Category: genetic research

Are Genetics the Body’s Natural Alarm Clock?

If you own a white noise machine, sleeping mask or high-tech mattress, you may feel like you’re in control of your sleep. But what if there were factors outside your control that influence how many hours of sleep you get every night? In addition to environmental factors like temperature, noise and light, our genes are ...

Snapshot of Science for July 2018

What’s new in research at Mass General? Here’s a snapshot of studies recently published in top-tier scientific journals: Understanding the biological pathways underlying atrial fibrillation A team led by Patrick Ellinor, MD, PhD, at the Mass General Heart Center conducted a massive genomic analysis for atrial fibrillation (AF) – an irregular and often rapid heart ...

Looking for Insights to A Rare Genetic Neurologic Disease

Amanda Furness, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Genomic Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her poster, Therapeutic insight into Mucolipidosis IV via in vitro glia models, recently won an award at Mass General’s Research Fellow Poster Celebration. We asked Dr. Furness about her research: What problem(s) are you addressing with this ...

A Snapshot of Science

What’s new in research at Mass General? Here’s a snapshot of studies recently published in top-tier scientific journals: NEW INSIGHTS INTO HOW GENETICS INFLUENCE MIGRAINES Common Variant Burden Contributes to the Familial Aggregation of Migraine in 1,589 Families Gormley P, Kurki MI, Hiekkala ME, Veerapen K, Häppölä P [et al.], Palotie A Published in Neuron on May ...

Weekend Links

We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: Why Did It Take So Long to Figure Out Migraines? – Under-researched and highly dismissed, migraines have made sufferers a resourceful bunch. Though a new promising drug might finally offer them relief. Forecasts of genetic fate just got ...

Weekend Links

We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: Exercise may help make heart younger – In a new study performed in mice, researchers from the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute uncovered one explanation for why exercise might ...

Large-Scale Study Provides New Insights Into the Genetic Contributors to Schizophrenia

Tarjinder Singh, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Mark Daly, PhD, in the Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. His poster, The meta-analysis of rare coding variants in the whole-exome sequences of 25,000 cases and 50,000 controls implicates individual risk genes for schizophrenia, was among the winners at this ...

Weekend Links

We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: When science meets mindfulness – Mass General researchers study how mindfulness-based approaches can help treat depressed patients. Scientists Push Plan To Change How Researchers Define Alzheimer’s – An international coalition of brain researchers is suggesting a new way ...

Weekend Links

We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: Addiction Rehab is Broken. Can Technology Fix it? – A group of researchers, including Mass General’s Brandon Bergman, are attempting to reinvent rehab, using mobile health to deliver a new kind of treatment by smart phone. At 12, ...

Could the Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep Be Found in Our Genes?

It’s the night before a big meeting at work—or a race you’ve been training months for—and you want to do everything you can to get the next day off to a great start. How much sleep do you need to be at your best? For years, the magic number for a good night’s sleep has ...