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Penn Medicine: Genomewide Screen of Learning in Zebrafish Identifies Enzyme Important in Neural Circuit

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvaniadescribe the first set of genes important in learning in a zebrafish model in the journal Neuron this week. “Using an in-depth analysis of one of these genes, we have already revealed an important relevant signaling pathway,” says senior author Michael Granato, PhD, a professor of Cell and Developmental Biology. “The proteins in this pathway could provide new insights into the development of novel pharmacological targets.”

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Transforming Nursing Home Care April 1, 2015 | New York Times

Mary Ersek of the School of Nursing penned an op-ed about making changes to nursing home care.


Young Minds and Ecstasy a Harmful Mix April 1, 2015 | Philly.com

Frances Jensen of the Perelman School of Medicine writes about the short and long-term effects of potent drugs on young minds.


Poverty Shrinks Brains From Birth March 30, 2015 | Nature.com

Martha Farah of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on research that reveals how the stress of growing up poor can affect a child’s brain development.


NASA, Penn Study How Space Affects Astronaut’s Brain March 26, 2015 | “Newsworks,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Mathias Basner of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about a study that developed a test to measure the effects of spaceflight on cognition.


We Need to Unlock the Brain’s Secrets – Ethically March 26, 2015 | Scientific American

President Amy Gutmann, Presidential Bioethics Commission chair, writes about three key areas of ethical concern in neuroscience research and application.


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