We want to stay at the forefront of our nation’s evolving health care system, and that means researching new and better ways to improve patients’ lives.
Here are the latest news and stories about research projects and initiatives at the University.
Sineadh Conway, Ph.D., postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Clinical Pharmacology, was a recent recipient of the NIH's prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award.
The mammal-related research work of Whitney Anthonysamy, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and her colleagues from Tyson Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis, was recently featured in Global Change Biology.
Research from Ream Al-Hasani, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical science, has identified a new pathway in the brain that may to contribute to more effective treatments for drug addiction and depression.
Soumen Chakraborty, postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Clinical Pharmacology, was the lead author of a paper recently published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience highlighting new findings on kratom.
UHSP was ranked No. 8 on the St. Louis Business Journal’s list of the largest research universities in Missouri and southern Illinois.
P3 students Gabrielle Hahn, Emily Stock, B.S. ’20, and Parker Lindsey, advanced to the final round of the ACCP Clinical Research Challenge. The team placed fourth after competing against 82 teams and progressing through three rounds of competition.
UHSP was again ranked among the top 50 colleges of pharmacy in the nation for total federal research awards in AACP's most recent Funded Research Grant Institutional Rankings Report.
UHSP was ranked No. 5 on the St. Louis Business Journal’s recently released list of the region’s largest National Institutes of Health award recipients for 2020.
Lamees Hegazy, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicinal chemistry, is a computational chemist who applies methods of computational and theoretical chemistry to rational drug design and biochemical problems.
Tom Burris, Ph.D., FAAAS, FAHA, Alumni Chair in Pharmaceutical Education and vice president for research at UHSP, was ranked among the top 150 pharmacologists in the world in the recently released 2020 Highly Cited Researchers List published by Clarivate.
Tom Burris, Ph.D., FAAAS, FAHA, Alumni Chair in Pharmaceutical Education and vice president for research at UHSP was the recent recipient of a $150,000 grant to support research related to the biologic pathway known as autophagy.
In response to the mounting concern in the health care community around antibiotic resistance, faculty at UHSP received a grant from Merck and Co. to research different treatment approaches for patients with resistant infections.
Drawn to empirical cases where there is an absence of knowledge, Danielle Giffort, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, recently published new book on psychedelic drug research.
Manish Kumar Madasu, Ph.D., postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Clinical Pharmacology, received the Toni Shippenberg Young Investigator Award for his work to investigate the role of the peripheral kappa opioid receptor system in cold pain and hypersensitivity.
The annual Student Research Symposium creates opportunities for students to engage in meaningful research that is vital to enhancing patient care and solving society’s most pressing health care challenges.
The research work of Susruta Majumdar, Ph.D., associate professor of medicinal chemistry at UHSP, and Tao Che, Ph.D., adjunct assistant professor in the University’s Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences, was recently featured in the scientific journal eLife.
Giovanni Pauletti, M.Pharm., Ph.D., Gustavus and Henry Pfeiffer Chair in Pharmacy, professor of pharmaceutics and associate dean of graduate studies at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, recently received grant funding from the World Health Organization.
P4 student Sai Dodda has led successful research projects both on campus and through partnerships in the Washington University Medical Campus, including taking the top prize at the Infectious Diseases Society of America's IDEA Incubator competition.
UHSP P4 students Reed Smith, B.S.’19, Kelsey Corzine, B.S. ’19, Grace Marek, B.S. ‘19, and Davin Minor recently had the opportunity to present research as part of the 2020 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.
On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis Board of Trustees marked an important moment in the University’s history with the announcement of its fifth president. David D. Allen, RPh., Ph.D., FASHP, FNAP, FAPhA, will serve as the University’s next president, with his tenure beginning on July 1, 2021.
UHSP researchers recently co-published a paper in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry highlighting their work to uncover a compound that could play a key role in the future development of alternative therapeutics for pain management.
Tom Burris, Ph.D., Alumni Chair in Pharmaceutical Education and vice president for research and graduate education at UHSP and Kristine Griffett, Ph.D. assistant professor of pharmacology, recently published their research on a nuclear receptor connected to both Alzheimer’s disease and brain cancer.
