Archives: Successes

Bakhtiar Yamini, M.D.

Applying Genetic Therapy to Brain Tumors

Could the survival rate for patients with malignant gliomas— the most common and deadly brain tumors—be improved by combining conventional treatment with newer genetic techniques? Adding gene therapy—the use of specific genes that suppress and kill cancer cells, targeted to tumo...

Sean Cook, Ph.D.

Studying Pain on the Molecular Level

A person steps on a tack. In a fraction of a second, the peripheral nervous system relays an electrical message telling the brain there is cell and tissue damage. The person feels pain and reacts.

Royce Lee, M.D.

How Does Early Childhood Trauma Affect Adult Brains?

Dr. Royce Lee investigates the effect of childhood trauma on adults with personality disorder. Specifically, Lee hopes to establish a methodology for studying GABA receptors, which are important in helping people process emotion. Lee’s hypothesis is that early life trauma alters GABA recept...

Leslie Kay, Ph.D.

Studying Rodent Brains Could Help Detect Alzheimer’s

While mainstream science accepts that smell affects behavior, I want to figure out how it happens,” said Dr. Leslie Kay, an assistant professor of psychology and a member of the Institute for Mind & Biology at the University of Chicago. “If odors didn’t change behavior or em...

Kathleen Millen, Ph.D.

One Step Closer to Understanding Autism

The Brain Research Foundation seed grant that funded the work of Dr. Kathleen Millen exemplifies how the Foundation fosters innovative collaboration among scientists.

Kathleen Millen, Ph.D.

Deciphering the Brain

Kathleen Millen, Ph.D., from the University of Chicago’s Department of Human Genetics, conducted research that may lead to diagnostic testing for a congenital brain malformation syndrome termed Dandy-Walker Malformation or DWM. Affected children have cognitive, motor and visual handicaps. M...

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