May 26, 2015—(BRONX, NY)— An international team including scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has identified the molecular “lock” that the deadly Ebola virus must pick to gain entry to cells. The findings, made in ...read more
Energetic Research—Inside cells, tiny molecular machines called kinesin and cytoplasmic dynein transport essential components(including organelles, mRNA, chromosomes and vesicles) along a network of molecular “highways” called microtubules. Dysfunction of these biomolecular machines can cause devastating neurological diseases such as motor neuron degeneration and lissencephaly. For over a decade, experts have debated the amount of force that single molecules of dynein can... read more
Fixing Livers—Many liver diseases can be cured with liver transplants, but the procedure is complex and requires scarce donor-livers. In a paper published online in Stem Cell Reports on June 11, Drs. Namita Roy-Chowdhury and Jayanta Roy-Chowdhury and colleagues found that transplanting liver cells (iHeps) generated from human pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) could be an alternative... read more
Assessment of Hispanic Diet—In a landmark study: Study of Latinos: Nutrition & Physical Activity Assessment Study (SOLNAS), Dr. Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani and colleagues used biomarkers to assess diets of US Hispanics. The researchers found that both men and women severely under-reported their energy and protein intakes. The study is important because inaccurate reporting of these nutrients can mask the relationship between... read more
Chemotherapy adversely affects IQ and behavior in some—but not all—children. A new study indicates that genes may determine who will suffer neurocognitive deficits and suggests a way to prevent them.
An expert in diabetes prevention, Dr. Crandall is a principal investigator in the NIH-funded Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study, which ...read more