Yearly Archives: 2011

Among large economies, the United States is second only to Australia in the amount of carbon dioxide it emits per capita, according to the latest figures from the federal Energy Information Administration. “Every person you add to the country makes all … More »

Cell 147: 590–602 (October 28, 2011)

Cell 147: 590–602 Molecular Architecture of the Transport Channel of the Nuclear Pore Complex Sozanne R. Solmaz, Radha Chauhan, Günter Blobel and Ivo Melčák The nuclear pore complex encloses a central channel for nucleocytoplasmic transport, which is thought to consist of three … More »

In the News – NYC

“But it is also possible, said Dr. Jules Hirsch of Rockefeller University, that researchers just do not know enough about obesity to prescribe solutions. One thing is clear, he said: ‘A vast effort to persuade the public to change its habits … More »

Marc Tessier-Lavigne elected to Institute of Medicine

A world leader in the study of brain development, Tessier-Lavigne has pioneered the identification of the molecules that direct the formation of connections among nerve cells to establish neuronal circuits in the mammalian brain and spinal cord. Tessier-Lavigne is among 65 new members and five foreign associates elected to the Institute this year. More »

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Neurobiologist visits Rockefeller as part of renewed scientific exchange program with Karolinska Institute

Thomas Perlmann, a neurobiologist at the Karolinska Institute who studies the dopamine-producing cells that die during the development of Parkinson’s disease, will visit the Rockefeller University campus this week and give the Nicholson Lecture on Friday. The lecture is part of a recently renewed program that supports research exchanges between the university and the Karolinska Institute. More »

Michael W. Young to receive 2011 Horwitz Prize for studies on molecular basis of circadian rhythms

Michael W. Young will share Columbia University’s Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize with with Jeffrey C. Hall and Michael Rosbash for their work on the molecular basis of circadian rhythms. His research provides a basis for the development of possible treatments for hereditary sleep disorders in humans. More »

Rockefeller University scientist Ralph Steinman, honored today with Nobel Prize for discovery of dendritic cells, dies at 68

Rockefeller University cell biologist Ralph M. Steinman, who discovered the immune system’s sentinel dendritic cells and demonstrated that science can fruitfully harness the power of these cells and other components of the immune system to curb infections and other communicable diseases, is this year’s recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden, announced today. He shares half the prize with Bruce A. Beutler and Jules A. Hoffmann. More »

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Cell 147: 199–208 (September 30, 2011)

Cell 147: 199–208 Crystal Structure of the Mammalian GIRK2 K+ Channel and Gating Regulation by G Proteins, PIP2, and Sodium Matthew R. Whorton and Roderick MacKinnon Here, we present the first crystal structures of a G protein-gated K+ channel. By comparing the wild-type … More »

Papavasiliou and Stavropoulos receive “transformative” NIH grant

Rockefeller University’s Nina Papavasiliou will receive a grant from the National Institutes of Health under a program designed to encourage high-risk, high impact research. The grant will fund efforts to develop new ways of engineering therapeutic antibodies that could lead to novel vaccines for a number of communicable diseases ranging from HIV to flu as well as non-communicable diseases, such as various cancers, neurodegenerative diseases and drug addiction. More »

Gaby Maimon named one of Popular Science’s “Brilliant Ten”

The honor recognizes Maimon’s development of a technique to monitor electrical activity in individual neurons as fruit flies navigate a virtual world in “tethered flight.” Maimon’s platform provides a bridge to link genes, through the electrical activity of neurons, to fly behavior. In his system, flies are attached to a small plate where they can flap their wings in “tethered flight.” More »

In the News

“Across town at the Rockefeller University, the new science facility, by Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, exists for no other purpose than to bring people out of isolation. It’s an addendum, a voluptuous glass link, seven stories high, interposed between two preexisting laboratory … More »

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“‘Over 2,700 marine scientists in over 80 nations made the first-ever census of marine life over the past decade,” said Jesse Ausubel, director of the Program for the Human Environment at Rockefeller University, speaking recently at a packed Secret Science … More »

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“Peter Holt, a researcher at Rockefeller University in New York, said that overweight patients who have the common ‘stomach stapling’ operations are likely to have large concentrations of alcohol in the blood even if they drink little, which take a … More »

In the News

“Dr. Greengard, 85, is still making breakthroughs. In an offshoot of his award-winning research, the director of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research recently discovered a new pathway for potentially treating the disease. He identified a protein in mice that stimulates … More »

In the News

“Consider the investigation of Mike Rossner, executive director of the Rockefeller University Press. In 2002, while trying to format a scientific image in Photoshop that was going to appear in one of the journals, Rossner noticed that the background of the image contained different intensities of pixels. This led Rossner and his colleagues to begin analyzing every image in every accepted paper.” More »

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“‘The problems are here and now,’ said Joel Cohen, head of the laboratory of populations at New York’s Rockefeller University. ‘People forget there are a billion chronically hungry people; every day those people wake up and they’re hungry all day, and they go to sleep hungry.’” More »

In the News

After the success of protease inhibitors in HIV, research groups around the world began investigating whether the same mechanism would work for hepatitis C. In 1997 Charles M. Rice, now head of the laboratory of virology and infectious disease at the Rockefeller University, showed that mutating the viral protease in hepatitis C–infected chimpanzees stopped the virus, the first clue about the enzyme’s importance. More »

Rockefeller University receives $36.1 million to help translate science into cures

Rockefeller University’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), a center aimed at accelerating the pace of translating science into real-life solutions for patients, has received $36.1 million from the National Institutes of Health to expand its work over the next five years. The CCTS is among 10 institutes nationwide to receive the renewed funding, in recognition of their successes during the first five years of the NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards program. More »

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DNA testing by high school students shows many teas contain unlisted ingredients

Unlisted ingredients identified by DNA barcoding technology include weeds such as annual bluegrass and herbal plants such as chamomile. Though mostly harmless, the surprise ingredients could affect a tiny minority of consumers with acute allergies. More »

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Scientists identify broad and potent HIV antibodies that mimic CD4 binding

A new approach gives researchers the ability to isolate single antibodies as well as investigate entire families of highly active antibodies against HIV.
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