Richards named head of neuroscience

Linda J. Richards, PhD, recognized internationally for her expertise in brain development and developmental disorders, has been named head of the Department of Neuroscience and the Edison Professor of Neurobiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She will take the helm Jan. 1. Richards is a professor of neuroscience and the deputy director of […]

Loss of smell and taste can be only signs of coronavirus

Doctors are learning the loss of smell and taste are affecting about half of the coronavirus cases and some people may have those only two symptoms and no fever or body aches.  Fox 2’s Mandy Murphey spoke with Dr. Jay Piccirillo a professor of otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  He […]

Cancerous tumors, surrounding cells illuminated by new imaging agent

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a new imaging agent that could let doctors identify not only multiple types of tumors but the surrounding normal cells that the cancer takes over and uses as a shield to protect itself from attempts to destroy it. The study appears March 9 […]

Insight into Alzheimer’s early stages provides clues to treatment strategies

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting more than 5 million people in the U.S., but doctors have limited advice on how to protect against it. The disease develops silently in the brain for two decades or more before people begin showing the characteristic signs of forgetfulness and confusion. Understanding that silent […]

Medical students lead effort to collect masks, gowns, gloves, eye protection

With cases of the novel coronavirus on the rise in the St. Louis region, Washington University in St. Louis is anticipating shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) — such as masks, gowns, gloves and eyewear — at university-affiliated hospitals and clinics. As work is reduced in university laboratories, medical students are asking researchers to collect […]

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“Modafinil in Recovery after Stroke (MIRAS): A Retrospective Study” (2020) Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases Modafinil in Recovery after Stroke (MIRAS): A Retrospective Study (2020) Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 29 (4), art. no. 104645, .  Cross, D.B.a , Tiu, J.c , Medicherla, C.a , Ishida, K.a , Lord, A.a , Czeisler, B.a , Wu, C.a , Golub, D.a […]

Lang honored by physical therapy association

Catherine Lang, PT, PhD, professor of physical therapy, of neurology and of occupational therapy, and associate director of the Movement Science Program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. The award, the association’s highest honor, serves as an inspiration for physical therapists […]

Washington University to break ground on major neuroscience research hub

Washington University in St. Louis will begin construction in March on what will be one of the largest neuroscience research buildings in the country. Located on the School of Medicine campus, the 11-story, state-of-the-art research facility will merge, cultivate and advance some of the world’s leading neuroscience research. The 609,000-square-foot facility and interconnected projects initially […]

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“Challenges and Opportunities with Causal Discovery Algorithms: Application to Alzheimer’s Pathophysiology” (2020) Scientific Reports Challenges and Opportunities with Causal Discovery Algorithms: Application to Alzheimer’s Pathophysiology (2020) Scientific Reports, 10 (1), art. no. 2975, .  Shen, X.a , Ma, S.a , Vemuri, P.b , Simon, G.a , Weiner, M.W.c , Aisen, P.d , Petersen, R.b , Jack, C.R.b , Saykin, A.J.e , […]

2020 Distinguished Faculty Awards announced

Washington University School of Medicine faculty members nominate their peers for Distinguished Faculty Awards. The honors are recognition of their colleagues’ wide-ranging achievements, talents and dedication. The recipients, recognized for excellence in clinical care, community service, research and teaching, received the awards in a ceremony Feb. 26 at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on […]

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“Genomic prediction of alcohol-related morbidity and mortality” (2020) Translational Psychiatry Genomic prediction of alcohol-related morbidity and mortality (2020) Translational Psychiatry, 10 (1), art. no. 23, .  Kiiskinen, T.a f , Mars, N.J.f , Palviainen, T.f , Koskela, J.f , Rämö, J.T.f , Ripatti, P.f , Ruotsalainen, S.f , Palotie, A.f g h , Madden, P.A.F.b , Rose, R.J.c , Kaprio, J.d […]

Fighting MS

During his freshman year of college, Brian Phillips came home one day to find his parents unexpectedly already there. With tears in his eyes, his dad, a former Marine, put his hand on his son’s shoulder and asked him to sit down. “I’ll never forget it,” Phillips said. “I’d never seen my dad cry before.” […]

Diabetes in mice cured rapidly using human stem cell strategy

Researchers have converted human stem cells into insulin-producing cells and demonstrated in mice infused with such cells that blood sugar levels can be controlled and diabetes functionally cured for nine months. The findings, from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, are published online Feb. 24 in the journal Nature Biotechnology. “These […]

