Nervous System Diseases Program

NIH Makes $8.5 Million Investment in Promising Projects

October 20, 2017

HSCI Faculty ‘extraordinary’ innovation recognized by the NIH

HSCI Principal Faculty members Jeffrey Macklis, Alex Schier and Brian Wainger were recently recognized ‘for exceptional creativity’ by the NIH’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research program. Jeff and Alex each received the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award which challenges investigators at all career levels to pursue new research directions and develop groundbreaking, high-impact approaches to a broad area of biomedical or behavioral science.  Brian was bestowed the...

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Time for a new definition

November 18, 2015

Researchers uncover diverse subtypes of serotonin-producing neurons

By Stephanie Dutchen, HMS Writer/Editor

It used to be enough to call a serotonergic neuron a serotonergic neuron.

These brain cells make the neurotransmitter serotonin, which helps regulate mood, appetite, breathing rate, body temperature and more.

Recently, however, scientists have begun to learn that these neurons differ from one another—and that the differences likely matter in dysfunction and disease.

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