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Making a major impact in Science

Making a major impact in Science

Tourette’s discovery hailed as breakthrough

When French neurologist Gilles de la Tourette first cataloged the persistent muscle tics and involuntary vocal outbursts characteristic of the syndrome that now bears his name, he recognized that the condition ran in families. Now, 120 years later, Yale researchers led by Matthew W. State, M.D., Ph.D., Harris Assistant Professor of Child Psychiatry, have identified the first genetic mutation associated with Tourette’s syndrome (TS).

Along with a Yale study of dyslexia (see “Dyslexia Gene Also...

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Neuroscientists target disorders of the brain and spinal cord

Neuroscientists target disorders of the brain and spinal cord

Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s, and injuries to the brain and spinal cord from trauma or stroke are among the most feared of the disorders that afflict humankind.

The economic impact of these diseases is massive, and their toll in human suffering is incalculable. According to the National Institute on Aging, the direct and indirect costs of caring for patients with...

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Banner year for Yale as six on faculty join Institute of Medicine

Banner year for Yale as six on faculty join Institute of Medicine

Six Yale researchers, five with appointments at the School of Medicine and one from the School of Nursing, were among the 64 scientists elected in late October to the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

The IOM was formed in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences to honor professional...

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