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“Spectral hallmark of auditory-tactile interactions in the mouse somatosensory cortex” (2020) Communications Biology Spectral hallmark of auditory-tactile interactions in the mouse somatosensory cortex (2020) Communications Biology, 3 (1), art. no. 64, .  Zhang, M.a c , Kwon, S.E.b d , Ben-Johny, M.a e , O’Connor, D.H.b , Issa, J.B.a f a Department of Biomedical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, […]

Brain and Behavior Research Foundation awards grants to five researchers

Five researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have received Young Investigators Grants from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. The foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by supporting research that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. The $70,000 grants help junior investigators launch […]

Can Hearing Aids Help Prevent Dementia?

Hearing loss has long been considered a normal, and thus acceptable, part of aging. It is common: Estimates suggest that it affects two out of three adults age 70 and older. It is also rarely treated. In the U.S., only about 14 percent of adults who have hearing loss wear hearing aids. An emerging body […]

Barch elected to head AAAS psychology section

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected Deanna Barch the chair-elect of its Section on Psychology, one of 24 specialized AAAS sections. Barch Barch is professor and chair of psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. She is also the Gregory B. Couch Professor of Psychiatry and professor […]

Collaboration with SLU leads to purchase of $5 million microscope

From snapshots of the molecular structure of Zika virus to 3D maps of tiny blood vessels in the lungs, images captured by the Washington University Center for Cellular Imaging (WUCCI) have provided insight into countless biological phenomena and aided investigations into myriad aspects of human health and disease. Now, the center is poised to expand […]

Why Zika virus caused most harmful brain damage to Brazilian newborns

Due to Zika virus, more than 1,600 babies were born in Brazil with microcephaly, or abnormally small heads, from September 2015 through April 2016. The epidemic took health professionals by surprise because the virus had been known since 1947 and was not linked to birth defects. As scientists scrambled to figure out what was going […]

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“Self-reported sleep disturbance in Crohn’s disease is not confirmed by objective sleep measures” (2020) Scientific Reports Self-reported sleep disturbance in Crohn’s disease is not confirmed by objective sleep measures (2020) Scientific Reports, 10 (1), art. no. 1980, .  Iskandar, H.N.a , Linan, E.E.b , Patel, A.c , Moore, R.d , Lasanajak, Y.d , Gyawali, C.P.b , Sayuk, G.S.b e , Ciorba, […]

Gene ID’d as potential therapeutic target for dementia in Parkinson’s

Dementia is one of the most debilitating consequences of Parkinson’s disease, a progressive neurological condition characterized by tremors, stiffness, slow movement and impaired balance. Eighty percent of people with Parkinson’s develop dementia within 20 years of the diagnosis, and patients who carry a particular variant of the gene APOE are at especially high risk. In new research, […]

Investigational drugs didn’t slow memory loss, cognitive decline in rare, inherited Alzheimer’s, initial analysis indicates

An international clinical trial evaluating whether two investigational drugs can slow memory loss and cognitive decline in people in the early stages of a rare, inherited form of Alzheimer’s disease has yielded disappointing results, an initial analysis of the data has shown. However, the researchers continue to explore data from the trial’s cognitive and clinical […]

Suicidal thoughts in 9- and 10-year-olds correlate to family dynamics, study found

Death by suicide in children has reached a 30-year high in the United States. During middle and high school, 10% to 15% of kids have thoughts of suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How early in a child’s life do these thoughts begin? New research from Washington University in St. Louis […]

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“Loss-of-function mutations in UDP-Glucose 6-Dehydrogenase cause recessive developmental epileptic encephalopathy” (2020) Nature Communications Loss-of-function mutations in UDP-Glucose 6-Dehydrogenase cause recessive developmental epileptic encephalopathy (2020) Nature Communications, 11 (1), art. no. 595, .  Hengel, H.a b , Bosso-Lefèvre, C.c d , Grady, G.e , Szenker-Ravi, E.c , Li, H.f , Pierce, S.g , Lebigot, É.h , Tan, T.-T.i , Eio, M.Y.i , […]

