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ASRC Neuroscience Initiative Director Patrizia Casaccia Receives the Prestigious NINDS R35 Award from the National Institutes of Health

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The highly competitive eight–year research grant will provide up to $9.17 million to fund innovative research on the molecular signals regulating glial cell function in the healthy brain New York, May 1, 2019 – Patrizia Casaccia, founding director of the Neuroscience Initiative at the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at The Graduate Center, CUNY and […] Read More…

Body Mass Index May Play a Significant Role in the Progression of Multiple Sclerosis

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A new longitudinal study finds a link between blood lipids and worsening of disease in multiple sclerosis patients who are overweight and obese NEW YORK, April 11, 2019  — A newly published paper in the Lancet journal EBioMedicine identifies a link between high levels of blood lipids and worsening of disease in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients […] Read More…

Researchers Identify How Metabolites Target Brain-Homing Immune Cells in the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis

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The discovery could lead to novel, more specific, and more effective MS therapies and a better understanding of how the disease develops. NEW YORK, February 28, 2019 – Understanding and mitigating the role of epigenetics (environmental influences that trigger changes in gene expression) in disease development is a major goal of researchers. Now, a newly […] Read More…

Environmental Stress Can Be Passed on Through Pregnancy

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A new study from former ASRC Neuroscience Initiative fellow and Graduate Center professor Yoko Nomura shows that the prenatal impact of climate disasters can cause significant mental health challenges for infants. “They could have long-term consequences on the developing brain,” said Neuroscience Initiative Director Patrizia Casaccia in this Nexus Media article. Read the full article › […] Read More…

Superstorm Sandy Study Shows Climate Change Poses a Significantly Greater Risk of Mental Health Challenges for Children Born to Depressed Mothers

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The findings suggest a need for prenatal interventions in an era of growing environmental disasters New York, February 6, 2019 – Climate change poses an exponentially greater risk for mental health problems in children born to mothers with prenatal depression who also experience natural disaster-related stress. That is the message of a new study of infants born […] Read More…

Orie Shafer Joins the Advanced Science Research Center’s Neuroscience Initiative

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Shafer’s lab to focus on understanding the relationship between neural network function and circadian rhythms. NEW YORK, August 28, 2018 – Orie Shafer has been appointed to the Neuroscience Initiative faculty of the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. Shafer will join as a tenure-track […] Read More…

Scientists Uncover the Role of a Protein in the Survival and Generation of the Myelin-Forming Cells in the Brain

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The discovery is a major step toward understanding the mechanisms of myelin production and the potential for treating certain central nervous system diseases NEW YORK, July 19, 2018 — The nervous system is a complex organ that relies on a variety of biological players to ensure daily function of the human body. Myelin—a membrane produced by […] Read More…

ASRC Represented at Immunology 2018

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Achilles Ntranos, a neurology fellow at Mount Sinai Health System in collaboration with the ASRC’s Neuroscience Initiative, was selected to present his research in a block symposium at Immunology 2018, the leading annual all-immunology event organized by the American Association of Immunologists (AAI), held from May 4 to 8 in Austin, Texas. The American Association […] Read More…

Myelin Research Comes to the Fore

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Neurons have long taken center stage in neuroscience research. Lately, though, the study of myelin — the specialized membrane that sheaths the axons of some neurons and which makes up nearly 50 percent of brain volume — has been catching up. Recent developments have shown the importance of myelin in healthy behavior and learning and […] Read More…

Art Meets Science in Treating MS

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For the past 15 years, Ye He, manager of the Live Imaging and Bioenergetics Facility and a research assistant professor at the Neuroscience Iniative at The Graduate Center’s Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), has been searching for new ways to treat neurological diseases, mainly multiple sclerosis, a disease she calls “devastating.” A dedicated and well-credentialed scientist, she also sees art as a […] Read More…