Yearly Archives: 2014

In the News – The Telegraph – McEwen

‘Senior moments’ could be coming to an end “Professor Bruce McEwen, of The Rockefeller University, New York, said: ‘By examining the neurological changes that occurred after Riluzole treatment, we discovered one way in which the brain’s ability to reorganise itself, … More »

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Jeffrey M. Friedman and Leslie B. Vosshall named 2014 AAAS Fellows

Rockefeller University scientists Jeffrey M. Friedman and Leslie B. Vosshall have been awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. More »

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In the News – WSJ – Greengard

The mind and its mysteries   “‘We do know from my own work on depression that there seems to be several different parts of the brain involved [in creativity]. Different parts of the brain are all speaking to each other. … More »

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New research suggests an existing drug, riluzole, may prevent foggy ‘old age’ brain

New research suggests an existing drug, riluzole, may prevent foggy ‘old age’ brainAfter experiments showed treatment prevented normal decline in aging rats’ spatial memory, researchers found changes known to improve connections, and as a result, communication, between certain neurons within the brain’s hippocampus. More »

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‘Radiogenetics’ seeks to remotely control cells and genes

 ‘Radiogenetics’ seeks to remotely control cells and genesA team is developing a system that would make it possible to remotely control biological targets in living animals — rapidly, without wires, implants or drugs. During a test, they used radio waves or a magnetic field to turn on insulin production in mice. More »

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Discovery links shift in metabolism to stem cell renewal

Discovery links shift in metabolism to stem cell renewalNew research links stem cell metabolism with those cells’ decision to pick a fate or renew themselves. In experiments, exposure to a key metabolite called alpha-ketoglutarate enhanced the renewal of mouse embryonic stem cells. More »

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Rockefeller University Hospital shares $2.8 million contract to study preventing drug-resistant infections in the community

Rockefeller University Hospital shares $2.8 million contract to study preventing drug-resistant infections in the communityThe Community Acquired MRSA Project (“CAMP2”) will enroll patients with skin infections, provide English- and Spanish-language health education materials about community-acquired drug-resistant staph infections, and incorporate a home visit program by community health workers to evaluate the effectiveness of household decontamination in preventing reinfection and transmission. More »

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Atomic-level view provides new insight into translation of touch into nerve signals

Atomic-Level View Provides New Insight into Translation of Touch into Nerve SignalsAn ion channel responsible for dampening potentially painful sensations uses a never-before-seen mechanism to shut itself off: A lipid from the nearby cellular membrane protrudes into the channel, blocking it. More »

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Marc Tessier-Lavigne receives lifetime achievement award from biotech executives

Marc Tessier-Lavigne receives lifetime achievement award from biotech executivesThe annual recipient of the NY/NJ CEO Lifetime Achievement Award is nominated and elected by peers from within the biotechnology industry and it recognizes the extraordinary contributions of the awardees toward advancing medical science and products that address unmet medical needs, as well as in helping to create an environment that fosters the growth of the industry in the New York metropolitan area.
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$150 million from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and David Rockefeller launches major campus extension

$150 million from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and David Rockefeller launch major campus extensionMarc Tessier-Lavigne, president of The Rockefeller University, today announced two leadership pledges of $75 million each from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and David Rockefeller to launch a major extension of the University’s campus on the East River. Designed by Raphael Viñoly Architects, the project will add two acres to the existing 14 acres of the campus by building over the FDR East River Drive, enabling the creation of several new buildings with state-of-the-art laboratories, administrative space, a conference facility, a dining commons, and an outdoor amphitheater. More »

In the News – Time – Vosshall

Scientists discover why mosquitoes love human blood “ ‘It was a really good evolutionary move,’ said Leslie Vosshall of Rockefeller University in New York, who led the study published in the journal Nature, ‘We provide the ideal lifestyle for mosquitoes. … More »

Research suggests how mosquitoes evolved an attraction to human scent

Research suggests how mosquitoes evolved an attraction to human scentTo understand the evolutionary basis of the mosquito’s attraction to humans, scientists examined the genes that drive preferences of two different subspecies. Their findings suggest that Aedes aegypti aegypti acquired a love for human body odor, a key step in specializing on people. More »

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C. David Allis wins the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

C. David Allis wins the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences’Allis is recognized for his foundational research on the unexpected regulation of gene activation by modifications to proteins that package DNA, work with implications for many diseases including cancer. The Breakthrough Prize is worth $3 million, making it the richest prize in the life sciences, roughly double the Nobel Prize. More »

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In the News – Forbes – Allis

Winners announced for the world’s richest science award   “[Dr.] Allis is considered the father of one of the hottest fields in 21st century science. Called epigenetics, it is the study of a phenomenon that 20th century biology said shouldn’t … More »

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3D deep-imaging advance likely to drive new biological insights

3D deep-imaging advance likely to drive new biological insights’In a significant technical advance, a team of neuroscientists at The Rockefeller University has devised a fast, inexpensive imaging method for probing the molecular intricacies of large biological samples in three dimensions, an achievement that could have far reaching implications in a wide array of basic biological investigations. More »

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Research resolves contradiction over protein’s role at telomeres

Research resolves contradiction over protein’s role at telomeres To determine the role of a protein found in the protective caps on human chromosomes, researchers engineered the telomeres to lack this protein. Previous studies suggested the altered telomeres would attach to one another, but they did not. More »

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Cori Bargmann awarded 2015 Benjamin Franklin Medal

New technique efficiently turns antibodies into highly tuned ‘nanobodies’Rockefeller University neurobiologist Cori Bargmann will receive the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Sciences for contributions that have led to major discoveries elucidating the relationship between genes, neurons, neural circuits and behavior. The award, announced this week, will be presented in April at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. More »

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New technique efficiently turns antibodies into highly tuned ‘nanobodies’

New technique efficiently turns antibodies into highly tuned ‘nanobodies’Antibodies’ tiny cousins have many potential uses, but scientists haven’t been able to take advantage of them. However, a new technique may make nanobodies dramatically more accessible for all kinds of research. More »

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In the News – HuffPostSci – Friedman

The good news and the bad news about beating obesity   “We don’t ‘pillory people for being very tall or short,’ [Jeffrey] Friedman said, so it makes no sense to blame obese people for being that way–or for obese people … More »

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In the News – ABC – McEwen

Ebola: A crash course in fear and how it hurts us   “Bruce McEwen, a neuroscientist who studies stress at Rockefeller University in New York, said the fear can lead people to change their lifestyle, making them isolate themselves, lose … More »

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