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How studying arctic ground squirrels can help advance human brain health.

Video from PBS featuring TRiM Researchers.

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TRiM scientist, Dr. Øivind Tøien, shares his perspective on bear hibernation. 

'Half-asleep' bears are roaming around Russia

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Half-asleep bears are wandering around Siberia because it's too hot to hibernate.

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Half-asleep bears - unable to hibernate - seen walking around Russia, officials say.

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Fat Bear Week

It is that time of year again as the bears of Alaska prepare for the winter. Click below to learn more about Fat Bear Week from the National Park Service.

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Hibernation Science Workshop

Hibernation scientists at University of Alaska Fairbanks have invited colleagues and students from around the world to a workshop in Fairbanks and at the Toolik Lake Research Station.

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"Arctic ground squirrel hibernation trend could affect mating"

As soils in Arctic Alaska become warmer and freeze for shorter periods in winter, mating conditions for arctic ground squirrels are changing. 

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"What It’s Like to Be a Nurse During a Pandemic"

Take a journey with our nurses from the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) to the vaccination clinics and find out what it’s like to be a nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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"Olympic Sleepers of the Arctic"

A documentary about the amazing physiological adaptations of the hibernating arctic ground squirrel and how understanding these mechanisms may lead to translational application for human health and the treatment of disease, the biomedical research focus for the UA Center for Transformative Research in Metabolism. Jamie Currie, a graduate student in UAF's College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, and his film-making partner Irene Magafan of the World Wildlife Fund, produced this film in collaboration with Eye2Eye Productions. The video features interviews with Dr. Kelly Drew, Director, UA Center of Transformative Research in Metabolism, and Dr. Cory Williams, Assistant Professor of Biology, Colorado State University. This film will be premiered at the upcoming Chesapeake Film Festival in Easton Maryland. The producers plan to submit a longer version of the film to domestic and international film festivals.

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This story, featuring Dr. Brandon Briggs, UAA Associate Professor and Core Leader for TRiM’s Advanced Instrumentation for Microbiome Studies (AIMS), was originally broadcast on September 17, 2020. Renovation of the AIMS lab was supported with INBRE funds. This story was produced by Anchorage television station KTUU and describes COVID-19 related work being conducted by Dr. Briggs at the UAA AIMS lab.
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The Center for Transformative Research in Metabolism is unlocking the secrets of hibernation

An interview with Director Dr. Kelly Drew on KTVF
"Most people don't have access to hibernating animals and most people don't see this extreme physiology, that makes you think outside the box, because it's not normal. I mean this little guy, he's completely out of it right?" - Kelly Drew

UAF research into hibernating species yields clinical application

An interview with PI Dr. Robert Coker on KTVF
“There’s a lot to learn from hibernating species. Many animals hibernate, and despite the fact that they might be asleep for a few months to several months, they preserve their lean tissue mass, or more importantly their skeletal muscle, as well as their physical function,” - Robert Coker