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Metabolomics Comes of Age

Move over, genome, transcriptome, proteome. The latest ome aims to map every metabolite linked to human health and disease. Metabolomics, although still a nascent field, offers hope for biomarkers and treatments in neurodegenerative disease. The field& ...

Michael J. Fox Foundation Launches Big PD Biomarker Study

A $40 million multicenter biomarker study for Parkinson disease progression is off and running, with enrollment underway at 10 of 18 sites in the U.S. and Europe. In design and operation, the  Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative  (PPMI) ...

Medical Foods for Alzheimer's: Palatable Therapy or Snake Oil?

In the absence of truly effective treatments, and in the presence of a rapidly growing, dementia-prone population of elders, it's perhaps no surprise that people are increasingly open to products claiming even the slightest hint of promise, however ...

New Genetics—From Sequence to Knowledge

When the first human genome sequence was finished in 2003, it quickly became clear that its seemingly unending stream of letters was not enough to comprehend what makes people tick. All the moving parts that bring the DNA code to life needed to be ...

Cortical Hubs to Rich Clubs—Linking Brain Connectivity to Function

If you find it hard to keep up with Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networks, spare a thought for the brain. With 100 to 500 trillion synaptic connections, the human brain dwarfs all of them. How do those connections work to formulate thought, recall ...

A Contentious Hypothesis About Where and How PD Starts

A contentious hypothesis about where and how Parkinson’s disease starts off is gaining ground as new studies provide clues in its support. Neuroanatomists Heiko Braak and Kelly Del Tredici, both at the University of Ulm in Germany, have described the ...

Modern Microscopy

Modern Microscopy Skims Surface of Living Minds and Spines Modern Microscopy Plumbs the Depths of Brain Tissue ...

The Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative

The Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative is the most expensive AD study the NIH has ever funded. Expectations are that it will speak with the authoritative voice of a 58-center, three-year observation of 819 research participants above a ...

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: A Family Choice

For families with autosomal-dominant neurological conditions, the fear of passing on the disease to their children looms large. Now, people at this highest genetic risk can ensure that they have healthy children by undergoing in vitro fertilization ...

Stress and Alzheimer’s Disease

With the holidays upon us, are your nerves fraying under the combined pressures of work deadlines, shopping, decorating, and entertaining? Now may be a good time to sit back and consider the effects of stress on the brain. Stress per se is not a cause of ...

CRISPR: A New Tool For Gene Editors

CRISPR Gene Editing—Poised to Revolutionize Neuroscience? Neuroscientists Probe CRISPR Transgenics and Treatment Paradigms ...

Stress and Trauma: New Frontier Calling AD Researchers

With the nation at war for eight continuous years, and awareness of the dangers of sports concussions on the rise, a new priority—and opportunity—are taking shape for neurodegenerative disease researchers. In a time of austere budgets, the Department of ...

Brain Training—Plain Gaming, or a New Vein for Preclinical Research?

If you listen to National Public Radio, watch TV, or surf the Web, chances are you have come across commercials enticing you to “improve your memory” and “unlock your inner genius” with “brain training developed by neuroscientists.”  In search of solid ...

Deep-Brain Stimulation: Surgical Relief for Parkinson's and Beyond

In this series, ARF takes stock of deep-brain stimulation after more than a decade of life-altering procedures,  In deep brain stimulation, surgeons implant wires into the brain and hook them up to a pacemaker-like stimulator implanted in the chest, which ...

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Returns for a Repeat Performance in 2015

Last year's ice bucket challenge for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis netted $220 million in donations for ALS charities, and the 2015 challenge is off to a strong start with $100,000 from Major League Baseball. Alzforum looks at how all that money is ...

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