In a cross-school collaboration, Harvard researchers Steve McCarroll (left) and Kevin Eggan (right) couple stem cell science with genetics and genomics to advance our understanding of human brain illnesses. Their latest project identified mutations that stem cell lines acquire in culture.
Co-lead of HSCI's Nervous System Diseases Program Paola Arlotta and postdoctoral fellow Giorgia Quadrato have produced long-cultured brain organoids that have the potential to advance our understanding of brain development and disorders.
SMN protein (red) is necessary for the survival of spinal cord neurons (motor neurons) responsible for breathing and all movement. Harvard researchers have found a compound that stabilized this protein in mouse and human motor neurons.
Adapted from a Joslin Diabetes Center press release
Diabetes researchers have puzzled for decades about why insulin-producing beta cells in one pancreatic islet often look and behave quite differently than their counterparts in the same islet or in nearby islets. Using newly identified cellular markers of aging, Joslin Diabetes Center scientists now have shown that this diversity may be driven at least in part by differently aged beta cell populations within the pancreas. Read more about How insulin-producing cells show their age