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Regulating Microglia’s Three Roles May Be the Key to Managing Inflammation in the Brain

Experts have long thought of microglia as the immune cells of the brain because they support and defend cells within the central nervous system. To help describe their various functions, scientists have classified microglia into three different roles: sentinels, warriors and nurturers. But what happens to the brain when these microglia aren’t doing their job […]

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Could There be a Link Between Herpes Virus and Alzheimer’s Disease?

A new research study from Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, and Robert Moir, PhD, researchers in the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has uncovered a Jekyll and Hyde role for a naturally occurring protein in the brain most commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In conjunction with new findings from another research team at Icahn School of […]

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Mass General Researchers Share Their Science On-screen

From the Wall Street Journal to local TedTalks, Massachusetts General Hospital researchers are finding new outlets for sharing their science with the public. Check out just a few recent videos highlighting investigators from Mass General: Twenty Americans die every day waiting for transplants. Now researcher Harald C. Ott, MD, from the Department of Surgery thinks […]

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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 […]

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Research Your Resolution: Focus on Your Mental Health, Especially As You Age

Jennifer Gatchel MD, PhD, is a geriatric psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital and an investigator in the Department of Psychiatry at Mass General. She works with adults ages 60 and over to help them cope with life’s transitions. Read more about her research. Although dementia is on the rise, it is not […]

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Research Your Resolution: Boost Your Brain Health With Social Connections

Joel Salinas, MD, is a behavioral neurologist, neuropsychiatrist, and social epidemiologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Brain Health. To learn more about his research, please visit his lab website. When we make social connections with other people, we live better and have healthier brains for longer. This might mean re-connecting with old friends, […]

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12 Days of Research at Mass General: Untangling the Connections Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Mental Illness

In the 12 days leading up to our holiday hiatus, we are looking back on the past year and sharing some highlights in Massachusetts General Hospital research news from each month of 2017. But before we get to the research, we want to thank you for following along with the Research Institute in 2017! We’ll […]

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12 Days of Research at Mass General: Modeling Alzheimer’s Disease in 3D

In the 12 days leading up to our holiday hiatus, we are looking back on the past year and sharing some highlights in Massachusetts General Hospital research news from each month of 2017. October 2017: How a 3D Model of Alzheimer’s Disease is Providing New Hope in the Search for Treatments Reigning in Alzheimer’s disease […]

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12 Days of Research at Mass General: Do Alzheimer’s Patients Suffer Silent Seizures?

In the 12 days leading up to our holiday hiatus, we are looking back on the past year and sharing some highlights in Massachusetts General Hospital research news from each month of 2017. May 2017: Researchers Detect “Silent” Seizures in Alzheimer’s Patients First let’s define a key word: Hippocampus: The brain structure responsible for memory […]

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Gatchel Untangles the Causes of Mood and Anxiety Symptoms and Loss of Brain Function in Aging Populations

Massachusetts General Hospital researcher Jennifer Gatchel, MD, PhD, is using brain imaging technology to learn more about the connections between mental illness and cognitive decline in aging populations. Often referred to as the golden years, life after retirement can sometimes turn out to be less than sunny. Dramatic lifestyle changes such as admittance to an […]

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