Rockefeller University Professor Emeritus, Dr. Abraham Pais, Dies at 82

Professor Emeritus, Dr. Abraham Pais, died Friday evening in Copenhagen. A theoretical physicist of international renown, Dr. Pais became a member of the faculty in 1963, when the university was still known as The Rockefeller Institute.

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Three Leading New York Institutions Announce $160 Million Joint Investment in Biological Research

Three of New York’s leading research institutions announced the creation of a $160 million collaborative program in basic biological research sparked by a private donor who will contribute half the total investment.

The collaboration among Cornell University, its Weill Medical College, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and The Rockefeller University will include the joint recruitment of a dozen new faculty members, reflecting the level of investment demanded by the technological demands of science today. More »

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Rockefeller University Dedicates Peggy Rockefeller Plaza

The Rockefeller University community dedicated Peggy Rockefeller Plaza at the south end of its campus today in a ceremony that included music from a brass band, remarks from donors Anne and Robert Bass, and a surprise announcement. More »

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Rockefeller Researcher Jan Breslow Receives Bristol-Myers Squibb Award For Distinguished Achievement In Cardiovascular Research

Jan Breslow, M.D., head of the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism at The Rockefeller University, has been selected to receive the 2000 Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Cardiovascular Research. Breslow is one of seven researchers in various medical research fields to receive the award in 2000. More »

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Rockefeller Researchers Show Brain Wiring For Detecting Odors May Depend On Experience

Findings show for the first time that development of smell is similar to other senses.

Scientists have known for 30 years that proper development of the area of the brain responsible for processing visual signals depends on stimulation from the environment. In other words, the brain must “use it or lose it.” Now researchers fromThe Rockefeller University have shown a similar paradigm in the development of the brain’s wiring for odor detection in mice. More »

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First Hepatitis-C Center in Northeast Region Established By Rockefeller University, New York-Presbyterian, and Weill Cornell

New York, NY–Three neighboring New York City medical institutions–The Rockefeller University, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and Weill Medical College of Cornell University–have jointly established the Center for the Study of Hepatitis C, the first major center in the Northeast region devoted specifically to the disease. Renowned virologist Charles M. Rice, Ph.D., who recently made the first infectious clone of the virus, will join The Rockefeller University faculty and serve as both scientific and executive director of the multi-institutional center. More »

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Roderick MacKinnon elected to U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Professor Roderick MacKinnon, head of the Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology and Biophysics and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, was elected to membership in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) at the Academy’s 137th meeting on Tues., May 2. MacKinnon studies the functional and structural architecture of ion channel proteins, molecules that govern the electrical potential of membranes throughout nature, thereby generating nerve impulses and controlling muscle contraction, cardiac rhythm and hormone secretion. More »

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Rockefeller Researchers Identify Novel Penicillin-resistance Gene in Pneumonia Bacteria

Penicillin resistance of the bacterium that causes pneumonia, the pneumococcus, is a growing global health problem. Although S. pneumoniae was once considered to be routinely susceptible to penicillin, since the mid-1980s the incidence of resistance of this organism to penicillin and other antimicrobial agents has been increasing in the United States and throughout the world. Now, researchers at The Rockefeller University, reporting in the April 25 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that resistance can be stopped by inactivating a pair of genes responsible for producing molecules called branched muropeptides, the availability of which appears to be essential for the bacterium to survive in the presence of penicillin. The finding suggests that the branched peptides may be a new drug target for fighting penicillin-resistant bacteria. More »

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Chipping Away at Leptin’s Effects

Rockefeller researchers are using genechip technology, a powerful tool for analyzing the expression patterns of thousands of genes at a time. Researchers in the Friedman lab have identified a number of genes that are specifically regulated by the hormone leptin. More »

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NIH And Rockefeller Researchers Find That Gene Acts As “Caretaker” To Genome

