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Picture of person with cerebral palsy sitting in a chair in front of a school bus along with a woman. Both people are smiling.

About 14% of cerebral palsy cases may be tied to brain wiring genes

Monday, September 28, 2020
In an article published in Nature Genetics, researchers confirm that about 14% of all cases of cerebral palsy, a disabling brain disorder for which there are no cures, may be linked to a patient’s genes and suggest that many of those genes control how brain circuits become wired during early...
Word cloud of symptoms related to post-exertional malaise

NIH study details self-reported experiences with post-exertional malaise in ME/CFS

Monday, September 21, 2020
One of the major symptoms of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is post-exertional malaise (PEM), the worsening of symptoms after physical or mental activities.
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NIH researcher Richard J. Youle receives 2021 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Thursday, September 10, 2020
The Breakthrough Prize Foundation has announced that Richard J. Youle, Ph.D., a senior investigator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is one of four recipients of the 2021 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.
Picture of NIH researcher Michael E. Ward, M.D., Ph.D., investigator, NINDS.

NIH lab receives Chan Zuckerberg Initiative award for ALS/FTD research

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) has announced that a lab led by Michael E. Ward, M.D., Ph.D., investigator at the NIH’s NINDS is part of one of 30 pairs of researchers to receive an award from CZI’s Neurodegeneration Challenge Network (NDCN).
Neruons in the worm nervous system

Small set of genes may provide unique barcode for different types of brain cells in worms

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
When it comes to brain cells, one size does not fit all. Neurons come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and contain different types of brain chemicals. But how did they get that way?
Brain scan of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma examined in this study.

Drugs against alpha-ketoglutarate may combat deadly childhood brain tumor

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Every year, 150 to 300 children in the United States are diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPGs), aggressive and lethal tumors that grow deep inside the brain, for which there are no cures.
Picture of stem cells used in study colored in red, blue, green, and yellow.

Turning off “junk DNA” may free stem cells to become neurons

Monday, July 13, 2020
For every cell in the body there comes a time when it must decide what it wants to do for the rest of its life. In an article published in the journal PNAS, NIH researchers report for the first time that ancient viral genes that were once considered “junk DNA” may play a role in this process.
Side view of the human brain in grey overlaid with a network diagram of the words used in this study.

NIH study finds out why some words may be more memorable than others

Monday, June 29, 2020
Thousands of words, big and small, are crammed inside our memory banks just waiting to be swiftly withdrawn and strung into sentences.
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NIH announces new Transformative Research Award program for ALS

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
The National Institutes of Health plans to invest $25 million over 5 years in a new program to spur innovative research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive and fatal neurological disease that weakens and eventually paralyzes voluntary muscles.