Yale Scientists Repair Injured Spinal Cord Using Patients’ Own Stem Cells
For more than half of the patients, substantial improvements in key functions — such as ability to walk, or to use their hands — were observed within weeks of stem cell injection, the researchers report. No substantial side effects were reported.Source: Yale News
Sinha Honored With James H. Tharp Award
Rajita Sinha, PhD, Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Neuroscience and of Child Study, has received the 2020 James H. Tharp Award, a trust-funded award given by the Board of Directors of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
Yale Psychiatry Names New Research Leaders at Connecticut Mental Health Center
Marina Picciotto, PhD, Deputy Chair for Basic Science and Charles B.G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry, of Neuroscience, of Pharmacology and in the Child Study Center, has been named Director of the Ribicoff Labs and of the Division of Molecular Psychiatry. Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Assistant Chair for Translational Research, and Director of the Yale OCD Research Clinic, has been named Director of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (CNRU) and of the Neuroscience Research Training Program (NRTP).
Disagreeing Takes up a Lot of Brain Real Estate
When two people agree, their brains exhibit a calm synchronicity of activity focused on sensory areas of the brain. When they disagree, however, many other regions of the brain involved in higher cognitive functions become mobilized as each individual combats the other’s argument.Source: YaleNews
Chief of Medical Genetics Gets COVID-19 shot
Recent announcements about the imminent availability of multiple promising vaccines against COVID-19 brought hope this winter as the virus tightened its grip on the US and around the world. That hope turned to reality for Yale Genetics Clinical Chief Yong-hui Jiang, who received the first does of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine earlier this January.
Sinha Gives Talk at NIAAA 50th Anniversary Symposium
Rajita Sinha, PhD, Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center and of Neuroscience, spoke at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's 50th Anniversary Symposium on December 1. The title of her talk was "Alcohol's Dark Side."Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Why Are Some Scientists Turning Away From Brain Scans?
Joy Hirsch, PhD, Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Comparative Medicine and of Neuroscience, is using an alternative to brain scans to study the "social brain" - what happens when people talk, touch or make eye contact.Source: The Associated Press
Bell and Colón-Ramos Are Named to National Academy of Medicine
Michelle Bell, PhD, Mary E. Pinchot Professor of Environmental Health at Yale School of the Environment and professor of environmental health at Yale School of Public Health, and Daniel Colón Ramos, PhD, Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at Yale School of Medicine, are Yale's newest members of the National Academy of Medicine.
Neurobiology of Conversation: Brain Activity Depends on Whom You’re Talking To
While neuroscientists have used brain imaging scans to track in great detail neural responses of individuals to a host of factors such as stress, fear, addiction, and even love and lust, new research shows what happens in the brains of two individuals engaged in a simple social interaction.Source: YaleNews
Two Yale faculty named among most inspiring Hispanic/Latinx scientists
Yale’s Daniel Colón-Ramos and Enrique De La Cruz have been named as two of the 100 most inspiring Hispanic/Latinx scientists in America by Cell Mentor, an online professional resource for scientists created by Cell Press.Source: Yale News
Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine August 2020: "Focus: Medical Education"
As medical knowledge grows and evolves, so do the methods by which it is taught to the next generation of doctors and nurses. New technologies, methods, and perspectives offer exciting opportunities to improve medical education, whether in the traditional classroom setting or online via remote learning. Original cover design by Peter Harris.Source: Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine