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Diabetes drug may prevent recurring strokes

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
NIH-funded global study suggests novel approach for preventing repeated cardiovascular events

New members selected for National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Six esteemed individuals have been selected to serve on the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council, the principal advisory body to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health.
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New NIH-funded memory drug moves into Phase 1 clinical study

Thursday, December 31, 2015
An experimental drug that may improve memory is now being tested in a Phase 1 safety trial. The compound, BPN14770, was developed by Tetra Discovery Partners, with support from the NIH Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network, a program designed to facilitate the discovery and development of novel...

Speeding up brain's waste disposal may slow down neurodegenerative diseases

Monday, December 21, 2015
A study of mice shows how proteasomes, a cell's waste disposal system, may break down during Alzheimer's disease (AD), creating a cycle in which increased levels of damaged proteins become toxic, clog proteasomes, and kill neurons. The study, published in Nature Medicine and supported by the...

Scientists manipulate consciousness in rats

Friday, December 18, 2015
Scientists showed that they could alter brain activity of rats and either wake them up or put them in an unconscious state by changing the firing rates of neurons in the central thalamus, a region known to regulate arousal. The study, published in eLIFE, was partially funded by the National...

DNA repair factor linked to breast cancer may also play a role in Alzheimer's disease

Monday, November 30, 2015
Mutant forms of breast cancer factor 1 (BRCA1) are associated with breast and ovarian cancers but according to new findings, in the brain the normal BRCA1 gene product may also be linked to Alzheimer's disease. The results, published in Nature Communications, suggest that low levels of BRCA1...

Study shows how fruit flies beat the heat (and cold)

Monday, November 23, 2015
Humans aren't the only ones that take shelter when the weather turns unpleasant. A team of researchers at Northwestern University's Department of Neurobiology has mapped the neural circuits that allow flies to avoid uncomfortable temperatures.

Batten disease may benefit from gene therapy

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
In a study of dogs, scientists showed that a new way to deliver replacement genes may be effective at slowing the development of childhood Batten disease, a rare and fatal neurological disorder.

Scientists identify main component of brain repair after stroke

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Looking at brain tissue from mice, monkeys and humans, scientists have found that a molecule known as growth and differentiation factor 10 (GDF10) is a key player in repair mechanisms following stroke. The findings suggest that GDF10 may be a potential therapy for recovery after stroke. The study,...

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