Category: Neurology Research

Learn more about recent neurology research from investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Regulating Microglia’s Three Roles May Be the Key to Managing Inflammation in the Brain

Experts have long thought of microglia as the immune cells of the brain because they support and defend cells within the central nervous system. To help describe their various functions, scientists have classified microglia into three different roles: sentinels, warriors and nurturers. But what happens to the brain when these microglia aren’t doing their job […]

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Mass General Researcher Explores Links Between Sleep and Disease

Richa Saxena, PhD, a principal investigator for the Center for Genomic Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is looking at the genetics of sleep and its link to disease. Dr. Saxena is a Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport MGH Research Scholar 2017-2022. What is the most exciting sleep research that you and your team are doing? What’s been most exciting […]

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Event Highlights Progress on Brain Disease Research

Determined collaboration and groundbreaking technology have led to exciting advances in efforts to solve the challenges of brain diseases, researchers from the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases(MIND) told patients, families and friends recently. On May 16, 2018, nearly 100 people attended the event at the MIND labs at the Charlestown Navy Yard. MIND’s Visiting Day gathering […]

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Snapshot of Science: Genetic Insights into Our Food Choices, New Diagnostic Device for Lymphoma and More

What’s new in research at Mass General? Here’s a snapshot of studies recently published in top-tier scientific journals: Effect of folic acid on child brain development Have you ever noticed that everything from cereal to pasta to pancake mix has folic acid listed as an ingredient?  This is due to a government-mandated folic acid fortification […]

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Brain Stimulation During Sleep Could Help Schizophrenia Patients with Debilitating Memory Deficits

A Mass General research team is investigating if boosting a specific brain activity during sleep can help treat learning and memory deficits in schizophrenia patients.

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Snapshot of Science for July 2018

What’s new in research at Mass General? Here’s a snapshot of studies recently published in top-tier scientific journals: Understanding the biological pathways underlying atrial fibrillation A team led by Patrick Ellinor, MD, PhD, at the Mass General Heart Center conducted a massive genomic analysis for atrial fibrillation (AF) – an irregular and often rapid heart […]

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Blueprint Grant Will Help Mass General Researcher Advance Strategies to Limit Stroke Damage

When it comes to assessing the damage caused by natural disasters, experts often think in terms of primary and secondary effects. A primary effect of a flood, for example, would include the damage to homes and buildings caused by the rushing waters, while a secondary effect would be power outages resulting from downed trees and […]

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Could There be a Link Between Herpes Virus and Alzheimer’s Disease?

A new research study from Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, and Robert Moir, PhD, researchers in the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has uncovered a Jekyll and Hyde role for a naturally occurring protein in the brain most commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In conjunction with new findings from another research team at Icahn School of […]

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Studying the Connection Between Sleep and Anxiety

Anxious people often don’t sleep well and poor sleep is a symptom of many psychiatric disorders, including anxiety.

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Mass General Researchers Share Their Science On-screen

From the Wall Street Journal to local TedTalks, Massachusetts General Hospital researchers are finding new outlets for sharing their science with the public. Check out just a few recent videos highlighting investigators from Mass General: Twenty Americans die every day waiting for transplants. Now researcher Harald C. Ott, MD, from the Department of Surgery thinks […]

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