Assistant Professor Le Zhang, PhD was recently awarded a DP2 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), entitled “Immune Network Dysregulation of the Central Nervous System with HIV Persistence and Opioid Abuse.” The grant, which amounts to more than $2.5 million, began on May 15, 2022 and lasts for four years.
- April 11, 2022
Can we predict who will develop Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias? Can we identify biomarkers to predict disease development early? What are the most promising treatment targets?
- March 16, 2022
“This is the first time we actually know how different body signals are being represented through the vagal interoception system to the brain in a very precise and accurate manner,” says co-senior investigator Rui Chang, PhD. “We know that the brain can very precisely discriminate signals, but what is the biological reason for that discrimination?”
- January 14, 2022
The causes of dementia remain largely unknown to medicine. Scientists and researchers are working hard to connect what is known with gaps in treatment, and illuminating those mysteries that have yet to be resolved.
- October 12, 2020Source: Yale Daily News
A newly published Yale study compared the immune system cells of people with multiple sclerosis, or MS, and those of healthy individuals. The scientists found that immune cells may play an important role in an individual’s mental well-being. Researchers at the Hafler Lab — run by Professor of Neurology David Hafler — used a new technology called single cell RNA sequencing to study the immune cells known as T cells present in the spinal fluid of healthy people and those with MS. Their results provide an in-depth picture of what a normal immune system looks like, which will allow researchers to better understand autoimmune diseases and investigate the link between immunology and psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety. The study, first authored by graduate student Jenna Pappalardo YSM ’20, was published in Science Immunology on Sept. 18.
- September 21, 2020Source: Ladders News
The immune system is undeniably the human body’s main line of defense against viruses, pathogens, and ailments of all physical varieties. Now, however, a potentially groundbreaking new set of research from Yale University theorizes that our immune systems may have an active role in staving off mental health problems as well. More specifically, the research team at Yale has identified a set of immune cells that may be involved in preventing depression among healthy individuals. Those immune cells, referred to as gamma interferons, are a big part of jump-starting and controlling several immune system responses.
- July 30, 2020
Principal Investigators Serena Spudich, MD, MA (Neurology), Mark Gerstein, PhD (Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry), and Yuval Kluger, PhD (Pathology) were recently awarded a $15 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to establish a Data Center to coordinate, analyze, and make accessible single-cell and other molecular data sets generated by Single-Cell Opioid Responses in the Context of HIV (SCORCH) and other NIDA-funded HIV and substance use disorder projects.
- May 11, 2020
Understanding Alzheimer's Disease: Single-cell Analysis and Sex-specific Research Provide New Insights
Alzheimer's researchers identify sex-specific differences by studying single cells, revealing genetic activity that may help explain women's risk for AD.