Recently published research from Kristine Griffett, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology, has shed light on the beneficial effects of REV-ERB nuclear receptor activation in the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, a condition associated with progressive liver disease.
For the second year in a row, faculty from St. Louis College of Pharmacy at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis have been recognized with the Award of Excellence in Experiential Education from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).
Kristine Griffett, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology, has been chosen to serve with the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review’s Early Career Reviewer Program.
University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis has acquired a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer to provide students with the opportunity to better understand molecular compositions and support the University’s research initiatives.
Giovanni Pauletti, M.Pharm., Ph.D., Gustavus and Henry Pfeiffer Chair in Pharmacy, professor of pharmaceutics and associate dean of graduate studies has been awarded a $1.2 million contract from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Susruta Majumdar, Ph.D., associate professor of medicinal chemistry at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, has been selected to serve on the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review Drug Discovery for the Nervous System Study Section.
Susruta Majumdar, Ph.D., associate professor of medicinal chemistry and pharmacology at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, recently received a $100,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop compounds to treat neuropathic pain.
Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D. ’09, AACC, BCPS, BCCP, associate professor of pharmacy practice, was recently awarded an American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Seed Grant for her study on medications used for atrial fibrillation.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy was ranked No. 8 on the St. Louis Business Journal’s recently published list of the largest research universities in Missouri and southern Illinois.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been ranked No. 1 among all private pharmacy institutions in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s most recent Funded Research Grant Institutional Rankings Report.
The Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education recently featured an article written by Amy J. Reese, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, highlighting the Science, Ethics and Society course that she developed for the College.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotic resistance is one of the most urgent public health challenges of our time. Kalyan Venkata, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicinal chemistry, is working to combat antibiotic resistance through his research on inhibitors of NDM-1, an enzyme that makes bacteria resistant to a broad range of antibiotics.
Bahaa Elgendy, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicinal chemistry at the College, has received more than $426,000 in grant funds from the National Institute on Aging to support research focused on the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
Tom Burris, Ph.D., FAAAS, FAHA, Alumni Chair in Pharmaceutical Education and vice president for research at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, conducts cutting-edge research in the fields of cardio metabolic diseases, muscle function, Alzheimer’s disease, fatty liver disease and traumatic brain injury.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy was ranked No. 3 on the St. Louis Business Journal’s recently released list of the region’s largest National Institutes of Health (NIH) award recipients for 2019.
Ream Al-Hasani Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical science at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and assistant professor of anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is a neuroscientist and pharmacologist who studies the neurological conditions that lead to addiction as well as how the brain responds to negative experiences, such as pain or stress. She and her collaborators focus on the kappa opioid receptor system, a promising target for non-addictive pain management.
Giovanni Pauletti, M.Pharm., Ph.D., Gustavus & Henry Pfeiffer Professor of Pharmacy and chair of pharmaceutical and administrative sciences, specializes in working with interdisciplinary research teams on new and improved drug delivery systems, namely for women’s health and global health populations.
Susruta Majumdar, Ph.D., associate professor of medicinal chemistry and pharmacology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, researches the chemical biology of opioid receptors in order to create better pain management therapeutics that are effective and potentially non-addictive. He particularly focuses on the plant kratom and its potential therapeutic in treating pain, opioid dependence and alcoholism.
Kristine Griffett, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, studies nuclear receptors to develop targeted therapeutics for cardio-metabolic diseases. By focusing on nuclear receptors, Griffett’s work looks at the underlying causes of disease and examines how many diseases can share a single underlying cause.
Bahaa Elgendy, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicinal chemistry at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and adjunct assistant professor of anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is a medicinal chemist working to unravel the mysteries of nuclear receptors, which play a role in a number of physiological processes.
Ream Al-Hasani Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical science at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and assistant professor of anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, recently received a $70,000 Young Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.
Giovanni Pauletti, M.Pharm., Ph.D., Gustavus and Henry Pfeiffer Chair in Pharmacy and professor and chair of the College’s Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences, has been awarded nearly $730,000 in NIH grant funding to support the research and development of a non-hormonal birth control device.
Susruta Majumdar, Ph.D., associate professor of medicinal chemistry and pharmacology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, recently co-authored a paper demonstrating that certain alkaloids from the plant kratom could potentially be developed into a treatment for alcohol use disorder.
