Category: Neurology Research

Learn more about recent neurology research from investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Brain Disease Researchers Track Elusive Protein

Devastating brain diseases like Frontotemporal Dementia and Alzheimer’s have been painfully slow to give up their secrets.  But behavioral neurologist Brad Dickerson, MD, and his Mass General research team are tracking an important protein that has long eluded measurement in the living brain.  Their work may mark a turning point in how such now-incurable conditions […]

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The Two Brains at the Forefront of the Fight Against Alzheimer’s

Great article featuring Mass General researchers Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, and Doo Yeon Kim, PhD. “Tanzi and Kim have devised a revolutionary tool for tackling Alzheimer’s disease, the world’s leading cause of senile dementia and a medical crisis that looms ever larger as the teeming throngs of baby boomers lurch into old age.” Research at Massachusetts […]

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Gupta: Alzheimer’s is Young(er) Person’s Disease: Get to Work

Great article from CNN about recent developments in Alzheimer’s disease research, featuring (among others) Rudy Tanzi, PhD, a researcher in the department of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Newly Identified Gene Variants that Modify the Onset of Huntington’s Disease Could Lead to New Therapeutics

Researchers from the Mass General Research Institute have used an innovative approach to pinpoint two locations on the human genome that influence the rate at which Huntington’s disease (HD), a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder, develops in those carrying the HD gene defect. By studying the samples from more than 4,000 HD patients, researchers were able to identify two genetic variants in […]

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Mass General Researchers Use Imaging Tools to Gain Insights into the Physiology of the Trance State

Shamanic rituals that involve entering a trance state have been a part of the human experience for thousands of years. But we still know very little about the scientific basis of trances. A team of investigators that included researchers from the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Mass General recently conducted MRI scans of 15 shamanic […]

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Mass General Researcher Recounts Trip To Bhutan to Test Smartphone-Based EEG

(Editor’s note: This post was written by Sarah Clark, a project manager at Massachusetts General Hospital working with the Global Neurology Research Group led by Farrah Mateen, MD, PhD. Clark is pictured below at left, Mateen at right.) “I recently had the amazing opportunity to travel to Bhutan to work with epilepsy patients for a clinical […]

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Redesigned Systems May Increase Access to MRI for Patients with Implanted Medical Devices

It is estimated that around 300,000 patients worldwide are prevented from receiving magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) each year because they have implanted devices like pacemakers and deep brain stimulation implants. Now researchers at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Mass General may have found a solution. By redesigning the wires that carry signals between implanted […]

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Research Study Seeks to Extend the Time Window for Stroke Intervention

According to Dr. R. Gilberto Gonzalez, MD, PhD, Director of the Neuroradiology division at Massachusetts General Hospital, it’s shaping up to be a big year for research on stroke treatment. Our researchers are currently working on a study to identify patients that will benefit from an interventional procedure to remove the clot that causes the patient’s stroke, even after […]

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Does Gout Play a Role in Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease?

Could gout—a painful form of inflammatory arthritis—play a role in preventing Alzheimer’s disease? In a large study in the United Kingdom, Mass General researchers found that patients who previously had gout had a 24% lower risk of ‪#‎Alzheimers‬ disease. Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood, which can cause complications […]

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Looking for Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease Before it Strikes

By working with a genetically linked group of 5,000 individuals in Colombia who have a significantly higher predisposition to early-onset ‪#‎Alzheimer‬’s disease than any other population in the world, Mass General researcher Yakeel T. Quiroz, PhD (pictured here), is hoping to better understand the subtle changes in the brain that take place prior to an […]

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