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Research Breakthroughs

The Xue lab and collaborators find a new class of light-gated channels that promise to pave the way for rapid and efficient optical neuronal silencing.  

A study by Bellen lab researchers is the first to associate neuronal activity to the levels of sphingolipids, a type of fat, in brain cells.

An exciting new study by Dr. Carlos Ballester-Rosado and others in the Swann lab finds an underlying cause and a potential new therapy for infantile spasms.

Dr. Chao and her team have discovered that patients with EBF3 gene variants affecting a critical region — zinc finger domain (ZNF) of the encoded transcription factor protein — suffer from a more severe subtype of EBF3-related neurodevelopmental disorders and other autism spectrum disorders.

Many people dread experiencing the cognitive and mood declines that often accompany reaching an advanced age, including memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s...

In this exciting study, Drs. Yamamotoand Wangler discover a new insight about autism spectrum disorders that it may not be one disorder involving many genes., but may actually be hundreds of genetic disorders.

In this exciting study, the Zoghbi lab find the cause and how to improve poor memory recall in Rett mice.

Chao lab study an unusual clinical case of NMIHBA case provides insights into this rare disease.

Bellen lab finds a new neurological disorder.

Reliably predicting whether meningioma, the most common primary brain tumor, will recur or remain benign has not been easy. In this study, published in Science Advances, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (Duncan NRI) at Texas Children’s Hospital led by Dr. Akash Patel, continued their efforts to improve tumor prognostication.

The Yamamoto lab finds a novel role for TM2D gene family in Alzheimer's disease.

The discovery of TCF20 complex offers novel insights into the mechanisms of MECP2 disorders.

The study from the Bellen lab and published in the journal Science Advances, is the first to identify the underlying mechanism and possible drug targets for this new disorder.

Study shows gene variants associated with increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease disturb the protective mechanism in ways that can lead to neurodegeneration.

Dr. John Swann and his team show routine EEG can be used to diagnose and monitor infantile spasms.

A study from Dr. Jianrong Tang and others at the NRI shows deep brain stimulation can reverse learning and memory deficits in mouse models of autism.

Researchers in the Bellen lab in collaboration with UDN discover a new neurological disorder.

A UDN study led by NRI-investigator, Dr. Shinya Yamamoto at and Dr. Vandana Shashi at Duke University Medical Center has discovered spontaneous mutations in RNF2 (RING2) gene as the underlying cause of a novel neurological disorder.

The study highlights the critical and often overlooked roles played by glial cells in protecting from neuronal loss under neurodegenerative conditions.

Researchers in the Deneen lab discover female mice with glioma that lacked the POT1 gene survived less than males.

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