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Einstein in the Media

Oral Contraception Linked to Smaller Hypothalamus

Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., discusses his study, presented as an abstract at the Radiological Society of North America annual meeting, on the association between oral contraception use and the size of the brain’s hypothalamus. Dr. Lipton is professor of radiology and associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein, and director of MRI Services at Montefiore. 

(Friday, Dec 13, 2019)

The Cerebellum's Secrets: A Profile of Kamran Khodakhah

Kamran Khodakhah, Ph.D., who designed his own laboratory tools to study rat brains as a Ph.D. student, is profiled in a feature on his life and body of research, including recent key findings about the cerebellum’s role in addiction and behavior. Dr. Khodakhah is professor and chair of the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience at Einstein.

(Saturday, Oct 05, 2019)

Parents’ Emotional Trauma May Change Their Children’s Biology. Studies in Mice Show How

John Greally, D.Med., Ph.D., comments on recent studies that claim trauma can be passed down to future generations through epigenetic changes. Dr. Greally is director of the Center for Epigenomics and professor and chief of computational genetics.

(Friday, Jul 19, 2019)

New York is Not Getting Enough Sleep. The Solution May Include Teddy Bears

Karen Bonuck, Ph.D., explains her research collaboration aimed at promoting healthy sleep routines for children at Head Start centers across New York State. Dr. Bonuck is professor of family and social medicine and of obstetrics & gynecology and women’s health at Einstein.

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(Friday, Jul 12, 2019)

Worm Wiring Diagram May Help Us Understand Our Own Nervous System

Scott Emmons, Ph.D., describes how his publication of the first complete map of an animal’s nervous system may have implications for our understanding of human behavior. Dr. Emmons is professor of genetics and in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience, and is the Siegfried Ullmann Chair in Molecular Genetics at Einstein.

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(Wednesday, Jul 03, 2019)

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Research Round-Up

Elective ServiceDr. Susan Band Horwitz was elected to serve as one of the members of the AACR Nominating Committee for the 2012 to 2014 term. Founded in 1907, the AACR (American Association for Cancer Research), is the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. Its membership includes 34,000 laboratory, translational and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and cancer advocates residing in more than 90 countries. Dr. Horwitz is distinguished university professor and co-chair of molecular pharmacology at Einstein, as well as associate director for therapeutics for the Albert Einstein Cancer Center and the Rose C. Falkenstein Professor of Cancer Research. She also is an AACR past president and currently serves as a member on the Council of Scientific Advisors.

Good Reading Dr. U. Thomas Meier was awarded a $1.2 million grant over four years by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to study how cells assemble small nucleolar RNA-protein complexes that function in the modification of ribosomal and other RNAs, thereby fine-tuning protein synthesis and pre-messenger RNA processing.  Dr. Meier’s laboratory will use novel approaches to shed light on these basic cellular processes, thus providing the foundation for understanding what goes wrong in certain genetic diseases and cancers.  Dr. Meier is professor of anatomy and structural biology.

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