Drug Trail Aims to Help Collect Data to Treat Lupus Patients

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – Aired June 2, 2018

A new clinical drug trial in Charlottesville wants to help those struggling with lupus by using a cellphone and a watch to collect data for a more successful treatment.

A majority of the time, if you go to the doctor’s office, you’ll find yourself being asked some sort of question about your symptoms.


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