Stanley Cohen, Nobelist, Dies at 97; Made Breakthrough on Cell Growth

Stanley Cohen, a Brooklyn-born biochemist who shared the 1986 Nobel Prize in medicine for the discovery of chemicals that promote and help regulate the growth of cells — research that greatly advanced science’s understanding of cancer, dementia and other maladies — died on Wednesday in Nashville. He was 97. Vanderbilt University announced his death, at a […]

Newly-identified gene may help fight dementia risk in Parkinson’s, mice study shows

Almost 80 per cent of people with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive neurological condition characterised by tremors, slow movement, and impaired balance, will develop dementia within 20 years. Now, researchers at Washington University have discovered that those who carry a certain variant of the gene APOE may be especially at risk, potentially opening doors to treatments to […]

Collaboration lets researchers ‘read’ proteins for new properties

Clumps of proteins inside cells are a common thread in many neurodegenerative diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. These clumps, or solid aggregates of proteins, appear to be the result of an abnormality in the process known as liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS), in which individual proteins come together to form a […]

Gallardo received 5-year, $1.96M grant from National Institute on Aging/NIH

Gilbert Gallardo, assistant professor of neurology at the School of Medicine, received a five-year, $1.96 million grant from the National Institute On Aging of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research titled “Engineering anti-tau intrabodies that reduce tauopathy by either the proteasome, lysosome, or chaperone mediated autophagy.” Read more.

Noise-induced hearing loss blocked with drug compound

Loud noise can damage the inner ear and cause hearing loss. Studying mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Iowa have shown that a drug compound can block damage caused by loud noise, raising the possibility of medication that prevents noise-induced hearing loss. The study is published […]

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“FAM222A encodes a protein which accumulates in plaques in Alzheimer’s disease” (2020) Nature Communications FAM222A encodes a protein which accumulates in plaques in Alzheimer’s disease (2020) Nature Communications, 11 (1), art. no. 411, .  Yan, T.a , Liang, J.b , Gao, J.a , Wang, L.a , Fujioka, H.c , Weiner, M.W.d , Schuff, N.d , Rosen, H.J.d , Miller, B.L.d , […]

Snyder receives 5 year $2.55M grant from National Eye Institute of the NIH

Lawrence H. Snyder, MD, PhD, professor of neuroscience at the School of Medicine and of psychological and brain sciences in  Arts  & Sciences, received a five-year $2.55 million grant from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research titled “Interhemispheric communication underlying bimanual and eye-hand coordination.” Read more.

Fitzpatrick elected to microscopy society governing council

James Fitzpatrick, PhD, a professor of neuroscience and of cell biology and physiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been elected biological sciences director of the Microscopy Society of America. He will serve a three-year term on the society’s governing council beginning in 2020. An expert in biological imaging, Fitzpatrick is […]

Board of Trustees grants faculty appointments, promotions

At the Washington University in St. Louis Board of Trustees meeting Dec. 6, several faculty members were appointed or promoted with tenure, effective Jan. 1 unless otherwise indicated. Appointment with tenure Lisa Tabor Connor as professor of occupational therapy at the School of Medicine, effective Dec. 6; Richard J. Cote, MD, as professor of pathology and immunology […]

Snyder receives 5-year $2.55M grant from National Eye Institute/NIH

Lawrence H. Snyder, MD, PhD, professor of neuroscience at the School of Medicine and of psychological and brain sciences in  Arts  & Sciences, received a five-year $2.55 million grant from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research titled “Interhemispheric communication underlying bimanual and eye-hand coordination.” Read more.

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“Autosomal dominantly inherited alzheimer disease: Analysis of genetic subgroups by machine learning” (2020) Information Fusion Autosomal dominantly inherited alzheimer disease: Analysis of genetic subgroups by machine learning (2020) Information Fusion, 58, pp. 153-167.  Castillo-Barnes, D.a , Su, L.b , Ramírez, J.a , Salas-Gonzalez, D.a , Martinez-Murcia, F.J.c , Illan, I.A.a , Segovia, F.a , Ortiz, A.c , Cruchaga, C.d […]

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“Structural basis for adhesion G protein-coupled receptor Gpr126 function” (2020) Nature Communications Structural basis for adhesion G protein-coupled receptor Gpr126 function (2020) Nature Communications, 11 (1), art. no. 194, .  Leon, K.a b , Cunningham, R.L.c , Riback, J.A.a d , Feldman, E.a , Li, J.a b , Sosnick, T.R.a e , Zhao, M.a , Monk, K.R.c f , Araç, D.a […]

