Study Identifies Neuronal Basis of Impaired Consciousness in Absence Epilepsy
Using a genetic model known as Genetic Absence Epilepsy Rats of Strasbourg (GAERS), Yale researchers have identified the neuronal basis for absence epilepsy. Their findings were published Jan. 10 in Nature Communications. During absence epilepsy episodes, children experience brief staring spells, during which they temporarily lose consciousness. Absence seizures can be captured by abnormal rhythms on EEG recordings, but their neuronal cause has never before been identified.
Potential New Treatment for “Brain Fog” in Long COVID Patients
While the number of patients they studied is too small for their results to be definitive, Yale researchers—using their extensive experience with two existing medications—have published initial evidence that those drugs, given together, can mitigate or even eliminate brain fog.
Why Eye Contact Is Rare Among People With Autism
Using an innovative technology that enables imaging of two individuals during live and natural conditions, Yale researchers have identified specific brain areas in the dorsal parietal region of the brain associated with the social symptomatology of autism.Source: YaleNews
Will Long COVID Research Provide Answers for Poorly Understood Diseases Like ME/CFS?
ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome) is a highly disabling, severe condition that has been largely overlooked and even questioned as an illness by physicians and biomedical researchers for decades. But now, scientists including Yale's Akiko Iwasaki and Harlan Krumholz are finding parallels between post-infection long COVID and ME/CFS.
Researchers Probe Why Vaccine Responses Differ From Person to Person
A team of researchers led by Yale School of Medicine’s Steven Kleinstein, PhD, is striving to understand why some people’s immune systems generate a robust protective response post-vaccination while others’ fail, and how this differs across vaccines. The team has published a series of new papers on its investigations.
New Mouse Model Provides Unprecedented Look at Human Immune System
Despite the critical role of neutrophils in the human immune system, no one has been able to study them in a living context, limiting investigations of their properties. But now, a team of Yale researchers has developed the first humanized mouse model that will permit research on neutrophils in vivo.
Frailty, Dementia Raise Mortality Risk for Older Americans After Surgery
The findings have major implications for the way U.S. health care providers and policymakers think about major surgery in certain subgroups of older persons and how providers manage pre-operative and post-operative care for people who are age 65 and older.Source: YaleNews
Glazer and Omer Are New Members of National Academy of Medicine
Two Yale faculty members, Peter M. Glazer, MD, PhD; and Saad B. Omer, MBBS, MPH, PHD; have been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine, the academy announced today. Founded in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is one of three academies that make up the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) in the United States.
Emily Wang, MD, and Two Yale Alumni Win MacArthur ‘Genius’ Awards
The fellowship, which was created in 1981, is presented to individuals in a variety of fields who have shown exceptional originality in and dedication to their creative pursuits. Nominations are submitted anonymously by leaders in their respective fields. Recipients receive a $625,000 stipend paid in installments over five years to continue their creative pursuits. Wang is the 20th recipient who was actively serving as a Yale faculty or staff member at the time of their award.Source: YaleNews
Three Early-career Scientists Recognized as ‘Innovators’
The New Innovator Award is part of the NIH Director’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, supported by the Common Fund. Awards are for researchers who are within 10 years of their final degree or clinical residency and have not yet received an NIH R01 or equivalent grant.Source: YaleNews