Publication | Dr. Kamran Khodakhah
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
New Target For Dystonia Therapy—Dystonia—when someone’s muscles contract uncontrollably—is the third most common movement disorder (after Parkinson’s and essential tremor), affecting about 250,000 Americans. Research and treatment for the most common inherited form of dystonia, called DYT1, has focused mainly on the basal ganglia region of the brain. But new animal research by Einstein scientists implicates a different part of the brain—the cerebellum—as the site of the problem. The study, published in the February 15 online issue of eLife, was led by Kamran Khodakhah, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience and the Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Neuroscience. He and his colleagues made their discovery after generating the first mouse model of DYT1 to exhibit the overt symptoms of dystonia seen in patients. Previous research in Dr. Khodakhah’s lab has shown that severing the link between the cerebellum and the basal ganglia might be an effective way to treat cerebellar-induced dystonias.
Thesis Defense | Alexander Pyronneau
Monday, December 19, 2016
Alexander Pyronneau presents his work: "Aberrant Rac1/cofilin signalling controls impaired spine structure, synaptic function, and sensory processing in Fragile X Syndrome." Hosted by Suzanne Zukin.
Thesis Defense | Eduardo Arteaga-Bracho
Monday, November 21, 2016
Eduardo Arteaga-Bracho presents his work: "Developmental origins in Huntington's Disease." Hosted by Mark Mehler.
Thesis Defense | Tommy Wilson
Monday, November 07, 2016
Tommy Wilson presents his thesis work: "Attention, neural oscillations and entrainment: Novel phenomenology and the development of a normalized statistical approach." Hosted by John Foxe.
Event | Pasta Night: Dr. David Hall
Friday, October 14, 2016
The Neuroscience Department will be hosting another Pasta Night event on Friday, 10/14/2016, featuring Dr. David Hall who will discuss "Science and Society." Registration is available here, and the menu will be posted soon. Setup and meal prep begins at 5PM, with the discussion commencing at 6PM.