Major Gift Will Support an Innovative Brain Research Collaboration
The Swiss-based NOMIS Foundation is making a large five-year award for research into what makes the human brain unique. The research will be a collaboration between the laboratories of James P. Noonan, PhD, associate professor of genetics and of neuroscience at Yale School of Medicine, and Franck Polleux, PhD, professor of neuroscience at Columbia University and a member of that school’s Zuckerman Institute. Their combined mission is to understand the brain and mind.
Horwich Is Co-recipient of $3 Million Breakthrough Prize
Arthur L. Horwich, MD, Sterling Professor of Genetics and professor of pediatrics, and his colleague F. Ulrich Hartl, from the Max Planck Institute, will share a 2020 Breakthrough Prize. This prize was developed by Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Ma, and Yuri Milner, together with their families, to honor the most accomplished life scientists.
Two Yale Genetics Students Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships
Two Yale Department of Genetics students were recently awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Myles Alderman from the Xiao lab and Mark Noble from the Noonan lab have been recognized by the fellowship program for their contributions and aspirations in both scientific innovation and education.
Scientists Restore Some Functions in a Pig’s Brain Hours After Death
Circulation and cellular activity were restored in a pig’s brain four hours after its death, a finding that challenges long-held assumptions about the timing and irreversible nature of the cessation of some brain functions after death, Yale scientists report in the journal Nature.
Sleep or sex? How the fruit fly decides
Choosing between sex or sleep presents a behavioral quandary for many species, including the fruit fly. A multi-institution team has found that, in Drosophila at least, males and females deal with these competing imperatives in fundamentally different ways, they report July 28 in the journal Nature Communications.
Yale Stem Cell Center will host two-day symposium to celebrate its 10th anniversary
Since it was founded in 2006, the Yale Stem Cell Center has supported the ground-breaking work of researchers and scientists working in basic stem cell research and translational science. On Thursday, Nov. 10, and Friday, Nov. 11, the center will hold a symposium in honor of its 10th anniversary.
Five young Yale scientists recognized for excellence
Five Yale faculty members are among the 84 young researchers designated as Faculty Scholars under a new program to promote early career scientists, launched by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Simons Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Genomic analysis pinpoints a potential target for treatment of Down syndrome
A study of changes in the patterns of gene activity in the brains of people with Down syndrome reveals that the formation of the brain’s white matter is affected throughout life, a finding that suggests treatment might be possible for the condition that affects 400,000 Americans.
Research in the news: How a mutated gene wreaks havoc on white matter
An inherited disease of myelin marked by slow, progressive neurological impairment is caused by mutations of a gene that controls lipid metabolism, a finding that may shed insight into mechanisms to control the course of multiple sclerosis (MS), a Yale team has found.
Q&A with geneticist Jim Noonan: The rise of an 'autism gene'
Yale geneticist and Kavli investigator James Noonan talks to SFARI.org about his work on CHD8, a gene that affects the way DNA is packaged in a cell's nucleus, and its emergence as a strong risk factor for autism.Source: Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
Strategies to accelerate diagnosis and treatment of rare cardiovascular diseases
The current landscape for patients with rare cardiovascular disease has shifted. Using genome sequencing Yale physician-scientists have begun to elucidate the pathophysiology of genetic disorders and develop treatment guidelines and recommendations.