Grantees in the News


Autistic Children More Likely to Have GI Issues

Columbia University
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Scientists at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health report that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) had two-and-a-half times the odds of persistent gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms as infants and toddlers than children with typical development. Results are published in JAMA Psychiatry.

Blood pressure drug protects against symptoms of multiple sclerosis in animal models

University of Chicago
Friday, March 13, 2015

FDA-approved drug prevents myelin loss and alleviates symptoms of MS by enhancing innate cellular protective response.

UCI study of fruit fly ‘brain in a jar’ reveals mechanics of jet lag

University of California, Irvine
Monday, March 9, 2015

Long the stuff of science fiction, the disembodied “brain in a jar” is providing science fact for UC Irvine researchers, who by studying the whole brains of fruit flies are discovering the inner mechanisms of jet lag.

From chick to bedside: Removing the Wnt barrier

Baylor College of Medicine
Friday, March 6, 2015

Kick starting a process that might repair the damage done in cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis could begin with disabling a driver that helps block regeneration, said Baylor College of Medicine researchers in a report that appears in the journal Neuron.

Research Suggests Brain's Melatonin May Trigger Sleep

Thursday, March 5, 2015

If you walk into your local drug store and ask for a supplement to help you sleep, you might be directed to a bottle labeled "melatonin." The hormone supplement's use as a sleep aid is supported by anecdotal evidence and even some reputable research studies.

Using Fruit Flies to Understand How We Should Sense Hot and Cold

Northwestern University
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Innately, we pull our hand away when we touch a hot pan on the stove, but little is known about how our brain processes temperature information. Northwestern University scientists now have discovered how a fruit fly’s brain represents temperature, mapping it neuron by neuron, which has implications for understanding the much more complex human brain and how it responds to sensory stimuli.

Scripps Florida scientists find a defect responsible for memory impairment in aging

Scripps Research Institute
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Everyone worries about losing their memory as they grow older--memory loss remains one of the most common complaints of the elderly.

Sleep-Walking Neurons: Brain’s GPS Never Stops Working—Even During Sleep

NYU Langone Medical Center
Monday, March 2, 2015

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that navigational brain cells that help sense direction are as electrically active during deep sleep as they are during wake time—and have visual and vestibular cues to guide them.

Genetic Discovery May Help Determine Effectiveness of Huntington’s Disease Treatments

Boston Univesity
Monday, March 2, 2015

A new genetic discovery in the field of Huntington’s disease (HD) could mean a more effective way in determining severity of this neurological disease when using specific treatments.

Reviving drugs with anti-stroke potential, minus side effects

Emory University
Friday, February 27, 2015

In the 1990s, neuroscientists identified a class of drugs that showed promise in the area of stroke.