3 Things: TWU Gets Neurodegenerative Disease Research Grant

A national grant helps a TWU research team to work toward a cure for diseases like Alzheimer's


A national grant helps a TWU research team to work toward a cure for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Dallas-based startup helps sports fans cheer on their team in style, and the Dallas Streetcar offers new routes using a unique power source.

A Texas Woman’s University team received a research grant that could help more than 6 million Americans. The three-year, $373,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health will be used for neurodegenerative disease-related research. The research team, composed of students led by assistant biology professor Christopher Brower, aims to slow the progression of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS. TWU has more on Brower and why he chose to come to TWU from California to pursue both teaching and research.

Football fans can now tailgate in the sky, thanks to Dallas aviation startup Rise. The membership-based air travel service makes the use of private planes more accessible to frequent travelers, and recently expanded with a new product Rise Anywhere. Just in time for fall football season, the feature gives members flexibility to choose when and where they want to travel. Dallas Morning News reports members can charter a flight to the college city of their choice, invite friends to fill the seats, and split the cost among the guests. Rise isn’t the only Dallas-based startup targeting sports fans. Dallas Innovates recently reported on Fandeavor, which takes care of travel experiences including game tickets, airfare, ground transportation, and other activities. Learn more about Rise co-founder Nick Kennedy and his purpose in starting the company in this Dallas Innovates video.

The Dallas Streetcar trolley is launching two new stops on Aug. 29. The Dallas trolley runs on both cables and battery, which makes Dallas one of the first cities to use a dual power source according to DART spokesperson Mark Ball. The updated schedule includes more frequent cars running every 20 minutes, making it easier than ever to visit the Bishop Arts District. Although the service officially opens Aug. 29, a sneak peek will be offered beginning Aug. 15. 

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