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Researchers connect ALS hallmark to gene

Stanford Medicine
Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Stanford Medicine researchers have linked a specific gene known to be associated with ALS with a characteristic of the disease, opening avenues for a targeted therapy.

Wayne State Study Addresses Major Outstanding Question in Theoretical Models of Memory

Wayne State University
Tuesday, February 15, 2022

A research team led by faculty members at Wayne State University has discovered that communication between two key memory regions in the brain determines how what we experience becomes part of what we remember, and as these regions mature, the precise ways by which they interact make us better at forming lasting memories.

Blood Levels of Common Antiepileptic Drugs Drop During Pregnancy, Causing Breakthrough Seizures

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Monday, February 14, 2022

Blood levels of many commonly used antiepileptic drugs drop dramatically with the onset of pregnancy, report researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Minnesota today in JAMA Neurology.

Bioengineering professors Thomas Gaj and Pablo Perez-Pinera receive approximately $4.8M from the NIH to develop a gene therapy for ALS

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Monday, January 31, 2022

The NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) awarded University of Illinois bioengineering professors Thomas Gajand Pablo Perez-Pinera a five-year, approximately $4.8 million translational research grant to develop an optimized gene therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a severely debilitating and fatal neurological disorder. 

How Gut Neurons Communicate with the Brain to Control Thirst

Friday, January 28, 2022

The laboratory of Caltech biologist Yuki Oka has worked to learn more about the gut-to-brain osmolality signaling that regulates thirst, and now his team has discovered the major sensory pathway that mediates this process.

Novel Brain Stimulation Approach Treats Severe Depression

Baylor College of Medicine
Wednesday, December 22, 2021

This procedure uses a first-of-its-kind approach that incorporates intracranial electroencephalography (EEG) recordings and stimulation to personalize the understanding of network behavior in the brain during a depressive state and its response to the DBS device. 

Software uses selfies to detect early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

University of Rochester
Monday, November 15, 2021

The software can then predict with remarkable accuracy whether a person who takes a selfie is likely to develop Parkinson’s disease.

Study rules out an antioxidant treatment for slowing the progression of Parkinson’s disease

Massachusetts General Hospital
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The hypothesis that raising the brain levels of the natural antioxidant urate could slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease (PD) has been disproven by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

Preventing the Long-Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

Gladstone Institutes
Thursday, September 9, 2021

Paz and her team identified a specific molecule in a part of the brain called the thalamus that plays a key role in secondary effects of brain injury, such as sleep disruption, epileptic activity, and inflammation.

The hormone irisin is found to confer benefits of exercise on cognitive function

Massachusetts General Hospital
Friday, August 20, 2021

The novel hormone irisin has the ability to drive the cognitive benefits of exercise, and therefore holds great promise for treating cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease, scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have found.