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Read the latest news from Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards and honors.
Scientists have uncovered how dopamine connects subregions of the striatum essential for habit formation, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.
Northwestern Medicine investigators have identified a new type of retinal ganglion cell, neurons that encode the visual environment and transmit information back to the brain.
Investigators have discovered novel cellular pathways behind chemotherapy-resistant glioblastoma cells and a potential biomarker, paving the way for new therapeutic targets.
Exposure to light during sleep was associated with obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure in older adults, according to a recent study.
Damage to particular regions of the brain may influence addiction behaviors, providing insight into potential therapeutic targets for substance use disorders.
A new Northwestern Medicine study has identified how ketamine works so quickly, and how it might be adapted without side effects.
Most non-hospitalized COVID-19 “long-haulers” at the Northwestern Medicine Neuro COVID-19 Clinic continued to experience symptoms including brain fog, dizziness and fatigue 15 months after disease onset, according to a new study.
The Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease held the 28th annual Alzheimer Day on May 5, returning to campus for the first time in three years.
Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered a master gene that programs ear hair cells’ development, overcoming a major hurdle towards restoring hearing.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has chosen Northwestern to receive an Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders to train a movement disorder clinician-investigator.
Exposure to even moderate ambient lighting during nighttime sleep, harms cardiovascular function during sleep and increases your insulin resistance, according to a new study.
Recent advances from Northwestern investigators have powered a new, deeper understanding of Parkinson’s disease that could pave the way to a disease-modifying treatment.
Northwestern investigators have discovered that dopamine signaling in the dorsomedial striatum promotes the development of compulsive behaviors, according to findings published in Current Biology.
Neural waves of three distinct registers combine to give the brain a picture of what’s being smelled, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.
Age-related breakdowns in regulatory mechanisms cause iron to build up in the brain, increasing oxidative stress and causing cellular damage, according to a recent Northwestern Medicine study.
Using MRI, EEG and clinical characteristics, the pre-surgical workup can predict if patients with epilepsy will benefit from a more invasive examination.
Feinberg experienced a year of exceptional growth, perseverance, and collaboration in 2021, from honors and awards to unprecedented research discoveries.
Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered a biomarker for one type of autism within cerebrospinal fluid, according to a recent study.
Northwestern investigators have discovered the molecular signature of a subset of dopaminergic neurons that increases their vulnerability to degeneration.
Long chains of fatty acids in the lysosome are associated with a degenerative form of Gaucher disease, an inherited condition related to Parkinson’s disease.
A new study has shown that the degeneration of brain motor neurons in ALS is not merely a byproduct of the spinal motor neuron degeneration, and is a target for future treatments for the disease.
A combination of drugs could fix the broken lysosomal enzyme pathway in Parkinson’s disease-afflicted neurons, according to a recent study.
A recent study identified a gene that is critical for daily behavioral rhythms, involved in a molecular pathway by which the core circadian clock controls daily sleep-wake cycles.
A new injectable therapy harnesses “dancing molecules” to reverse paralysis and repair tissue after severe spinal cord injuries, allowing animal subjects to regain the ability to walk.
The damaging effects of toxic proteins created in one inherited form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are mediated by an enzyme called SPOP.
The ability to learn novel physical movements, similar to those taught in rehabilitation for people with stroke, can be improved by reactivating specific memories of the new task during sleep, according to a new study.
A new Northwestern Medicine study published in Nature explains why dopamine neurons are lost in Parkinson’s disease, and demonstrated that a gene therapy targeting the brain’s substantia nigra can substantially boost the benefits of levodopa, an important medication for treating the disease.
Northwestern University scientists have received two awards totaling nearly $18 million to address key knowledge gaps in the basic circuit mechanisms that contribute to the development and progression of Parkinson’s disease.
T-cells respond to buildup of alpha-synuclein with a harmful auto-immune response, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in Science.