The Center for Clinical Pharmacology was the recipient of the BMO Harris Bank Spirit of St. Louis Award during the 7th annual Arcus Awards, held Feb. 27 at the Hyatt St. Louis at the Arch.
Tom Burris, Ph.D., FAAAS, FAHA, Alumni Chair in Pharmaceutical Education and vice president for research at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, received grant funds totaling more than $740,000 from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been ranked 25th among all U.S. pharmacy schools for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) during 2019. The ranking makes the College the top-ranked private college of pharmacy in the nation for NIH grants.
Jones Hall has recently been renovated to provide faculty researchers and undergraduate and graduate students with additional opportunities to explore new research as well as expand upon existing research.
With the right mentorship, curiosity and ambition, Irving Boime, B.S. ’64, Ph.D., discovered a path grounded in pharmacy and guided by research, eventually establishing himself in endocrinology and biochemistry research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
The innovative work of P3 student Sai Dodda received grand prize accolades during the Infectious Diseases Society of America's (IDSA) second annual IDEA Incubator, a competition hosted by IDSA to showcase inventions, products and devices designed to improve patient care for infectious diseases during ID Week.
Tim Moylan, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of the theater program, uses his theatrical background to enhance his scholarship focused on Queen Elizabeth I and bring a fresh perspective to the classroom.
Whether he is making rounds at the hospital, educating students, or analyzing datasets, Scott Micek, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, is always focused on positive patient outcomes.
Sarah Mooney, Pharm.D., PGY1 pharmacy resident and clinical instructor, is using her pharmacy residency experience at the College as a stepping stone toward a career in pediatric pharmacy.
Through the creation of the Summer Research Scholars program, the Center for Clinical Pharmacology is providing a place for students to advance their skills and drive research forward within the Washington University Medical Campus.
We recently sat down with Amy Reece, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology, to discuss her path to the College, her research and her passion for collaborating with students in her lab.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy is rapidly transforming into a major research institution. Faculty across the College pursue innovative research projects, and many faculty collaborate with students, introducing them to a variety of projects and methodologies.
The College takes top spots for return on investment in new Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce ranking of 4,500 colleges and universities.
The College is exposing local high school students to scientific enterprise and research opportunities through the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists program.
Brian Kobilka, M.D., professor of molecular and cellular physiology at Stanford University and winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in chemistry, recently visited St. Louis College of Pharmacy to present his current research.
The American Journal of Physiology recently selected an article co-authored by Alicia Pate, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy/physiology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, for addition to its monthly collection of Best Research Articles.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy faculty conducting research in the Center for Clinical Pharmacology have been awarded more than $6.3 million in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Ream Al-Hasani, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical science at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and assistant professor of anesthesiology at the School of Medicine, worked with a team of scientists to discover how the emotional effects of pain make patients more susceptible to addiction.
The Journal of the American Pharmacists Association recently featured the work of three faculty members from St. Louis College of Pharmacy who conducted research to assess medication adherence in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Missouri.
From prescriptions at a pharmacy to online electronic medical records, health care informatics plays a key role in providing personalized care and improving patient outcomes.
Brian Walter, Ph.D., professor of English and director of convocations, recently completed a tour for his 2019 book “The Guestroom Novelist: A Donald Harington Miscellany,” which included interviews aired on NPR.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy was ranked among the top 50 colleges of pharmacy in the nation for total federal research awards in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s (AACP) most recent Funded Research Grant Institutional Rankings Report.
Amy J. Reese, Ph.D, associate professor of microbiology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and her team of faculty-student researchers are celebrating the recent publication of their fungus-related research in mSphere, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).
As the College works to expand its research profile, many students had their first opportunity to gain research exposure this spring as part of the annual Student Research Symposium, a campus tradition that is known for igniting students’ passion for research.
As research continues at the Center for Clinical Pharmacology to improve the treatment of pain, Susruta Majumdar, Ph.D., associate professor of medicinal chemistry and pharmacology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has been working collaboratively with scientists at the center and Columbia University to examine the biological effects of kratom and its potential to create safer alternatives to the use of opioid pain medications.
With increasing numbers of students expressing a desire to take part in undergraduate research opportunities, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has established the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program.
