June

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Overlay of dual color standard confocal (left) and STED microscopy (right) images of a single isolated cardiomyocyte labeled for voltage-dependent L-type calcium channels (red: α-1C subunit) and ryanodine receptors (green: RR). α-1C subunit is pulse STED and RR is gated-CW STED.  

Image by Yong Wu and Xundong Wu from the laboratory of Enrico Stefani.  

 

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Neuroscience News Featured Article

BRI PHYSIOLOGISTS CHALLENGE TRADITIONAL NEUROSCIENCE IN THE PAST AND PRESENT

Image: Homology model of a P2X channel, with the pore lining second transmembrane domain shown in
grey, courtesy of the Khakh laboratory. More about Dr. Khakh here.
 

Varghese John

Introducing the BRI's New Member

VARGHESE JOHN, PhD

The BRI welcomes new member Varghese John, PhD. John, an associate adjunct professor of neurology and principal investigator in the department’s new Drug Discovery and Translational Laboratory. He is also co-director of the Alzehimer’s Drug Development Network. John is an accomplished medical chemist who develops new therapeutics for neurodegenerative disorders with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Other research interests include development of new treatment approaches for traumatic brain injury, and glioblastoma multiforme. John joins UCLA from the Buck Institute for Research and Aging.

Image: John (second from left) and his drug discovery team (l to r): Jesus Campagna Barbara Jagodzinska, and Patricia Spilman.

Varghese John

In the News

NEW BLOOD TEST PROVIDES MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN DIAGNOSIS OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

Dr. Liana Apostolova, BRI member and director of the neuroimaging laboratory at the Mary Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA leads a study that provides the first evidence that a simple blood test could be developed to confirm the presence of beta amyloid proteins in the brain – a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. The blood test would be safe, affordable and easy to administer in large groups or in rural areas. More here.

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NEW CLASS 
K-12 Teacher Professional Development Course
ANIMAL CARE & STUDY IN THE CLASSROOM

This 3-unit (30 hour) course will be taught by UCLA veterinarians and experienced animal-care staff, with guest lectures by animal research scientists and state & county science fair officials.

June 30th - July 30th
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am - 12pm

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