Nervous System

Select achievements include:

Susan Lindquist

Identified connections between genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and the effects of a toxic peptide

Rudolf Jaenisch

Suggested possible treatment for Rett syndrome

Hazel Sive

Identified process that actively shapes a conserved and crucial early fold in the brain

Susan Lindquist

Revealed connection between genetic and environmental causes of Parkinson's disease

Rudolf Jaenisch

Used induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to treat Parkinson’s disease in mice

Hazel Sive

Identified more than 50 genes in frogs involved in the formation of nerve tissue, paving the way for new strategies to repair damaged nerve cells in humans

Susan Lindquist

Repaired a biological pathway and restored normal neurological function in certain animal models of Parkinson’s symptoms

Terry Orr-Weaver

Discovered proteins in fruit flies that ensure proper partitioning of hereditary material, leading to new understanding of Down's syndrome and other common genetic diseases

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