GliaCure President Phil Haydon’s research laboratory at Tufts University has published a study showing that glia may provide the key to a novel treatment for depression. It has long been known that a total night of sleep deprivation has a fast-acting antidepressant effect; however, the mechanism underlying this effect was not understood. The Haydon group…more »
In its reports on Latest Science the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) highlighted an upcoming publication co-authored by GliaCure President Phil Haydon. Haydon and his collaborators at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered that glia likely play a key role in relapse of individuals addicted to cocaine. Glia may thus provide a target for…more »
The New England Journal of Medicine recently included papers detailing research from two groups pointing to a mutation in the gene TREM2 as a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. This mutation appears to lead to inflammation of the brain and decreased clearing of amyloid beta plaques. In discussing these papers Harald Neumann and Mark J.…more »
A recent article in Science Daily references reports on work by Prof. Dr. Carola Haas from the Bernstein Center and Dr. Matthias Kirsch from the Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Freiburg showing that, contrary to previous thinking, glia help to reduce long-term damage brought upon by epileptic fits.
On May 10, 2012 an article by was published by a research group in the journal Cerebral Cortex. This paper details a study in human brain tissue showing that bidirectional signaling takes place between neurons and astrocytes. Cerebral Cortex is not an open access journal, so the full report is available only to subscribers; however,…more »
On May 15, 2012 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced new funding initiatives to aid in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The plan, presented at the Alzheimer’s Research Summit 2012, includes funding of new research projects, tools for clinicians, easier access to information for caregivers and an awareness campaign.