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Getting personal: Alzheimer’s research across ASU is fueled by knowledge and life experience

January 13, 2020

“My mother was driving to work one morning and was alarmed to see an older man riding a bicycle against traffic,” says Diego Mastroeni. To her surprise, that man was his grandfather, Giuseppe Abramo. For Mastroeni, now an assistant research professor and neuroscientist at Arizona State University’s ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center, dementia struck close to home, with painful immediacy. Mastroeni has warm memories of teaching his grandfather to speak English and...

New techniques may detect CTE in brains of living former NFL players

April 10, 2019

When you search online for “CTE and NFL,” you’ll find a list of 54 professional football players who have died, and were diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE – names like Frank Gifford, Ken Stabler, Bubba Smith and Andre Waters. It’s a smart guess that hundreds more are unaccounted for. Next, you’ll see a list of living ex-NFL players including Brett Favre, Bernie Kosar and Jim McMahon, who have been diagnosed with “likely...

PBS’ 'Catalyst' shines the spotlight on Biodesign researchers’ stories

March 18, 2019

Arizona State University researchers work all over the world, from Antarctica to Mexico, and Tucson to Pasadena. Now, a group of journalists and storytellers at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is chronicling their research for a science documentary series for PBS. “Catalyst” returned to Arizona PBS Wednesday, Feb. 13 for a highly anticipated second season, featuring host Vanessa Ruiz, a Cronkite professor of practice and former...

Arizona experts fight to disrupt dementia

February 25, 2019

TEMPE, Ariz. (Feb. 25, 2019) – Arizona has the second-highest growth rate for Alzheimer’s disease in the United States. Researchers, scientists and other community experts are working together to disrupt dementia and end Alzheimer’s disease before losing another generation. Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell initiated Dementia Friendly Tempe in 2016 to help make the city a livable community for people with dementia and their care partners. Join experts as they highlight why there is hope now and...

New study unveils role of microglial cells, viral linkage in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease

March 14, 2018

In their attempts to untangle the mystery of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), researchers have traditionally focused on damage to the basic building blocks of thought—the neurons. Numbering close to a hundred billion, neurons form a communications network of unmatched complexity, helping to oversee essential physical functions and acting as repositories of our identity, emotions and memory.   More recently however, interest in the non-neuronal cells inhabiting the central nervous system...

Biodesign hosts community dialogue on Alzheimer’s disease research, part of “A Sip of Science” series

March 5, 2018

Nearly 80 people attended the Biodesign Institute’s latest “Sip of Science” event Sunday evening at Tomaso's Italian restaurant in Phoenix. Neuroscientists Paul Coleman and Diego Mastroeni took questions from the audience about the latest Alzheimer’s science and efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease. “The Brain Explained” was the third event of “A Sip of Science,” a new community dialogue hosted by the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. It brings...

Energy storehouses in the brain may be source of Alzheimer’s, targets of new therapy

January 23, 2018

Alzheimer’s disease, a severely debilitating and ultimately fatal brain disorder, affects millions worldwide. To date, clinical efforts to find a cure or adequate treatment have met with dispiriting failure. The disease is now on an ominous course of expansion, due in part to an aging population, and is poised to become a global health emergency. The enigmatic ailment—first described over 100 years ago—remains the only leading killer without effective treatment, prevention or...

Physician-Scientist Research Team Awarded $1.3 Million Grant to Study Long-Term Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury

September 28, 2017

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a team of scientists and physicians from leading health care institutions across Phoenix a $1.3 million grant over three years to study traumatic brain injury and its relationship to dementia. The collaboration is between the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Barrow Neurological Institute and Arizona State...

ASU-TGen led study identifies source of mutation in Alzheimer’s disease

July 12, 2017

  ANK1 gene expression change found in brain's microglia cells associated with neuroinflammation   PHOENIX and TEMPE, Ariz. — July 12, 2017 — Researchers led by Arizona State University (ASU) and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) have identified altered expression of a gene called ANK1, which only recently has been associated with memory robbing Alzheimer’s disease, in specific cells in the brain. Using an extremely precise method of isolating...

Molecular and Cellular Biology Colloquium

March 10, 2016

Alex Andre, Graduate Student, Molecular & Cellular Biology, ASU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, presents “New insights on the inflammasome and muscle“ and Tanima Mallik, Graduate Student, Molecular & Cellular Biology, ASU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, presents “Mechanism of FoF1 ATP synthase stepsize rotation by single molecule experiments” The ASU School of Life Sciences is presenting this colloquia series.