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health and Rockefeller University have found that a gene known for repairing breaks in the double strands of DNA also acts as a “caretaker” that prevents chromosome segments from rearranging. Recognizing this additional role for the gene, called Ku80, could increase ways of targeting some tumors that develop when the gene is mutated. More »

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Rockefeller researchers characterize yeast nuclear pore complex

Researchers from The Rockefeller University and the University of Alberta in Canada have obtained the first comprehensive inventory of the protein components of the nuclear pore complex (NPC), an essential cellular structure that regulates transport between the nucleus and the cytoplasm. More »

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Science Outreach H.S. student in top 10 of Intel Science Talent Search

Science Outreach student Eugene Simuni was awarded a $25,000 scholarship for his fifth-place win in the Intel Science Talent Search. A senior at Midwood High School, Simuni was mentored by Ethan Marin, of the Sakmar lab. His project explored protein transmission of visual signals to the brain. Simuni was also chosen by his fellow finalists to receive the Glenn T. Seaborg Award for his commitment to scientific cooperation and communication. More »

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Bard College And Rockefeller University Establish New Collaborative Programs In Science Education

Bard College and The Rockefeller University have established a new, ongoing collaborative program in science education, Rockefeller President Arnold Levine and Bard President Leon Botstein announced today. More »

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NYC pilot study pushes Human Genome Project toward cures for disease

With the completion of the Human Genome Project (HGP) in sight, a group of New York City scientists are undertaking a strategic pilot study to turn that knowledge into promising drug targets as quickly as possible. More »

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Rockefeller University researchers identify protein that regulates RNA in nerve tissue

Protein may play a key role in nervous system function Rockefeller University researchers have identified a protein that is responsible for regulating RNA splicing in nerve cells, a process essential for the development and operation of complex nervous systems, such as those found in mammals, including humans. The protein, called Nova-1, is the first splicing factor specific to one kind of tissue to be found in mammals. More »

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Sexual behavior pathways in the brain identified

Valentine’s Day cards usually depict Cupid’s dart as the messenger of love. New scientific research, however, shows that a key messenger molecule, rather than Cupid’s dart, is responsible for female sexual receptivity–at least in rats and mice. More »

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Rockefeller Receives Horwitz Prize for Pioneering Work on How Genes are Turned On and Off

Rockefeller University biochemist Robert Roeder, Ph.D., received the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University on Thursday, Feb. 3. The prize, which Roeder shares with Robert Tjian, Ph.D., of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of California at Berkeley and Pierre Chambon, M.D., of the Université Louis Pasteur and the College de France, honors scientists for “outstanding basic research in biology or biochemistry.” More »

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Four Rockefeller Science Outreach students are finalists in Intel Science Talent Search

Four out of the 10 Science Outreach students who reached the semifinalist stage in the Intel Science Talent Search, have been named finalists: Evan Fink, Adam Kahn, Chrisann Kyi and Eugene Simuni. Only 40 finalists are named each year. In March the finalists will travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in a week-long competition. Ten winners will be announced at a black-tie dinner on Mon., Mar. 13, and will receive scholarships ranging from $20,000 to $100,000. The remaining 30 finalists will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. More »

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Understanding Drive: Rockefeller researchers uncover the molecular mechanisms of sexual motivation

For most people, sex is a complicated topic. A new book by RU Professor Donald Pfaff, however, is based on the idea that the primitive, biological side of sex is explainable–at least from a scientific point of view. Pfaff’s lab researches the neurobiological and molecular aspects of sexual motivation. In Drive (MIT Press), he shows that the biological basis for sex drive–one of the most primitive human instincts–is largely explained by mechanisms uncovered in animal brains that have not changed in millions of years of evolution. More »

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Rockefeller and Aaron Diamond researcher Douglas Nixon receives Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award

Douglas F. Nixon, M.D., Ph.D., a scientist at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center (ADARC) at Rockefeller University, today was named a co-winner of the Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award. The award is given annually by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to top scientists from the international research community “on the basis of their knowledge, innovation and dedication.” More »

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