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Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Grants $5 Million to Study Cognitive Disorders - 01/20/2011

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Grants $5 Million to Study Cognitive Disorders

University-wide effort will target Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and autism.
Release Date: January 20, 2011

The Johns Hopkins Brain Sciences Institute has funded a total of $5 million to 12 different research groups at Hopkins to launch the new Synapses, Circuits and Cognitive Disorders Program. The new BSi program aims to understand the fundamentals of brain function by focusing on the synapse — the point of contact between two nerve cells — to better understand cognitive disorders.

“Major advances have been made in our understanding of synaptic transmission and plasticity, and recent studies have indicated that the disruption of synaptic function underlies many cognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and autism,” says Jack Griffin, M.D., director of the Brain Science Institute. “At Hopkins we plan to push this research beyond its current limits to aggressively get at the heart of these debilitating and devastating illnesses.”

Grants were given to projects that aim to study: how synapses and neuronal circuits develop; how synapses and neurons adapt and change in response to normal learning and use, disease and injury; the use of model organisms like mice and flies to test therapeutics for Alzheimer’s and aging; autism spectrum disorders by doing large-scale, genome-wide genetic analysis; and, what the DISC1 gene does in tissues affected by schizophrenia.

 

On the Web:

Complete list of grant projects:
http://www.brainscienceinstitute.org/index.php/research/research_areas/synapses_circuits_and_cognitive_disorders-1/

The Johns Hopkins Brain Sciences Institute:
http://www.brainscienceinstitute.org/index.php

Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins:
http://neuroscience.jhu.edu/

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