William Alexander

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Faculty Spotlight: Constanza Cortes, PhD

Constanza Cortes, PhD

Despite the fact that it’s the center of all human thought and consciousness, much about the human brain, such as how it ages, or how it communicates with the rest of the body, remains unexplored. Constanza Cortes, PhD, hopes to change that. In this Faculty Spotlight interview, Cortes talks to us about her research on the …

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Staff Spotlight: Michael Pham

Our first “Spotlight” interview of 2019 falls on Michael Pham, a research technician in the lab of Al La Spada, MD, PhD.  Pham talks to us about his work researching pathways and proteins related to ALS and autophagy, the spectacular chapel views and five-minute walking commute offered by his new MSRB3 lab facilities, and his …

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Young to deliver first DCNN seminar of 2020 on January 13


The University of Wisconsin’s Jessica Young, PhD, will deliver the first Duke Center for Neurodegeneration and Neurotherapeutics seminar at noon from 1-2 p.m. on Monday, January 13, in room 103 of the Bryan Research Building.  The title of her discussion will be “Sorting it out: Stem cell modeling to understand genetic risk and endocytic network …

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Duke trio shares $1 million award to understand genetic roots of Parkinson’s disease

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Three Duke researchers have received a grant of more than $1 million to study the role of astrocytes–common, star-shaped support cells within the brain–in the development of Parkinson’s disease. The award is part of more than $52 million in funding being given by the Chan Zuckerburg Initiative (CZI), which brings together experimental scientists from a …

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Staff Spotlight: Pawel Switonski, PhD

Pawel Switonski, PhD, became hooked on science as a high-school student, when he read how a 19th-century botanist used a prism, algae, and bacteria to discover the spectra of light used in photosynthesis. Now as part of the lab of Al La Spada, MD, PhD, Switonski is investigating the development and origins of neurodegenerative diseases. In …

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