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MonthAugust 2016

Largest study of its kind sheds new light on the complex genetics of autism.

Genetic variation accounts for a major proportion of the liability to autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Now, a study from led by researchers at UCLA shows that in families with multiple … Continue Reading Largest study of its kind sheds new light on the complex genetics of autism.

Researchers elevate brain protein to allay symptoms of Alzheimer’s in animal model.

Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by the degeneration of neurons in the hippocampus and cortex, and the appearance of neuritic plaques and neurofibrillary tangles.  Although the precise cause of Alzheimer’s disease remains … Continue Reading Researchers elevate brain protein to allay symptoms of Alzheimer’s in animal model.

New class of molecule identified in central role of inflammation and the immune system.

The inflammatory response is an integral part of the innate immune mechanism that is triggered in response to a real or perceived threat to tissue homeostasis, with a primary aim … Continue Reading New class of molecule identified in central role of inflammation and the immune system.

Injectable gel used to prevent heart failure in animal model after heart attack.

During a heart attack, clots or narrowed arteries block blood flow, harming or killing cells within the tissue.  However, the damage doesn’t end after the crushing pain subsides. The heart’s … Continue Reading Injectable gel used to prevent heart failure in animal model after heart attack.

Cell therapy successfully promotes axon remyelination in an animal model.

Demyelinating diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and leukodystrophy, are characterized by damage to the protective myelin sheath that surrounds the axons of neurons. This demyelination can be caused by an … Continue Reading Cell therapy successfully promotes axon remyelination in an animal model.

Plant-based nanoparticles successfully treat inflammatory bowel disease in animal model.

There is a clinical need for new, more effective treatments for chronic and debilitating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.  Now, a study from researchers at … Continue Reading Plant-based nanoparticles successfully treat inflammatory bowel disease in animal model.

Researchers image the epigenetics of the human brain for the first time ever.

Epigenetic dysfunction is implicated in many neurological and psychiatric diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. Consequently, histone deacetylases (HDACs) are being aggressively pursued as therapeutic targets. However, a fundamental knowledge … Continue Reading Researchers image the epigenetics of the human brain for the first time ever.