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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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Huntington Disease and Its Effects – Dr. Jee Bang

Dr. Jee Bang and her research team are currently running numerous clinical studies on Huntington’s disease. The studies involve testing new experimental drugs that treat symptoms, all while looking for new targets for therapeutics.

The Effects of Huntington’s Disease – Dr. Christopher A. Ross

Dr. Christopher Ross and his lab are studying the complementary approach to treat Huntington’s disease by developing mouse models, which have progressive symptoms that are similar to those of patients.

Regulating the Brain’s Inflammatory Response – Dr. Norman James Haughey

Dr. Norman Haughey and his research team study how to regulate the brain’s inflammatory response to HIV infections, traumatic brain injury and nerve degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Motor Neuron Disorders – Dr. Charlotte Jane Sumner

Dr. Charlotte Jane Sumner cares for patients with genetic motor neuron disorders, such as spinal muscular atrophy and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which until recently lacked any treatments that address the underlying causes.

Why Do People Walk the Way They Do? – Dr. Ryan Roemmich

Dr. Ryan Roemmich and his research team are trying to understand important factors that cause people to walk in certain ways and then use this information to improve their rehabilitation.

Treating Back and Neck Pain – Dr. Nicholas Theodore

Dr. Nicholas Theodore and his research team focus on using advanced technologies to improve the outcomes and alleviate the suffering of our patients struggling with back and neck pain.

How the Brain Processes Incentives and Rewards | Vikram S. Chib, Ph.D.

Vikram Chib, Ph.D., uses functional imaging tools to chart what happens in the brain when we are given rewards to achieve different tasks.

Using Data to Diagnose Brain Diseases | Michael I. Miller, Ph.D.

Michael Miller, Ph.D., is turning medical images into numeric data that can be computed and measured to predict and diagnose neurodegenerative diseases.

Technology Connecting the Brain to the Human Experience—Joshua T. Vogelstein

Joshua Vogelstein, Ph.D., develops new, open-source technologies that reveal connections between the brain and individual traits and characteristics, including our personalities, emotions and memories.