Gene Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease Can Protect Brain Cells

A protein made by a gene called apolipoprotein E (apoE) protects cultured nerve cells from the damaging effects of a form of oxygen molecules known to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease, report scientists from The Rockefeller University. The findings, published in the September Nature Genetics, reveal a previously unknown function of apoE and may lead researchers to new therapies to treat Alzheimer’s disease. More »

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Four NY Medical Institutions Join in Electronic Database Sharing Project

The libraries of four medical institutions in New York City will collaborate in a computer venture that provides more than 9,000 researchers and health care professionals with greater and faster access to biomedical databases. More »

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Rockefeller University Awards 25 Ph.D.s and Two Honorary Degrees at 36th Commencement

The Rockefeller University today awarded twenty-five Ph.D. degrees to students at the University’s 36th commencement ceremonies. Two honorary degrees were also given, one to Tsung-Dao (T.D.) Lee, a Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist whose studies have revolutionized scientific understanding of the primary forces that shape the universe, and one to Louis J. Hector, Chairman of the Lucille P. Markey Charitable Trust and a long-time champion of the role of basic biomedical research in the struggle against disease. More »

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Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center Affiliates with The Rockefeller University

The Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center for the City of New York, the largest private HIV/AIDS research center in the world, has affiliated with The Rockefeller University, a New York City-based graduate institution specializing in basic biomedical research. The university’s board of trustees voted on the plan at a meeting Thursday, June 13, 1996. More »

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Rockefeller University Honors Brooke Astor, Presents Honorary Degrees to Sydney Brenner and Viktor Hamburger and Awards 25 Doctorates at Graduation Ceremonies

The Rockefeller University will honor civic leader and philanthropist Brooke Astor and award honorary doctorate degrees to scientists Sydney Brenner, D.Phil., a pioneer of modern molecular genetics, and Viktor Hamburger, Ph.D., a founder of developmental neurobiology, at the institution’s 38th commencement exercises, Thursday, June 13, 1996. More »

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Penny E. Cook Appointed Assistant Vice President, Corporate Secretary

The Rockefeller University has named Penny E. Cook assistant vice president for faculty and community affairs and as corporate secretary. More »

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Koch and Massey Join Rockefeller University Board of Trustees

Philanthropist David H. Koch and Morehouse College President Walter E. Massey have been elected to the board of trustees of The Rockefeller University, a graduate institution specializing in biomedical research. More »

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John J. Harrigan Promoted to Vice President for Finance

The Rockefeller University has promoted John J. Harrigan, C.P.A., associate treasurer and controller, to vice president for finance and controller. Harrigan also serves as the chief financial officer of The Rockefeller University Hospital, a clinical research center, and as controller of the Rockefeller Archive Center. More »

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Zachary and Elizabeth M. Fisher Center for Research on Alzheimer’s Established at Rockefeller University

Dr. Torsten Wiesel, the Nobel Prize-winning neurobiologist who is president of The Rockefeller University, announced today the creation of the Zachary and Elizabeth M. Fisher Center for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease. The $5 million Center is made possible by a gift of $2.5 million from the Fisher Medical Foundation and a matching gift from the University’s fund for new initiatives provided by David Rockefeller. More »

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Lewis Thomas Prize Honors Freeman Dyson

Mathematical physicist and author Freeman Dyson will receive the 1996 Lewis Thomas Prize, which honors scientists for their artistic achievements, from The Rockefeller University. More »

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Bacteria Steal Genes, Spread Antibiotic Resistance

A strain of the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae, resistant to the six most frequently used antibiotics and spread worldwide including U.S. day care centers and hospitals, appears to disguise itself from the immune system by changing its coat, report scientists from The Rockefeller University. More »

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Messing With Your Head: Cocaine Found to Affect Endorphin Gene in Brain

The effects of the addictive drug cocaine result, in part, from altering the activity of a gene in the brain, report scientists from The Rockefeller University in the May Molecular Brain Research. More »

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Low Fat, High Sugar Diets Prompt Production of Saturated Fats

Eating a low-fat diet may not always be as healthy as people wish. Results from a study, reported in the May 1 The Journal of Clinical Investigation by scientists at The Rockefeller University and the University of California, Berkeley, show that people on weight-maintenance diets low in fat but high in sugar increase their production of saturated fat. More »

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Gene Involved in Brain Development Identified

Scientists from The Rockefeller University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) have for the first time identified a gene involved in directing nerve cells to their destinations as the brain grows. Their work appears in the April 19 Science. More »

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Mucosal Tissue Site of AIDS Virus Replication in Clinically Well HIV-Infected People

The mucous membranes that lie above the lymph glands of the throat can be a major site of HIV-1 replication in people infected with the virus that causes AIDS but who have not yet developed clinical symptoms, report scientists from The Rockefeller University and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in the April 5 Science. More »

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Light Sets the Molecular Controls of Circadian Rhythm

Light sets the circadian rhythm by eliminating a key protein needed for the molecular mechanism of the body’s clock, according to scientists in the March 22 Science. The findings, from fruit fly studies, may help explain light’s effect on the daily cycle that influences sleep, mental alertness, pain sensitivity and temperature and hormone levels. More »

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Students from Stuyvesant High School and Midwood High School Win Science Fair, Off to International Competition in May

Aaron Wong and Ting Luo, seniors at Stuyvesant High School, captured the first and second place awards, respectively, at the New York City regional competition of the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, at The Rockefeller University. Saif Ahmed and Zhen Huang, juniors at Midwood High School, garnered the first place team project. Ten other students received top honors as well. More »

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Students from 16 New York Metro High Schools Compete in Science Fair

More than 70 juniors and seniors from 16 high schools in the metropolitan area will participate in the New York City regional competition of the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, at The Rockefeller University. More »

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Cells Leap Frog On The Way To Becoming Nerve Cells

Kids aren’t the only ones who play Leap Frog. Cells destined to become nerves in the brain do too, according to scientists from The Rockefeller University, who published their findings in the Feb. 16 Science. The information reveals a new mechanism of migration used by nerve cell precursors and could help in the design of therapies that would replace diseased or injured nerve cells in the human brain. More »

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Genes in Overweight Mice, Rats Carry Instructions for Leptin Receptor

The diabetes (db) gene in mice and the fatty (fa) gene in rats are not only the same genes, they also carry instructions to make the receptor for the protein called leptin, which is known to signal the body’s fat, report scientists at The Rockefeller University and Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc., in the Feb. 16 Science. More »

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