Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy is a rare brain disease found in patients with compromised immune systems. Until now, it has been almost impossible to track the disease or test treatments. But a new model developed at the Medical Center allows researchers to study the disease in mouse brains that contain both animal neurons and human glia cells.
How long can a technological civilization last? Will human-caused climate change or species extinctions threaten its collapse or can industrial development continue without restrictions? In a new paper, two astrophysicists argue that these questions may soon be resolvable scientifically.
A new Medical Center study showed that babies with congenital human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) scored several points lower than those without the infection. Scores for the infected babies were similar to those exposed to lead or cocaine in the womb.
Physicians know what a healthy human lung looks like, but have never before created a comprehensive map that specifically measures lung development from birth through childhood. Now Medical Center researchers have launched five-year effort to develop such a map, and have received $6.1 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Noted anthropologist Stefan Helmreich will provide insights on how scientists are studying waves in nature to understand phenomena as diverse as the social sciences and climate change.
Sepsis, an over-the-top immune system response to an infection, is a common and costly cause of death and the most expensive condition treated in U.S. hospitals. The NIH grant will support research collaborations that may pave the way for new treatment targets.
For most of us, life without a smartphone is unimaginable. Now, picture your smartphone without the pioneering federally funded research done at America’s research universities. You can’t, because your smartphone would not exist without that research.