How neurons get past ‘no’

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LA JOLLA–(June 24, 2021) When looking at a complex landscape, the eye needs to focus in on important details without losing the big picture–a charging lion in a jungle, for example. Now, a new study by Salk scientists shows how inhibitory neurons play a critical role in this process. […]

Chronic Psychosocial Stress Could Lead to Alzheimer’s Disease

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Chronic stress, which involves a pathway called the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis , may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new review paper. Armstrong et al. summarize the literature describing environmental and genetic factors that can impact an individual’s HPA axis reactivity and function and ultimately […]

‘Impossible to ignore’: How a former neuroscientist and dancer is turning research into art

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Across from a dog park in the heart of Washington, D.C., stands a striking, multicolored mural , in which two women reach for each other across a space teeming with variegated particles. The 23-meter-wide mural, inspired by the work of Duke University particle physicist Ayana Arce , who is […]

Cohen Veterans Bioscience Joins PRISM 2 Consortium

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Lead by Innovative Medicines Initiative, the Project Aims to Identify Biomarkers for Mental Disorders – Success of first part of project has led to funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking for a new project that will build on PRISM’s successes – Focus on Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia […]

Four researchers earn interdisciplinary Schmidt Science Fellowships

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Four MIT-affiliated researchers are among 28 around the world to have been named to a competitive Schmidt Science Fellowship, an award created in 2017 to advance interdisciplinary studies among early-career researchers. “An initiative of Schmidt Futures , delivered in partnership with the Rhodes Trust , the Schmidt Science Fellows […]

Think Your Cognition Is Getting Worse? It Might Be Due to Brain Connectivity Changes

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Jessica Damoiseaux, Ph.D., an associate professor with the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University, recently published the results of a three-year study of cognitive changes in older adults. The team followed 69 primarily African American females, ages 50 to 85, who complained that their cognitive ability was worsening […]

New project aims to identify quantitative biological features common across diseases

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Building on the success of innovative research by the PRISM project, the Innovative Medicine Initiative 2, a joint undertaking between the EU and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), has backed the program with funding for a new project to explore the underlying biology of Alzheimer’s […]

FDA documents show how controversial Alzheimer’s drug decision was reached

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Sarah Silbiger via Getty Images New documents released Tuesday depict, in greater detail, how staff at the Food and Drug Administration were not in agreement as the agency weighed whether to approve a controversial new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. For months, it was known that the FDA team responsible […]

SLEEP-SMART Intervention Shows Promising Results for Women Suffering from Sleeping Problems, Depression, and Anxiety

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By the first spring of the pandemic, women had “alarmingly high rates of mental health problems,” including depression and anxiety, according to a study published this spring in the Journal of Women’s Health. The researchers point to job losses and other severe stressors of the pandemic that have taken […]

Federal grant could help researchers from Mayo unlock mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease

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A Mayo Clinic scientist says a large federal grant could help researchers figure out how to one day treat or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. A $33 million grant from the National Institute on Aging will support Alzheimer’s research led by Mayo’s Guojun Bu, principal […]