TBRI's most recent findings describing how the pine cone extract affects the immune system has been published in the journal, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The title of the article is, An orally active immune adjuvant prepared from cones of Pinus sylvestris, enhances the proliferative phase of a primary T cell response.The article can be reviewed and/or downloaded by clicking on following link: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/14/163.
The TBRI Summer Undergraduate Research Program is off to a great start. For the last three weeks students from St. Petersburg College and Eckerd College have been evaluating molecules from the pine cone extract with the potential of being responsible for the extracts biological activity. This already looks to be a very productive and learning intensive summer program.
As part of an assignment to give back to the community, students (Drake, Hannah, Olivia, and Jocelyn) from Our Savior Lutheran School raised money for research at TBRI by selling pizza at a local restaurant. The owner of the restaurant graciously matched the money they raised. At the end of our "Discover the Power" event these wonderful students presented TBRI's president (Dr. Akiko Tanaka) with a substantial check. It was a wonderful way to conclude the event. Again, we thank Drake, Hannah, Olivia, Jocelyn, their teacher and the restaurant owner for helping support TBRI!
A great big Thank You goes out to all who attended our "Discover the Power" event on April 16th. The turnout was great and the enthusiasm was outstanding! The Q&A session could have continued deep into the night.
Immunotherapy—the art and science of training peoples’ immune systems to fight their own cancers—was named Breakthrough of the Year by the journal, Science. (http://news.sciencemag.org/breakthrough-of-the-year-2013)