Posts Categorized: Research

Young Scientists Face New Challenges

This week’s New York Times op-ed, “Young, Brilliant and Underfunded” by Maryland Congressional Rep. Andy Harris, MD, brings attention to several important scientific and political issues. Among them: the paradox that research funding is often awarded based on past achievement instead of promising, innovative ideas. Dr. Harris finished the piece with a call to action… Read more »

National Forum on Sepsis

Rory Staunton was a 12-year-old Queens boy who died suddenly from sepsis in 2012.  In his memory, Rory’s parents established the Rory Staunton Foundation. The foundation recently hosted first National Forum on Sepsis in Washington, DC, to create a nationwide movement to address the illness and its treatment. Learn more about sepsis, the Rory Staunton… Read more »

World Sepsis Day: Learn to Spot the Signs

Tomorrow is World Sepsis Day, an opportunity to turn the spotlight on a devastating disease that is common but unfamiliar. Once it takes hold, up to a third of patients die from it, says the Sepsis Alliance. In fact, sepsis kills more Americans every year than breast cancer, colon cancer and HIV/AIDS combined, yet most Americans… Read more »

New Autism Drug Study: A Cautious Approach

Low doses of an anti-anxiety medication improved social interaction and decreased repetitive behaviors in mice, according to research recently published in the journal Neuron. The new autism drug study involved mice bred to have autism-like symptoms. Mice that received low doses of the drug clonazepam showed notable behavioral shifts, like enhanced social interaction, decreased repetitive… Read more »

Shedding Light on Sarcoidosis

Normally, the immune system defends the body against foreign or harmful substances, sending special cells to protect organs. These cells release chemicals that recruit other cells to isolate and destroy the harmful substance. Inflammation occurs during this process. Once the harmful substance is gone, the cells and the inflammation go away…but not always. Consider sarcoidosis,… Read more »

Alive and Well with Huntington’s Disease

Spend next Wednesday evening with patients, researchers and clinicians who collaborate to understand Huntington’s disease. Patients with this genetic neural disorder struggle with muscle coordination plus their attention span, memory, reasoning, problem solving, decision making, language, learning and/or emotions. On April 16 at 5 p.m., one of my patients and her daughter will share their… posted in: Event, Movement Disorders, Neuro, Research tags:


Science Careers’ Surprising Challenges

Once scientists start working, it can be hard for us to know how to take our science careers to the next level. At times, we must be assertive–even aggressive—to advocate for ourselves or our ideas. Many of us choose science careers because we like knowing how things work. We don’t tend toward extroversion or confrontation…. Read more »

Diversity in Health Care and Research

The National Institutes of Health recently announced new funding opportunities to develop ways to engage researchers from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences. “There is a compelling need to promote diversity in the biomedical research workforce,” said Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the institutes. The North Shore-LIJ Health System has been fostering diversity in medical… Read more »

How a Teen Gene Glitch
May Cause Behavioral Disorders

Adolescence is a time of major brain development. During that period, a process called “pruning” physically transforms the teenage brain into the young adult brain. Highly organized, tightly controlled and greatly influenced by genes and environment, this process allows us to function as healthy young adults. If these controls malfunction, our brains can struggle to… posted in: Behavioral Health, Research tags:


Cause for Hope on World AIDS Day

Tomorrow is the 25th annual observance of World AIDS Day. This year’s theme–Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation—calls for collaboration between governments, researchers and the community to improve the lives of people with HIV/AIDS. While there is no cure for AIDS, there has been significant progress in prevention and treatment: The number of… Read more »