Science Market Update

Columbia University Researchers Identify Neurodevelopmental Syndrome

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, May 31, 2016

Neuroscience and genetics are two important topics life scientists are consistently studying. Researchers from UC Davis found a promising treatment for Huntington's Disease, while UC San Francisco was awarded $185 million to build a new neuroscience research institute. Recently on the East Coast, a team of researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center discovered a new neurodevelopmental syndrome as well as the genetic makeup of the mutations that cause the syndrome. (Image courtesy of Allen Ajifo via Wikimedia Commons)

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UCSF Receives $185M Donation for New Neuroscience Research Institute

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, May 02, 2016

The University of California, San Francisco is one of the most well-funded research institutions in the country, comprised of hundreds of life scientists conducting cutting-edge research who continuously publish important research results. Thanks to a generous donation, the university will be expanding its research space over the next few years.  

(Image courtesy of Payton Chung via Wikimedia Commons)

Sandy and Joan Weill have recently announced a donation of $185 million to UCSF to create a new neuroscience institute on the UCSF Mission Bay campus, called the Weill Institute for Neurosciences. The institute will be housed in a soon-to-be-built $316 million facility, providing 270,000 square feet for research and outpatient services where medical practitioners and researchers can collaborate on projects.

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Pitt Biomedical News: Military Medicine Research Center + VA Research Expansion

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Thu, Apr 14, 2016

(Original article from 2012 by Jaimee Saliba. Updated information added by Katey Rein.)

The University of Pittsburgh has strong ties with the Pittsburgh Veteran's Administration Medical Center located next door, and in the past few years those relations have been strengthened with the establishment of the UP School of Medicine Center for Military Medicine Research as well as a new research facility at the VA's University Drive campus.

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UC Davis Researchers Find Promising Treatment for Huntington’s

Posted by Cat Girton on Thu, Apr 07, 2016

An estimated 30,000 people in the United States are afflicted with Huntington’s disease. Receiving a diagnosis of this genetic neurodegenerative disorder is unimaginably devastating. Sufferers slowly lose control of their movement and develop psychiatric problems over the course of 10-25 years, and often the disease is undetected until adulthood. Just this year, UC Davis researchers in Sacramento, California have discovered that human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) - cells with the ability to differentiate into bone cells, muscle cells, and other cell types - could be the key to developing an effective new therapy to treat Huntington’s. The promising findings are published in the journal Molecular Therapy

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Irvine Scientists Find Connection Between Alzheimer's and Inflammatory Cells

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Mar 22, 2016

Neuroscience is an ever-expanding life science field. There is so much still unknown about the brain and diseases that affect it, and scientists are constantly performing research and publishing new findings. Diseases such as Alzheimer's, which affects memory and causes behavioral problems, are continually being investigated with the ultimate goal of finding a cure and creating new treatment methods. Recently, a team of researchers found a connection between the memory loss associated with Alzheimer's Disease and certain inflammatory cells in the brain. 

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UIUC Scientists Understand Differences Amongst Brains

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Mar 15, 2016

When it comes to the brain, there is still so much that scientists don't know, like what causes certain diseases and how traits like memory and intelligence differ from brain to brain. Scientists in Illinois are currently making strides to understand the latter. A team of researchers from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, recently conducted a study that revealed that anatomical and cognitive factors in different brains are affected by different traits.

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Rockefeller Raises $20M for New Neuroscience Institute

Posted by Robert Larkin on Tue, Dec 22, 2015

Neuroscientists at Rockefeller University in New York will be making breakthroughs in a brand new institute, according to a recent announcement from the university and the Kavli Foundation. The new Kavli Neural Systems Institute (Kavli NSI) will be located at Rockefeller University, thanks in part to a $20 million endowment supported equally by Kavli and Rockefeller.

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UCSD Receives $30M from NIH for 4D Nucleome Research

Posted by Robert Larkin on Mon, Dec 07, 2015

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $30 million in grants for the development of the 4D Nucleome Program at University of California, San Diego. The $120 million NIH project comprises six separate initiatives, with three of the initiatives involving UCSD researchers.

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Stanford Miniaturizes Optogenetic Biotech in Mice

Posted by Robert Larkin on Mon, Oct 05, 2015

According to the Optogenetics Resource Center at Stanford University, optogenetics involves using genetics and light to control events within specific cells, in this case – brain tissue. Until recently, technology available for optogenetics has been comparable bulky and unwieldy, a problem which the Stanford researchers had hoped to address.

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UCI Researchers Study “Seeds” of Huntington’s Disease

Posted by Robert Larkin on Mon, Aug 31, 2015

Scientists at UC Irvine have created a new method to quickly and accurately track the progression of Huntington’s disease. Irvine researchers studied Huntington’s proteins present in spinal fluid to determine that they held a “seeding” property, which is essential to the disease’s progression.

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