Biomedical Divison focuses on research, patient care
A researcher prepares to test a blood sample.
Conducting cutting-edge autism research and providing medical care for people with disabilities are completely different activities, but they are both housed in the Biomedical Division of Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities.
Dr. Anthony Torres is a co-director of the Biomedical Division and heads the Research Lab, where he and the staff search for answers to autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and other neurological puzzles. By determining the genetic makeup, or genotype, of DNA extracted from thousands of blood samples, Torres and his staff has found significant evidence linking autism to the immune system.
The researchers can genotype six samples per day, Torres said, and there are 30 different data points they look for on each gene. Once the data is collected, it is entered into a database and analyzed.
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CAC gives Community Investment Award
Nancy Bentley (left), director of Active Re-Entry, receives an award from CAC member Kelly Holt.
Active Re-Entry Centers for Independent Living in Price, Utah was named the recipient of the Consumer Advisory Council’s Community Investment Award. Active Re-Entry serves individuals with disabilities in Utah’s seven easternmost counties—Dagget, Duchesne, Uintah, Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan—covering more than 27,000 square miles from Wyoming to Arizona. Nancy Bentley is the executive director, and accepted the $1,500 award from Bryce Fifield, director of Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, on Thursday, Feb. 21 in Price.
The Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) is comprised of self-advocates, family members and representatives from state agencies.
“We look to this group for ideas and strategies … to find ways to give people with disabilities a voice,” Fifield said.
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