In February, St. Louis College of Pharmacy P2 students Sai Dodda and Abbey Jin presented original research at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 48th Critical Care Congress in San Diego.
In today’s digital age, industries are embracing data analysis as a tool for success. This has become especially evident in health system pharmacy, where the integration of comprehensive pharmacy analytics is helping organizations improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.
Throughout the years, Ryan Moenster, B.S. ’04, Pharm.D. ’05, FIDSA, BCPS-AQ ID, associate professor of pharmacy practice, has played a critical role in educating St. Louis College of Pharmacy residents.
Too often, health care practitioners get only a snapshot of their patients’ conditions and find themselves working in silos. Through an interdisciplinary approach, providers can share knowledge, form a more complete picture of a patient and achieve better outcomes.
Blanca Perez del Palomar, visiting scholar at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has received the National End-of-Career University Education Award from the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of Spain.
The College sets the pace for pharmacy residency program collaboration in the St. Louis area.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy has positioned itself as a leader in the fight against opioid abuse. From prescription medication collection to research into the addictive nature of opioids, our students, faculty, staff and research centers have passionately invested themselves in combating this epidemic.
In April, St. Louis College of Pharmacy hosted its ninth annual Student Research Symposium, where the work of nearly 100 students was showcased. The event featured both poster and podium sessions highlighting student findings on a wide range of topics.
On Feb. 1, Tom Burris, Ph.D., FAAAS, FAHA, joined St. Louis College of Pharmacy as the Alumni Endowed Professor in the Center for Clinical Pharmacology and President’s Senior Research Advisor. Burris brings the center one step closer to becoming a national research leader in pain management and personalized approaches to medication therapy.
P2 student Marissa Chow hopes to pursue a career in pharmacy, academia and research, and she is putting her passion to work beyond the classroom.
As part of a memorandum agreement between St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Trinity College Dublin, Melanie VanDyke, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, was selected as the College’s first visiting scholar to travel to Ireland.
In spring 2017, the Center for Clinical Pharmacology announced the appointment of its first two faculty researchers. Just over a year later, the center is flourishing with the addition of seven new faculty and more than 25 postdoctoral research associates, graduate and undergraduate researchers and technical staff members currently working in its labs.
A five-hour drive to Chicago, a 3,657-mile flight to Dublin and a four-week research project provided a once-in-a-lifetime rotation experience for Daniel “Bubba” Britt ’17 and Mara Hofherr ’17.
In August 2015, St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis joined forces to find better, safer and more effective ways to use prescription medications to improve health. Researchers from the two institutions collaborated to create the Center for Clinical Pharmacology.
All year long, students pulled on their white coats, sharpened their pencils and strapped on their safety goggles to work on research projects ranging from antibiotic therapy efficacy and compliance to gathering Rhodotorula fungal samples. All of that hard work will be showcased during the Eighth Annual Student Research Symposium on Saturday, April 8.
As part of the Black History Month programming, Dennis Doyle, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, gave a book talk on his latest publication, “Psychiatry and Racial Liberalism in Harlem, 1936-1968.”
When presented with the opportunity to rethink St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s chemistry curriculum to better prepare their students, Ehren Bucholtz, Ph.D., associate professor of organic chemistry, and Benjamin Barth, Ph.D., assistant professor of organic chemistry, were eager to accept the challenge.
Projected to save billions of dollars in U.S. health care costs, biosimilars are a highly anticipated alternative to some of the most expensive medications on the market. However, from ongoing patent litigation and legislation to complex development processes, pharmacists and the U.S. prescription drug industry are left to hang on the cusp of a revolution.
Alicia B. Forinash, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, BCACP, professor of pharmacy practice, served as a co-author on the recently published Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk, 11th Edition.
Katie Tellor, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, along with coauthors Abigail Yancey, B.S. ’02, Pharm.D. ’03, FCCP, BCPS, professor of pharmacy practice, Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D. ’09, BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, Steffany Nguygen, Pharm.D. ’17, Amanda Bultas, Pharm.D. ’17, and P4 student Nicholas Greenwald received the 2017 Virtual Poster Symposium Best Poster Award for their abstract and presentation “Evaluation of Warfarin Requirements in Hospitalized, Obese Patients Admitted with a Therapeutic INR.”
