Press Releases & Research Commentary
September 30, 2014
More than $6 million in funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is supporting new research that could fundamentally alter the way we comprehend and, perhaps ultimately, treat schizophrenia.
The research - which is being led by University of Rochester Center for Translational Neuromedicine co-directors Steve Goldman, M.D., Ph.D., and Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., D.M.Sc. - will explore the role that support cells found in the brain, called glia, play in the disease.The new research is possible because of findings published by Goldman and Nedergaard last year that showed that glial cells play an important role in the complex signaling activity that is unique to the human brain. In these experiments the researchers showed that when human glial cells were implanted into the brains of newborn mice the human cells influenced communication within the animals' brains, allowing the mice to learn more rapidly.
January 11, 2014
Sleep seems like a perfectly fine waste of time. Why would our bodies evolve to spend close to one-third of our lives completely out of it, when we could instead be doing something useful or exciting? Something that would, as an added bonus, be less likely to get us killed back when we were sleeping on the savanna?
Sleep is such a dangerous thing to do, when you're out in the wild,Maiken Nedergaard, a Danish biologist who has been leading research into sleep function at the University of Rochester's medical school, told me.
It has to have a basic evolutional function. Otherwise it would have been eliminated.
To read more please see the NY Times article.
- Astroglial cradle in the life of the synapse. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 369, . (2014 Oct 19).
- Fine-tuning the central nervous system: microglial modelling of cells and synapses. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 369, . (2014 Oct 19).
- Glial biology in learning and cognition. Neuroscientist. 20, 426-31. (2014 Oct 01).