The bullied brain

The TV show “Survivor,” now in its 39th season, has spawned hosts of spin-offs and adaptations. Most cater to reality-TV lovers worldwide, but one surprising variation has become part of the toolbox researchers use to understand the effects of bullying on adolescents. Bullying is known to be a risk factor for depression, especially among young […]

$29 million for new phase of international Alzheimer’s study

For more than a decade, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has led an international effort to better understand Alzheimer’s disease by studying people with rare genetic mutations that cause the disease to develop in their 50s, 40s or even 30s. The researchers have shown that the disease begins developing two decades or […]

Nature vs. nurture

Compelled by the potential to improve the lives of vulnerable children, emeritus trustee Walter Metcalfe and his wife, Cynthia, have committed nearly $4 million through outright and estate gifts to support the work of Joan L. Luby, MD, a highly regarded child psychiatrist. Luby and her colleagues have linked adversity, including poverty and neglect in the […]

Mokalled receives $1.93M from the NINDS of the NIH

Mayssa Mokalled, assistant professor of developmental biology, has received a five-year, $1.93 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for her project titled “Mechanisms of glial bridging and neurogenesis during spinal cord regeneration in zebrafish.” Read more.

Wendland appointed Washington University provost

Beverly Wendland, the James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, has been appointed provost of Washington University in St. Louis, effective July 1, according to Chancellor Andrew D. Martin. Wendland will succeed Marion Crain, who has served as interim provost since July 2019. A member of the Johns […]

Victoria Church receives $165K postdoctoral fellowship award from Bumpus Foundation

Victoria Church, a postdoctoral research scholar in the lab of Andrew S. Yoo,  associate professor of developmental biology at the School of Medicine, received a three-year, $165,000 postdoctoral fellowship award from the William N. & Bernice E. Bumpus Foundation for her project titled “Modeling PD with patient-derived directly reprogrammed neurons.” Read more.

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“Diffusion basis spectrum imaging provides insights into MS pathology” (2020) Neurology(R) Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation Diffusion basis spectrum imaging provides insights into MS pathology (2020) Neurology(R) Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation, 7 (2), .  Sun, P., George, A., Perantie, D.C., Trinkaus, K., Ye, Z., Naismith, R.T., Song, S.-K., Cross, A.H. From the Radiology (P.S., A.G., Z.Y., S.-K.S.), Washington University in Saint Louis, […]

Depression, anxiety may hinder healing in young patients with hip pain

New research suggests that physicians evaluating young patients with hip pain should consider more than such patients’ physical health. They also should consider screening those patients for clinical depression and anxiety — impairments that researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found can have a negative impact on outcomes following hip […]

Timothy Miller receives international innovation prize

Timothy Miller, MD, PhD, the David Clayson Professor of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and a group of his colleagues have received the inaugural Healey Center International Prize for innovation in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research from the Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS at Massachusetts General Hospital. […]

Cavalli receives $300K Stein Innovation Award

Valeria Cavalli, professor of neuroscience at the School of Medicine, received a $300,000 Stein Innovation Award from Research to Prevent Blindness to explore ways to support the survival or regeneration of cells in the eye in order to prevent blindness caused by glaucoma. Read more.

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“Incidence and predictors of post-traumatic stress symptoms in a cohort of patients with intracerebral hemorrhage” (2020) Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery Incidence and predictors of post-traumatic stress symptoms in a cohort of patients with intracerebral hemorrhage (2020) Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, 190, art. no. 105657, .  Garton, A.L.a , Gupta, V.P.b , Pucci, J.U.c , Couch, C.K.d , Connolly, E.S., Jrc […]

Laura Ibanez awarded $281K grant from Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation

Laura Ibanez, a postdoctoral research associate in neurogenetics and informatics in the laboratory of Carlos Cruchaga at the School of Medicine, has received a $281,370 grant from the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation to study gene products associated with Alzheimer’s disease that can be found in the blood. The project will use next-generation sequencing to measure […]

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“Clinical instrument to retrospectively capture levels of EDSS” (2020) Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders Clinical instrument to retrospectively capture levels of EDSS (2020) Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, 39, art. no. 101884, .  Ciotti, J.R.a , Sanders, N.b , Salter, A.c , Berger, J.R.d , Cross, A.H.a , Chahin, S.a a Department of Neurology, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, […]