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Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology.
Neurons in the olfactory cortex coordinate to boost the sense of smell when anticipating an odor, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.
African Americans who were exposed to segregation in their neighborhoods during young adulthood are more likely to have poor cognitive performance as early as midlife.
An elevated presence of specialized immune cells were found in patients prior to developing motor symptoms and receiving a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, which may help improve early detection.
Both the hippocampus and the orbitofrontal cortex are involved in inference-based behavior, according to a new study.
Small projections of dendritic spines known as spinules are unexpectedly dynamic, while a stable subgroup may form multi-synaptic spine connections, according to the first detailed study of their behavior.
Scientists from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Belgrade have pinpointed the electrophysiological mechanism behind upper motor neuron disease, unlocking the door to potential treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neurodegenerative diseases.
A Northwestern Medicine study has identified looped neural connections between the cortex and thalamus, providing a new understanding of connectivity between the two brain regions.
Neural signaling that encodes certain memories as negative could impact anxiety and substance misuse disorders, according to a recent study.
Higher cumulative blood pressure among African-American patients is a major contributor to their higher risk of dementia, according to a new study.
Sky Dominguez, a second-year student in the Medical Scientist Training Program, is currently studying the biological mechanisms underlying a sex difference in Alzheimer’s disease, as approximately two-thirds of those with the disease are women.
A newly developed high-resolution brain mapping technology exceeds the lifespans of current platforms and may enhance how brain function is measured and how efficiently neurological diseases are diagnosed and treated.
Northwestern Medicine investigators have discovered that eye movements are tightly linked to learning and retrieval, according to new findings.
Nanoparticles traveled to different organs in the body depending on the type of protein coating applied, according to a recent study.
The elevated expression of a gene called LY6K was correlated with increased cancer cell growth and resistance to radiation therapy in glioblastoma, according to a recent Northwestern Medicine study.
A new study discovered a previously unknown mechanism by which dopamine drives mitochondrial energy production.
A new study reveals that dopamine regulates movement-promoting brain circuits more dynamically than previously envisaged.
An emerging strategy to boost fight cancer may actually harm certain immune cells, according to a recent study.
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Disrupting the brain’s orbitofrontal cortex with a noninvasive stimulation technique impairs a person’s ability to make inference-based decisions and may help treat psychiatric disorders, according to a recent Northwestern Medicine study.
Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered that mutations in the largest genetic contributor to ALS leads to the dysfunction and eventual degeneration of certain specialized subtypes in the brain. The findings may lead to development of novel therapeutic interventions for the disease.
The development of oligodendrocytes are heavily influenced by an RNA epigenetic regulation mechanism, according to a new study.
Northwestern Medicine scientists were able to significantly reduce brain swelling and damage after a traumatic brain injury by injecting nanoparticles into the bloodstream.
A previously unknown migration of glioblastoma may explain why current treatments stall out over time, according to a new study.
Northwestern Medicine scientists have recently discovered that two common genetic risk factors for Parkinson’s disease can be regulated with LRRK2 kinase inhibition or GCase enzyme activation, revealing potential for the development of new therapeutics.
People who carry genetic mutations associated with an increased risk for Parkinson’s disease may exhibit minor symptoms long before the disease progresses to affect daily life, according to a study of over 300 patients.
Scientists have discovered a set of neural "conversations" underlying individual neurons' activity during learned movements, findings with implications for the development of neuroprostheses.
A Northwestern Medicine study found that episodic memory may be improved through the use of noninvasive transcranial magnetic stimulation of the posterior medial network in the hippocampus.
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- Dr. Popko joins the Neurology Department01.01.2020
Dr. Brian Popko, PhD, joins the Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology as a Professor of Neurology and Scientific Director in the division of MS and Neuroimmunology. Dr. Popko is among the top researchers nationally and internationally focusing on oligodendrocyte biology as it relates to myelination during CNS development and disease. He is also focusing on clinical treatments for Multiple Sclerosis with the goal to modify disease progression and promote repair of demyelinated axons.
A new lipid nanoparticle drug helped make tumor cells more vulnerable to therapy, significantly prolonging survival in models of glioblastoma.