Grantees in the News


"Busybody" protein may get on your nerves, but that's a good thing

Salk Institute
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Salk researchers find that p75 protein is vital for signaling pain in the nervous system.


A dietary supplement dampens the brain hyperexcitability seen in seizures or epilepsy

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Friday, October 13, 2017

University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have found that inducing a biochemical alteration in brain proteins via the dietary supplement glucosamine was able to rapidly dampen seizure-related hyperexcitability in rat and mouse models.


Can You Hear Me Now? Ensuring Good Cellular Connections in the Brain

Salk Institute
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Salk scientists revealed how brain cells called astrocytes help neurons form successful connections, offering potential therapeutic target for autism, ADHD, and schizophrenia.


How Brain Develops Before Birth is Tightly Controlled by RNA Modification

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Monday, October 2, 2017

A chemical tag added to RNA during embryonic development regulates how the early brain grows, according to research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The findings are published this week in Cell.


New Class of Molecules May Protect Brain from Stroke, Neurodegenerative Diseases

LSU Health New Orleans
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Research led by Nicolas Bazan, MD, PhD, Boyd Professor and Director of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at LSU Health New Orleans, has discovered a new class of molecules in the brain that synchronize cell-to-cell communication and neuroinflammation/immune activity in response to injury or diseases. 


The rat race is over: New livestock model for stroke could speed discovery

University of Georgia
Monday, September 25, 2017

Researchers at the University of Georgia's Regenerative Bioscience Center have developed the first U.S. pig model for stroke treatments, which will provide essential preclinical data and speed the drug discovery process.


Study uncovers markers for severe form of multiple sclerosis

Yale University
Monday, September 18, 2017

Scientists have uncovered two closely related cytokines — molecules involved in cell communication and movement — that may explain why some people develop progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), the most severe form of the disease. 


Brain Rewiring in Parkinson’s Disease May Contribute to Abnormal Movement

Northwestern
Friday, September 15, 2017

The brain’s own mechanisms for dealing with the loss of dopamine neurons in Parkinson’s disease may be a source of the disorder’s abnormal movement, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in Neuron.


Partnership for a Health Brain

The Salk Institute
Friday, September 15, 2017

Salk Institute scientists have discovered that an interaction between two key proteins helps regulate and maintain the cells that produce neurons. The work, published in Cell Stem Cell on September 14, 2017, offers insight into why an imbalance between these precursor cells and neurons might contribute to mental illness or age-related brain disease.


Human skin cells transformed directly into motor neurons

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Thursday, September 7, 2017

In new research, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have converted skin cells from healthy adults directly into motor neurons without going through a stem cell state.

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