Dr. John Krystal — All Things Ketamine
John H. Krystal, MD, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research and Professor of Psychiatry, of Neuroscience, and of Psychology and Chair of the Yale Department of Psychiatry, recently discussed his groundbreaking research into the drug ketamine on the Tim Ferriss Show.Source: The Tim Ferriss Show
Research Applies Machine Learning/AI to Predict Consciousness for Driving in People with Epilepsy
A new study published in September 2022 in Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology may guide doctors in how to proceed when they observe SWDs on EEG, but are unclear of the patient’s neurological capacity for driving. Led by Principal Investigator Hal Blumenfeld, MD, PhD, researchers have harnessed the power of machine learning/artificial intelligence (AI) to address the shortcomings of traditional testing.
NIH Autism Center of Excellence Program Includes Yale Researchers
The National Institutes of Health recently announced $100 million in awards over five years to support nine Autism Centers of Excellence (ACEs), one of which is a collaborative effort at the University of Virginia (UVA) involving several Yale faculty members.
Yale Neurosurgeons Complete First Successful SMA Resection in Patient Without Corpus Callosum
In May 2022, researchers at Yale School of Medicine published the first recorded case of a patient without a corpus callosum recovering after the removal of the supplementary motor area (SMA) in the journal Neurology.
Study finds enzyme in the brain is a ‘metastat’ for body weight
An enzyme found in the brain acts as a major regulator of body weight, Yale researchers have discovered. In a new study, they found that removing the enzyme from neurons in a part of the brain known as the hypothalamus led mice to gain weight and burn less fat. This finding, they say, suggests that the enzyme could be a target for treating metabolic disease.Source: Yale News
What Makes the Human Brain Different? Study Reveals Clues
What makes the human brain distinct from that of all other animals — including even our closest primate relatives? In an analysis of cell types in the prefrontal cortex of four primate species, Yale researchers identified species-specific — particularly human-specific — features, they report Aug. 25 in the journal Science.Source: YaleNews
Yale-developed Technology Restores Cell, Organ Function in Pigs After Death
Using a new technology they developed that delivers a specially designed cell-protective fluid to organs and tissues, the researchers restored blood circulation and other cellular functions in pigs a full hour after their deaths.Source: YaleNews
Another Byproduct of Aging: Hypermutations in the Brain
Scientists studying non-inherited, or somatic, mutations in frozen post-mortem human brains have found that about 6% of brains are much more likely to accumulate large numbers of these mutations and that these “hypermutable” brains tend to be 40 years old or older.Source: YaleNews
Noonan appointed Kent Professor of Genetics and Professor of Neuroscience
James Noonan, PhD, who has made novel contributions to the fields of human evolutionary genetics and neurodevelopment, was recently appointed the Albert E. Kent Professor of Genetics and Professor of Neuroscience, effective immediately.Source: YaleNews
Scientists Zero in on Genetic Causes of Parkinson’s
In two new papers, scientists provide insight into the function of a protein called VPS13C, one of the molecular suspects that underlie Parkinson’s, a disease marked by uncontrollable movements including tremors, stiffness, and loss of balance.Source: YaleNews
Termara Parker awarded the 2022 NIH Outstanding Scholars in Neuroscience Award Program (OSNAP)
Termara Parker, Fifth-Year Ph.D. Student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, has been selected as an award recipient for the 2022 NIH Outstanding Scholars in Neuroscience Award Program (OSNAP).
In Memoriam: Gordon Murray Shepherd, MD, DPhil
We write today to share that Gordon Murray Shepherd, MD, DPhil, professor emeritus in the Department of Neuroscience, passed away on June 9, 2022. His leadership extended from research to education, and was infused with personal integrity, generosity, and great wisdom. The obituary below was prepared by Stephen Strittmatter, MD, PhD.