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Scientists Restore Youthful Plasticity to the Brains of Adult Mice
research
Aug 07, 2017

Scientists Restore Youthful Plasticity to the Brains of Adult Mice

Like the rest of the body, the brain loses flexibility with age, impacting the ability to learn, remember, and adapt. Now, scientists at University of Utah Health report they can rejuvenate the plasticity of the mouse brain, specifically in the visual cortex. Published today in PNAS, the study shows that manipulating a single gene triggers the shift, revealing it as a target for new treatments to recover the brain’s youthful potential. ... Read More

Neurobiology and Anatomy
From DNA to Decision-making: University of Utah Health Awarded $4 Million Toward a Comprehensive Look at Heart Birth Defects
recognition
Jun 22, 2017

From DNA to Decision-making: University of Utah Health Awarded $4 Million Toward a Comprehensive Look at Heart Birth Defects

ob/gyn research, heart disease

The American Heart Association (AHA) awarded investigators at University of Utah Health $3.7 million to conduct collaborative research to prevent and treat congenital heart disease. U of U Health is one of four groups across the country to join the AHA’s Strategically Focused Research Network (SFRN) for children.... Read More

Neurobiology and Anatomy,Population Health Sciences,Human Genetics,Obstetrics and Gynecology
Playing Favorites: Brain Cells Prefer One Parent’s Gene Over the Other’s
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Feb 23, 2017

Playing Favorites: Brain Cells Prefer One Parent’s Gene Over the Other’s

genetics, epigenetics, brain

It has long been thought that each copy of our DNA instructions - one inherited from mom and one from dad - is treated the same. A new study from scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine shows that it is not uncommon for cells in the brain to preferentially activate one copy over the other. The finding breaks basic tenants of classic genetics and suggests new ways in which genetic mutations might cause brain disorders. ... Read More

Neurobiology and Anatomy
recognition
Jan 05, 2017

Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award

Kurt Albertine is the 2017 recipient of the Bodil M. Schmidt‐Nielsen Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award from the American Physiological Society. In addition to his many scientific contributions, he established the Anatomy Teacher-Scholar Program within the department that mentored future faculty who now lead anatomy programs across the US.... Read More

Neurobiology and Anatomy
research
Jan 05, 2017

Scientific Achievement Award

Joe Yost was chosen to receive the 2017 Henry Gray Scientific Achievement Award, in recognition of his work on Left-Right developmental pathways that impact cardiovascular and neural development. This is AAA’s highest scientific award for his unique meritorious contributions and achievements in the anatomical sciences.... Read More

Neurobiology and Anatomy
recognition
Jan 05, 2017

Research Grant Awarded

Jason Shepherd was chosen to receive a three-year award from the E. Matilda Ziegler Foundation for the Blind for his project entitled, “Investigating the Molecular Mechanisms of Critical Period Plasticity in the Mouse Visual Cortex”.... Read More

Neurobiology and Anatomy
Want to Touch a Brain?
education
Mar 14, 2016

Want to Touch a Brain?

brain, neuroscience

Members of the public can touch a human brain or move a ball with their thoughts during Brain Awareness Day on Saturday, March 19 at the Leonardo museum. Brain Awareness Day activities will be presented at the museum free of charge from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the atrium of the Leonardo, 209 E. 500 South in downtown Salt Lake City. The hands-on activities – meant to educate the community about the wonders of the brain – will be led by Utah neuroscientists brought together by the Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscience at the University of Utah. ... Read More

Neurobiology and Anatomy
Genetic Tug of War in the Brain Influences Behavior
research
Jul 30, 2015

Genetic Tug of War in the Brain Influences Behavior

behavior

Researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine report on a version of genetic parental control in mice that is more targeted, and subtle than canonical imprinting. Published in Cell Reports, so-called noncanonical imprinting is particularly prevalent in the brain, and skews the genetic message in subpopulations of cells so that mom, or dad, has a stronger say. The mechanism can influence offspring behavior, and because it is observed more frequently than classic imprinting, appears to be preferred. ... Read More

Neurobiology and Anatomy
Jason Shepherd Explores Connections Between Memory Formation and Cognitive Disorders - U of U School of Medicine
research
Sep 25, 2014

Jason Shepherd Explores Connections Between Memory Formation and Cognitive Disorders - U of U School of Medicine

Alzheimer’s, autism, Fragile X syndrome, and memory loss all have something in common. There is a protein in the cell, called Arc, which is thought to play an important role in all of these syndromes. Jason Shepherd, Ph.D., an assistant professor in Neurobiology and Anatomy, is investigating what Arc is telling us about connections between mechanisms of learning and memory, and the development of cognitive disorders and even psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia in this podcast on The Scope.... Read More

Neurobiology and Anatomy
A Brain Region for Resisting Alcohol's Allure
research
Apr 02, 2014

A Brain Region for Resisting Alcohol's Allure

University of Utah neuroscientists report that when a region of the brain called the lateral habenula is chronically inactivated in rats, they repeatedly drink to excess and are less able to learn from the experience. The study, published online in PLOS ONE on April 2, has implications for understanding behaviors that drive alcohol addiction.... Read More

Neurobiology and Anatomy
Christopher Gregg on the Influence of Inherited Behaviors - U of U School of Medicine
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Mar 07, 2014

Christopher Gregg on the Influence of Inherited Behaviors - U of U School of Medicine

Your upbringing is not the only thing that influences your demeanor. Dr. Christopher Gregg, a professor in neurobiology and anatomy, is researching patterns of inheritance that have long term effects on behavior. His surprising research findings may lead to new approaches for determining the causes of mental disorders and how to treat them. Listen to the podcast on The Scope.... Read More

Neurobiology and Anatomy
research
Sep 11, 2008

DNA "Tattoos" Link Adult, Daughter Stem Cells...

stem cells

Using the molecular equivalent of a tattoo on DNA that adult stem cells (ASC) pass to their daughter cells in combination with gene expression profiles, University of Utah researchers have identified two early steps in adult stem cell differentiation, the process that determines whether cells will form muscle, neurons, skin, etc., in people and animals.... Read More

Neurobiology and Anatomy