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Brain Cell Death in People with Parkinson’s Disease - Dr. Han Seok Ko

Using stem cells and mice, Dr. Han Seok Ko is working to understand why specialized brain cells die in people with Parkinson’s disease.

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‘Glitch’ that Causes Mental Disorders - Dr. Guo-li Ming

Dr. Guo-li Ming studies the biology behind brain cells, with the hope of developing new strategies for treating patients with mental disorders.

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Neurons That Control Biological Rhythms and Sleep - Dr. Seth Blackshaw

Dr. Seth Blackshaw’s lab has identified stem cells in the hypothalamus that regulate feeding and body weight, paving the way for therapies for obesity, sleep disorders and diabetes.

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Using Human Neurons to Prevent Brain Injury - Dr. Valina Dawson

Using lab-grown human neurons, Dr. Valina Dawson is working to identify what causes brain cell death, and her research may lead to new treatments to prevent brain injury.

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Keeping Memories Safe - Dr. Ted Dawson

Dr. Ted Dawson’s research focuses on the culprits that kill neurons. His hope is to find ways to prevent the loss of neurons in Parkinson’s disease, stroke and other brain disorders.

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How Stem Cells May Treat Brain Injuries - Dr. Hongjun Song

Dr. Hongjun Song develops new technologies to study stem cells in humans and animals, in hopes of one day harnessing our own regeneration potential.

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The Science Behind Memory Formation - Dr. Richard Huganir

Unique synapses within our brains encode new memories. See how studies on the molecular basis of memory formation can help researchers find new therapies for Alzheimer’s, age-related dementia, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and autism.

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Treating Alzheimer’s Disease – Dr. Constantine Lyketsos

Psychiatrist Constantine Lyketsos and his team have learned how to better help people with Alzheimer’s continue to live at home, and they are putting the guidelines into use all over the United States.

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Fusion Spinal Surgeries – Timothy Witham, M.D.

Timothy Witham, M.D. works with his team of researchers at the Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Spinal Fusion Laboratory. Their goal is to eliminate fusion failure, which occurs when the bone and the spine do not properly grow and fuse together.

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