Press Releases

Preliminary results show improvement in MS symptoms

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Combining the estrogen hormone estriol with Copaxone, a drug indicated for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), may improve symptoms in patients with the disorder, according to preliminary results from a clinical study of 158 patients with relapsing...

This image is an artist’s representation of an astrocyte. The light flashes represent changing calcium levels.

Eavesdropping on brain cell chatter

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Everything we do — all of our movements, thoughts and feelings – are the result of neurons talking with one another, and recent studies have suggested that some of the conversations might not be all that private. Brain cells known as astrocytes may be listening in on, or even participating in,...

NIH-funded scientists show that the deadly Parkinson’s gene LRRK2 can kill nerve cells (green) by tagging the s15 ribosomal protein (purple), a cog in a cell’s protein-making machinery.

Too much protein may kill brain cells as Parkinson's progresses

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Scientists may have discovered how the most common genetic cause of Parkinson's disease destroys brain cells and devastates many patients worldwide. The study was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); the results...

NIH celebrates grand opening of state of the art research facility on NIH campus will foster new collaborations among scientists studying the brain.

NIH celebrates grand opening of John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center

Monday, March 31, 2014

The National Institutes of Health will host a scientific symposium and a dedication ceremony March 31- April 1, 2014, to celebrate the completion of the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center. This state of the art facility brings together neuroscientists from 10 institutes and centers...

Nucleolin (green) is scattered throughout the nucleus (blue) in a motor neuron obtained from induced pluripotent stem cells generated from the skin biopsy of an ALS patient.

3-D changes in DNA may lead to a genetic form of Lou Gehrig's disease

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

New findings reveal how a mutation, a change in the genetic code that causes neurodegeneration, alters the shape of DNA, making cells more vulnerable to stress and more likely to die.