Grantees in the News


A radiation-free approach to imaging molecules in the brain

MIT
Friday, December 2, 2016

Scientists hoping to get a glimpse of molecules that control brain activity have devised a new probe that allows them to image these molecules without using any chemical or radioactive labels.


Parkinson's Disease Linked to Microbiome

Caltech
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Caltech scientists have discovered for the first time a functional link between bacteria in the intestines and Parkinson's disease (PD).


Study suggests possible new target for treating and preventing Alzheimer’s

Oregon Health & Science University
Thursday, December 1, 2016

OHSU researchers compare prevalence of aquaporin-4 in the brains of those who had Alzheimer’s disease to those who didn’t have the disease.


Buck Institute study provides neuronal mechanism for the benefits of fasting

Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Thursday, December 1, 2016

The first molecular details are uncovered, in fruit flies, about how nutrient scarcity influences synapse function.


Neural Stem Cells Serve as RNA Highways Too

Duke University School of Medicine
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Duke University scientists have caught the first glimpse of molecules shuttling along a sort of highway running the length of neural stem cells, which are crucial to the development of new neurons.


Portions of the brain fall asleep and wake back up all the time, Stanford researchers find

Stanford University
Thursday, December 1, 2016

New research finds that small regions of the brain cycle in and out of sleep, even when awake. The cycles shift toward “awake” when that part of the brain pays attention to a task.


Autism-Linked Protein Crucial for Feeling Pain

Duke University School of Medicine
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sensory problems are common to autism spectrum disorders. Some individuals with autism may injure themselves repetitively -- for example, pulling their hair or banging their heads -- because they’re less sensitive to pain than other people.


Protective molecule sidelined in models of Lou Gehrig’s disease

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have identified a naturally occurring molecule that has the potential for preserving sites of communication between nerves and muscles in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and over the course of aging — as well as a molecule that interferes with this helpful process.


Our brains have a basic algorithm that enables our intelligence

Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Friday, November 18, 2016

Our brains have a basic algorithm that enables us to not just recognize a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but the intelligence to ponder the broader implications of a bountiful harvest as well as good family and friends.


Turning Back the Aging Clock

University of California Los Angeles & Caltech
Friday, November 18, 2016

Researchers from Caltech and UCLA have developed a new approach to removing cellular damage that accumulates with age. The technique can potentially help slow or reverse an important cause of aging.

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