Scientists Track Spread of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in 12 New York City Hospitals

A team of researchers led by scientists from The Rockefeller University and the Public Health Research Institute (PHRI) used molecular fingerprinting techniques to track the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in 12 hospitals in the New York City metropolitan area. The findings, published in the July issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases, confirms the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant strains of staph in New York City. More »

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Scientists Identify New Gene That Controls Sleep/Wake Cycle

A newly discovered gene called double-time regulates the molecular cycles underlying circadian rhythms, scientists from The Rockefeller University report in two papers featured on the cover of the July 10 issue of Cell. The researchers also identified the molecular mechanism that allows this gene to work. More »

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Arnold J. Levine Named President of Rockefeller University

Dr. Arnold J. Levine, the Harry C. Wiess Professor in the Life Sciences at Princeton University and a world-renowned cancer biologist, has been elected the eighth president of The Rockefeller University. Dr. Levine was selected to succeed Dr. Torsten N. Wiesel, who will retire this fall after seven years of service as Rockefeller’s president. Levine will assume the presidency after the regularly scheduled November board of trustees meeting. More »

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Lewis Thomas Prize Honors Ernst Mayr

Evolutionary biologist and author Ernst Mayr, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 1998 Lewis Thomas Prize: Honoring the Scientist as Poet. The prize, which honors scientists for their literary achievements, is awarded by The Rockefeller University. More »

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Rockefeller University Researchers Hunt for Type 2 Diabetes Susceptibility Genes

The Rockefeller University is looking for people with type 2 diabetes to participate in a study aimed at determining the genetic causes of early- and late-onset forms of the disease. The study is part of the research program of the university’s Starr Center for Human Genetics. More »

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Researchers from Rockefeller University Develop Novel Method to Fight Cancer

Researchers from The Rockefeller University in New York City have developed a new method to fight cancer by using dendritic cells to activate T cells via a new pathway. Reported in the March 5 Nature, the technique offers the promise of new therapies for cancer, AIDS and autoimmune diseases. More »

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Rockefeller University Creates Center for Immune Disease Research

The Rockefeller University will launch the Christopher H. Browne Center for Immunology and Immune Diseases with a $5 million gift from university Trustee Christopher H. Browne, managing director of the investment firm Tweedy Browne Company, LLC. The center will provide immunologists at the university with access to the next generation of sophisticated laboratory technologies, speeding the progress of research on a broad spectrum of diseases that involve the immune system, including cancer, AIDS and other infectious diseases, and such autoimmune disorders as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and lupus. More »

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From the Center for the Advancement of Health: Stress: It’s Not Just All in Your Head

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Chemistry Magazine Names Rockefeller Nobel Laureate One of 75 Top Chemists

Nobel Prize winner Bruce Merrifield, Ph.D., John D. Rockefeller Jr. Professor Emeritus at The Rockefeller University, has been named one of the top 75 “distinguished contributors to the chemical enterprise” by Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the news magazine of the American Chemical Society, in a special issue marking the society’s 75th anniversary.
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Glucose metabolism defect in rare form of Type 2 diabetes revealed

A defect in a gene recently linked to a rare inherited form of Type 2 diabetes impairs the pathway that breaks down blood sugar and provides the main signal for insulin secretion in the pancreas, report researchers at The Rockefeller University in the Nov. 25 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This work provides the first insight into the molecular mechanism of this disease and opens new avenues for developing better therapies to treat more common forms of late-onset diabetes. More »

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Plant-Based Therapies Examined for Colon Cancer Prevention

Three therapies derived from plants will be tested at The Rockefeller University in New York City for their ability to prevent colorectal cancer, which afflicts some 150,000 Americans each year. The compounds have the potential to be safer than cancer-thwarting nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), widely used aspirin-like drugs known to prevent colorectal cancer as well as reduce related deaths by half. More »

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Hunt for Early Heart Attack Genes Begins

More than 2,000 people will be enrolled in a hunt for the genetic causes that underlie “early” heart attacks that strike men and women in middle age. The study is part of the research program of the Starr Center for Human Genetics at The Rockefeller University in New York City. More »

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Mutated Gene Causes Death of Nerves in Brain

A gene responsible for the degeneration and death of certain nerve cells in the brain has been cloned, yielding information that may be useful for further studies of such neurodegenerative diseases as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, investigators from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at The Rockefeller University and from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine report in the Aug. 21 Nature. More »

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Resistance to Leptin Contributes to Obesity

Insensitivity to the protein leptin, which helps the body regulate its fat stores, contributes to obesity in mice according to the first formal study of leptin intolerance, report scientists in the Aug. 5 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The findings also provide clues about leptin’s action in the nervous system and may help to explain some forms of obesity that affect humans, including more than 50 million overweight adult Americans, the researchers note. More »

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Rockefeller University Honors William O. Baker, Presents Honorary Degrees to Irene Diamond and Christian de Duve and Awards 21 Doctorates at Graduation Ceremonies

The Rockefeller University will honor William O. Baker, Ph.D., former chairman of the board of AT&T Bell Laboratories, Inc., and award honorary doctoral degrees to philanthropist Irene Diamond and Nobel Prize winner Christian de Duve, Ph.D., M.D., at the institution’s 39th commencement exercises, Thursday, June 12, 1997. More »

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Lewis Thomas Prize Honors Max Perutz

Nobel laureate, molecular biologist and author Max Perutz, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 1997 Lewis Thomas Prize, which honors scientists for their literary achievements and is awarded by The Rockefeller University. More »

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Altered Gene Increases Men’s Risk for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Possessing an altered form of a gene involved in the communication between the brain’s nerve cells may put certain men at greater risk of developing obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), report scientists from The Rockefeller University and four other institutions in the April 29 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The discovery, the first susceptibility gene isolated for OCD, offers a possible target for developing treatments for the disorder, which affects 1 to 3 percent of the U.S. population. More »

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Scientists Determine 3-D Crystal Structure of Cancer-causing Protein

The three-dimensional picture of a cancer-causing protein illuminates how a mutated gene transforms cells into cancer, report scientists from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at The Rockefeller University in the Feb. 13 Nature. The determination of this structure clarifies earlier models that sought to explain how the gene, called src, works and offers new information for designing drug therapies to fight cancers. More »

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Marker Helps Identify Children at Risk for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Following Streptococcal Infections

A biological marker may identify children at risk for developing obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) after having an untreated streptococcal bacteria infection, according to scientists from The Rockefeller University and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The discovery will help improve the understanding of the disease process of OCD and related tic disorders such as Tourette’s syndrome. More »

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Behavior and the Brain: A New View of the Nature-Nurture Debate

Nature and nurture affect behavior by influencing the structure and function of the nervous system. How genes, environment and experiences interact to tailor a person’s behavior is the focus of many exciting investigations, which will be featured in a free, three-part series of public lectures at The Rockefeller University. The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations support the series, which features experts from Rockefeller, Harvard University and Cornell University. More »

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