Archive for the ‘In the News’ Category

Report: Longevity mutation occurs in the wild

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Lab experimentation has long shown that mutations in the Indy gene could increase life span in flies. New research shows this longevity-boosting effect in naturally Indy-mutated flies across the globe.
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Bipolar patients bear heavy Rx load

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

A new study shows that 36 percent of patients admitted to Rhode Island psychiatric hospitals for bipolar disorder were taking four or more psychotropic medications.
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Research setback yields valuable lessons

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Professor of Neurology Stephen Salloway highlights lessons learned from a failed Alzheimer’s drug trial in the Jan 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more…

Passages: Dr. Milton Hamolsky

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Dr. Milton Hamolsky, professor emeritus of medical science and a founding father of Alpert Medical School, died on Jan. 18.  Read more…

Remembering Sam Berns

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Sam Berns died on January 10 from complications from progeria, a rare condition that causes accelerated aging in children. His parents, Leslie Gordon, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and Scott Berns, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, founded the Progeria Research Foundation in 1999 to fight the disease.  Read more…

Fungal lifestyle

Friday, January 10th, 2014

A study of the reproductive processes of yeast yields a surprising discovery.  Read more…


$1.6M award will fund diabetes research

Friday, January 10th, 2014

With $1.625 million in support from the American Diabetes Association, Associate Professor of Medical Science Wolfgang Peti will apply NMR spectroscopy to advance type 2 diabetes research. Read more…

Mangroves move north

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

An analysis of satellite images links northward expansion of mangroves to fewer cold snaps.
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Design for science

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

“Virtual Reality Design for Science,” a course co-listed at Brown and RISD, draws upon computer science, biology, and art to develop visualization tools for scientific analysis. Read more…

Optogenetics effective in larger, more complex brains

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

A new study led by neuroscientists at Brown has shown that optogenetics – a technique that uses pulses of light to genetically alter brain cells – can be as successful in large brains as electrical stimulation.  Read more…