Yale’s Horwich among researchers honored at ‘Oscars of Science’
Yale’s Arthur L. Horwich and his colleague and collaborator F. Ulrich Hartl from the Max Planck Institute were among distinguished scientists feted at the Breakthrough Prize gala awards ceremony Nov. 3 at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.
National Academy of Medicine Elects Six Yale Faculty Members
Six Yale School of Medicine faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). The six are among 100 new members elected by the organization to receive the honor, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service in the fields of health and medicine.
Sestan Among Six Yale Faculty Members Elected to National Academy of Medicine
Nenad Sestan, MD, PhD, Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor of Neuroscience, Professor of Comparative Medicine and of Genetics and Psychiatry, is one of six Yale faculty members elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the organization announced October 21 at its annual meeting.
Yale Scientists Win NIH Awards for Pioneering Work
Yale School of Medicine’s Valentina Greco and Marina R. Picciotto are among the 11 recipients of the National Institutes of Health’s Pioneer Award, which recognizes scientists who have a history of creative research and who show promise in originating “pioneering approaches to major challenges.” Greco and Picciotto will each receive $3.5 million dollars of funding over the course of five years. In addition, four young Yale scientists will receive the NIH’s Innovator Award.
Yale Investigators Receive NIH HEAL Grants to Study Solutions to the Opioid Crisis
Yale researchers representing a range of disciplines have been awarded grants through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative (HEAL). This national effort provides $945 million in total funding to support a variety of research projects that tackle the opioid addiction and overdose crisis.
Research Suggests Male and Female Children's Brains Respond to Differently to Technology
A 2018 study by Marc Potenza, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, in the Child Study Center and of Neuroscience, is cited in a Wall Street Journal Report that investigates brain differences that cause boys to be more interested in video games and girls to spend more time on social media.
Mammals’ Enhanced Capacity to See Emerges Early in Development
All vertebrates possess a primitive network in which the retina sends signals directly to the superior colliculus, an area of the brain that processes visual stimuli. In a more recently evolved pathway, signals from the retina are received in the thalamus and are relayed to the cortex, the brain’s seat of higher-order thinking.
What's Killing America's Vapers?
Marina Picciotto, PhD, Charles B.G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neuroscience and of Pharmacology, was a guest on the Australian television news program Planet America. She discussed the science around the recent outbreak of vaping-related illnesses on an episode titled, "What's Killing America's Vapers?"
Treatment Resistant Depression&Rapid-Acting Antidepressants
Ketamine, originally used as an anesthesia medicine and later abused as a "club drug," may be one of the most important developments for treating depression. Dr. John H. Krystal, M.D., chair of the Yale School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and professor of translational research, psychiatry and neuroscience, discusses his groundbreaking study on the subject.
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.
Nasal Spray Offers Hope for Severly Depressed Patients
John H. Krystal, MD, Chair of the Yale Department of Psychiatry, spoke to the Connecticut Health I-Team for a story about the new nasal spray Spravato, which after receiving Food and Drug Administration approval in March is being prescribed for treatment-resistant depression. Krystal is best known for leading the discovery of the rapid antidepressant effects of ketamine in depressed patients. Spravato's chemical name is esketamine, a derivative of ketamine.
Colón-Ramos named McConnell Duberg Associate Professor
Daniel A. Colón-Ramos, PhD, recently appointed as Dorys McConnell Duberg Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, focuses his research on how synapses are formed and maintained to control behavior and store memories. Colón-Ramos’ discoveries have altered long-held views on the process and may offer important clues in the fight against disease.
Picciotto to be Recognized with Marion Spencer Fay Award
The Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership of Drexel University College of Medicine will award its 2020 Marion Spencer Fay Award to Marina Picciotto, PhD, Charles B.G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neuroscience and of Pharmacology at Yale School of Medicine.