Jason Shepherd Receives CZI Award
Jason Shepherd. Credit: Charlie Ehlert
Dec 5, 2018 10:00 AM
Jason Shepherd has been awarded the Ben Barres Early Career Acceleration Award from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. His lab will receive $2.5 Million over five years for the project, "Viral-like mechanisms of intercellular communication in the pathology of neurodegeneration."
Synaptic and neuronal dysfunction is a characteristic early feature of neurodegenerative disorders, and usually predates neuronal death. Central to synaptic maintenance are intercellular signaling mechanisms that mediate synaptic homeostasis. We recently discovered that the neuronal gene Arc, a master regulator of synaptic plasticity and memory, also has a fundamental role in a novel form of intercellular communication that resembles retrovirus biology.
- The Chan Zuckerberg Challenge Network
- University of Utah Healthcare Announcement
- The Medium Article on CZI's Challenge