• Blood samples provided by some 3,000 Icelanders.
    Science News
    Last week, researchers in Iceland announced the completion of a large project to sequence the genomes (or complete DNA) of 2,636 of their fellow countrymen. The Icelandic data base is being called a “treasure trove” of information that will further scientists’ understanding of diseases that are not caused by one single genetic mutation, but instead to mutations on several different genes.
    March 31, 2015
  • Historical scientific documents.
    Science News
    In his blog posted on March 17, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins asks a provocative question: “What Makes Our Brains Human?” He then provides at least a partial answer to that question with the help of some new science out of Yale.
    March 19, 2015
  • Science News
    BrightFocus 2013-14 grantee Crystal Miller, PhD, and her mentor, Bruce Lamb, PhD, both of the Cleveland Clinic, along with Taylor Jay of Case Western Reserve University, are coauthors on a new report that describes the surprising—even counterintuitive--role that a genetic variant associated with the immune system plays in Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
    March 4, 2015
  • Rendition of mineral, fat, and protein deposits in a cell.
    Science News
    An international research collaboration has uncovered some clues to macular degeneration’s onset, namely, the discovery of a microscopic mineral “scaffolding” around which drusen deposits—a hallmark sign of the early stages of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)—begin to form.
    February 3, 2015
  • Image of Julianne Moore playing "Alice" in her film "Still Alice"
    Science News
    Congratulations to Julianne Moore, star of “Still Alice,” on her “Best Actress” award at the Golden Globes. The film, which opens January 16, portrays the struggle of a college linguistics professor who experiences early Alzheimer’s.
    January 12, 2015
  • Science News
    In the January 2015 issue of Lancet Neurology, Randall Bateman, MD, reviews top achievements in Alzheimer’s research in 2014. A long-time colleague of BrightFocus and one of our current grantees, Bateman is the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Distinguished Professor of Neurology at the Washington University of St. Louis Medical School.
    December 30, 2014
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