NEWS & EVENTS
A newly developed microscope is providing scientists with a greatly enhanced tool to study how neurological disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease affect neuron communication. Read more from the Optical Society.
A novel technology enables the modeling of human liver transplantation in an experimental setting. Read more at Phys.Org.
A new method for delivering chemotherapy nanodrugs has been created that increases the drugs' bioavailability and reduces side-effects. Their study shows that administering an FDA-approved nutrition source prior to chemotherapy can reduce the amount of the toxic drugs that settle in the spleen, liver and kidneys. Read more from Carnegie Melon University.
The small but growing do-it-yourself (DIY) microscopy community has flourished as researchers strive to overcome the limitations of current microscopic technology. Numerous researchers, including US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute cell biologist Clare Waterman, who is known for using new camera technology to develop a technique called fluorescent speckle microscopy4. Biophysicist Hari Shroff of the US National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Section on High Resolution Optical Imaging has contributed to free microscope configuration resources for use by fellow scientists. Read more in Nature.
Some 40 years since CT scans first revealed abnormalities in the brains of schizophrenia patients, international scientists say the disorder is a systemic disruption to the brain's entire communication system. The study sets the stage for future research on the debilitating mental illness that affects more than 21 million people worldwide. It is the largest analysis of 'white matter' differences in a psychiatric disorder to date. Read more at USC News.