Grantees in the News


Study identifies new target to preserve nerve function

Oregon Health & Science University
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Scientists have identified an enzyme that plays a crucial role in the degeneration of axons, the threadlike portions of a nerve cell that transmit signals within the nervous system. Axon loss occurs in all neurodegenerative diseases, so this discovery could open new pathways to treating or preventing a wide array of brain diseases.

NIH scientists find rare disease clues in cell’s recycling system

Monday, July 17, 2017

Scientists have demonstrated how an investigational drug works against a rare, fatal genetic disease, Niemann-Pick type C1 (NPC1).

Not all astrocytes in the brain are the same, study finds

University of California, Los Angeles
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Researchers upend long-standing idea that the star-shaped brain cells can’t be differentiated from each other.

Study Identifies Tools to Identify Patients at Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Earlier Ages

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Friday, July 7, 2017

A tool intended to detect signs of autism in high-risk infants can be used to help identify and treat patients with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a genetic disorder, who most need early intervention. Moreover, they can identify these patients earlier than ever before.

Researchers ID network of neurons crucial for vocal learning

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Researchers have identified a network of neurons that plays a vital role in learning vocalizations by aiding communication between motor and auditory regions of a brain.

Study: Exposure to Light Causes Emotional and Physical Responses in Migraine Sufferers

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Monday, June 26, 2017

Researchers identify novel connections between neurons in the eye and brain.

Novel Viral Vectors Deliver Useful Cargo to Neurons Throughout the Brain and Body

Monday, June 26, 2017

The viruses reach their targets via the bloodstream and could be used to treat neural disorders.

Lights Out: The Neural Relationship Between Light and Sleep

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Researchers have discovered a specific protein in see-through fish brain that responds to light and darkness to set the correct balance between sleep and wakefulness.

New technique makes brain scans better

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Boosting quality of patient MRIs could enable large-scale studies of stroke outcome.

A No-Brainer? Mouse Eyes Constrict to Light Without Direct Link to the Brain

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Monday, June 19, 2017

Experimenting with mice, neuroscientists report new evidence that the eye’s iris in many lower mammals directly senses light and causes the pupil to constrict without involving the brain.