P3 student Benjamin Jolley is one of 19 students selected from across the country for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance-CVS Health Foundation Scholars program.
Pharmacists at St. Louis College of Pharmacy research one of the deadliest diseases in America.
P3 students Joanna Huang and Dane Fickes were selected to participate in the TL1 Predoctoral Clinical Research Program over the summer through the Clinical Research Training Center (CRTC) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy plans extensive public health campaign to educate families about important health issue.
Yvonne Burnett, Pharm.D., receives a grant from the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists to analyze pharmacist-led dosing and monitoring of vancomycin in an OPAT program setting.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy researches effect of integrating audience response technology into the classroom.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy professor tackling two subjects at the AACP annual meeting.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy professor participates in the national discussion regarding Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs).
Scott Vouri becomes the first pharmacist to receive the Alene & Meyer Kopolow Award for Geriatrics, Psychiatry, and Neurology for work on medication interactions.
Vincristine and paclitaxel (taxol) are chemotherapies effective in stopping cell division, but not without damaging neurons. In her research on neuron degeneration, Martha Bhattacharya, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and her collaborators have discovered a gene that is improving our understanding of chemo-related nerve damage.
P1 student Matthew Koebel lays out ambitious global plan to show unique research being done at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
How two faculty members at St. Louis College of Pharmacy are helping reduce hospital readmission rates.
Residents, preceptors and friends gathered at Third Degree Glass Factory to celebrate the 23rd Annual Pharmacy Residency Banquet on Wednesday, June 15. Forty-two residents from St. Louis area pharmacy residency programs were recognized for the completion of their training.
Director of the Center for Clinical Pharmacology explains new guidelines to Fox 2 News.
Times have changed in terms of physics education. Instead of studying topics like how projectiles move, STLCOP students are programming computers and running software to study the physics of molecular dynamics.
Students and faculty have the opportunity to expand learning and scholarship at Trinity College in Dublin.
Melanie VanDyke, assistant professor of psychology, was published in Psychology online in September for her research of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and the impact it has on family members of those with the illness.
New partnership with Washington University School of Medicine seeks better, safer medicine.
In the first study of its kind, College faculty members looked to evaluate the faculty perception of team-based learning.
History was made at 9 a.m. this morning as classes met for the first time in the new Academic and Research Building on the campus of St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Both of the 250-seat classrooms were filled. By noon, nearly a dozen classes were complete.
How does the College continue to ensure our graduates are prepared to lead the profession of pharmacy? By having them work in real-world situations while still in school.
Alyssa Thompson, Pharm.D., recognized for her research into COPD treatment.
Associate Professor Jasna Marjanovic has been awarded an NIH grant—the first in STLCOP's history—to study an enzyme in blood platelets.
In what may be a first in the 150-year history of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, a faculty member is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The Journal is among the most prestigious and respected periodicals in the medical community.
A warm meal, some conversation, and access to health care may work just as well as antidepressant medications for older adults. That’s the trend Scott Vouri, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy found when he looked at a group of older adults enrolled in PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly).
At an historic conference, St. Louis College of Pharmacy students and faculty were repeatedly recognized as outstanding contributors to the profession.
There are now more medications available to help patients prevent a stroke. For the past 60 years, warfarin has been the go-to medication. This new breed of medications offers promise and a different set of challenges.
Whether a person is moving from operating to recovery room, hospital to home, or home to skilled-care facility, each transition of care can become a complicated, intricate process.
Professor, Student, and Alumna, team up to research one of the most challenging health care questions.
Philip Wenger, Pharm.D., BCPS, spends a significant amount of time behind bars. When the associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy is not teaching in class, he’s working at the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo. There, he helps manage medication for more than 1,200 inmates inside the St. Louis County jail.
Professor John Beale's discovery of four drug compounds—for which he has acquired the first international patent in STLCOP's history—may treat and even prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Over the next two years, the College will be undergoing an exciting physical transformation to better meet the needs of our students, faculty, and staff.
Neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia are devastating, and there is currently no cure for either one. But thanks to researchers like John Beale, Ph.D., a great deal of progress is being made in finding drugs that could treat and even prevent these diseases.