Large-scale survey of clinical research participants shows mostly positive experiences

Although many participants gave high marks to the research teams’ trustworthiness and ability to explain their protocols, the survey also revealed that a sizable minority did not feel completely prepared for the study. The results suggest aspects of the participant experience that researchers may be able to address. More »

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Michael A. Foley named director of Tri-I Therapeutics Discovery Institute

An accomplished chemist and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of industry and academic experience, Foley has been named director of a pioneering early stage drug discovery initiative formed jointly with Weill Cornell Medical College and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center formed in October. More »

Neuroscientist Winrich Freiwald awarded New York Stem Cell Foundation grant

Freiwald, who studies the neural processes that allow the brain to recognize objects and maintain attention, is is one of seven scientists who have been named Robertson Investigators and will receive $1.5 million over the next five years to expand their laboratories and train other scientists. More »

Gene is linked to deadly runaway fungal infection

Jean-Laurent Casanova, head of the Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases, and colleagues at Necker Medical School in Paris have discovered a genetic deficiency that in rare cases allows the dermatophyte fungus, which causes ringworm, to spread below the skin’s surface and onto the lymph nodes, bones, digestive tract and even the brain. More »

Rockefeller scientists among those involved in search for Higgs boson

This week’s announcement that two physicists have received the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery of the Higgs boson is also a victory for thousands of scientists, including several from Rockefeller, who worked to collect data and analyze results from particle collisions. More »

Neurobiologist Vanessa Ruta receives New Innovator Award to fund research on memory wiring in the brain

Ruta, head of the Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior, will use the New Innovator grant, worth nearly $2.5 million over five years, to fund new technical approaches to studying the fly’s olfactory system, including devising new optical labeling techniques which will allow scientists to trace the circuits that encode a specific olfactory association. More »

Trio of New York biomedical institutions join forces to accelerate drug development

The Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute, Inc. is launched by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Rockefeller University and Weill Cornell Medical College, and a pioneering partnership is formed with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company. More »

Huda Y. Zoghbi, pediatric neurologist, to receive 2013 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize

Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D., a pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist who has worked on the genetic underpinnings of rare neurological diseases and advanced our understanding of brain disorders, has been selected to receive the tenth annual Pearl Meister Greengard Prize—one of the world’s preeminent honors recognizing outstanding achievements by women in science. More »

New technique in RNA interference cuts time and cost in genetic screens

Rockefeller scientists revealed the first genome-wide RNA interference screen of a mouse, using a new technique that essentially treats the surface of living mouse embryos as a petri dish of cells, allowing for in vivo analysis. More »

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Structural biologist, interested in ribosome assembly, to join Rockefeller faculty

Sebastian Klinge has dedicated his career to understanding the ribosome, with a particular emphasis on its atomic structure and the process by which it forms in the cell. Klinge is the first faculty member to be recruited to the university under its 2012 strategic plan; he was appointed assistant professor in June and will open his lab, to be called The Laboratory of Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry, on September 15. More »

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Researchers find molecule that causes sunburn pain

A collaboration between Elaine Fuch’s Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development at Rockefeller University and researchers at Duke University and the University of California, San Francisco, found that blocking a molecule called TRPV4 greatly protects against the painful effects of sunburn. The research could yield a way to combat sunburn and possibly several other causes of pain. More »

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Rockefeller president joins U.S. university leaders in Israel to explore collaborative opportunities

Rockefeller’s president, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, will join several U.S. university leaders in Israel this week to explore opportunities for collaborations with Israeli institutions in areas such as brain science, environmental sustainability, biotechnology, diversity and women’s leadership. The visit has been arranged by Project Interchange, a non-profit educational institute of the American Jewish Committee, which is an advocacy group based in New York. More »

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James E. Darnell Jr. elected to membership in American Philosophical Society

The society, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, it is the United States’ first learned society, and unique among its peers for the wide variety of academic disciplines represented by its membership. Darnell is the university’s tenth faculty member to be inducted into the society. More »

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Scientists identify gene that regulates stem cell death and skin regeneration

A collaboration between researchers in Hermann Steller’s Strang Laboratory of Apoptosis and Cancer Biology and Elaine Fuchs’s Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development has revealed a new function for a gene previously shown to prevent stem cells from turning cancerous. The gene, Sept4/ARTS, has now been shown to regulate programmed death in skin stem cells, a finding that may have implications for wound healing, regeneration and cancer. More »

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Jonathan Fisher receives Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists

Fisher is a postdoc in James Hudspeth’s Laboratory of Sensory Neuroscience studying the biophysics and neurophysiology of the auditory system. He is one of seven winners of the prize, which is given to faculty and postdocs in the tri-state area. More »


17 students receive Ph.D.s at Rockefeller’s 55th Convocation

In addition to the graduating students, honorary degrees were awarded to two Nobel winning scientists and members of the Rockefeller faculty, Günter Blobel and Paul Greengard, as well as James H. Simons, a mathematician, investor and philanthropist, and his wife Marilyn Simons, president of the Simons Foundation. More »

Paul Nurse receives Albert Einstein World Award of Science

President emeritus and head of the Laboratory of Yeast Genetics and Cell Biology at Rockefeller, Nurse is being honored by the World Cultural Council for his long-term work as scientific leader committed to excellence in learning, research, health and education. More »

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Mutant mosquitoes lose their appetite for humans

Scientists in Leslie Vosshall’s Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior at Rockefeller used a genetically modified mosquito to show that a specific gene called orco gives the insects a strong preference for humans over other mammals, and that the insect repellant DEET uses this pathway to deter mosquitoes from biting. More »

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Mike Young to receive Shaw Prize

Young and two colleagues will be awarded the 2013 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine, worth $1 million. Established in 2002, the Shaw Prize honors individuals who have achieved breakthroughs in academic and scientific research or applications and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on humanity. More »

Rockefeller hosts British Prime Minister David Cameron

Cameron’s May 15 visit to the university, part an effort by the British government to acknowledge the value and investment that U.S. biomedical research has in the UK, also included a tour of President Marc Tessier-Lavigne’s neuroscience laboratory and a meeting with Nobel Prize winning neurobiologist Paul Greengard. More »