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Melton assumes role as president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research

June 25, 2018
Douglas Melton ISSCR president 2018
Incoming ISSCR president Douglas Melton at the closing plenary of the society’s 2018 annual meeting (left), along with keynote speaker Jennifer Doudna from the University of California, Berkeley (center) and Frank McGuire, the Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research, State Government of Victoria,...
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Mapping the brain cell by cell

October 23, 2017

Harvard and collaborators receive $64.7 million NIH grant to build a detailed map of brain cells in mice

The human brain contains many billions of cells, and scientists are still working to assemble a comprehensive catalog of all of the different types. Neuroscientists have dreamt for years of understanding the role that each one of these cells plays, and how the cells differ, connect and function. But the number of cells has...

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Jeff Macklis, PhD.

A New Way of Looking at Neurons: Jeffrey Macklis receives NIH Pioneer Award funding to study complexity of the subcellular systems within individual neurons

October 5, 2017

By GRETA FRIAR

As a neuron develops, the axon grows from the central cell body like an arm with many fingers reaching out to explore the surroundings. These fingers, known as growth cones, travel long distances seeking out specific other neurons to form synapses, connective links that create the circuitry in the brain controlling sensation, movement, thinking, and behavior.

The axon and its extensions have typically been thought of like simple cables carrying information between cell bodies, with the cell bodies directing all growth and movement. In fact, axons have...

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