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Haroutounian named chief of clinical research for Pain Center

Simon Haroutounian, PhD, assistant professor of anesthesiology, has been named the chief of clinical research for the Washington University Pain Center at the university’s School of Medicine in St. Louis. The appointment was announced Feb. 4. Recognized as an international leader in t...
Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD

Targeting gut microbes may reverse effects of childhood malnutrition

The tens of trillions of microbes living in the gut are major players in human health. So-called friendly intestinal bacteria promote health, but disruptions in our resident microbes also have been linked to childhood malnutrition, an underlying cause of death for some 2.7 million chi...
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Atherosclerosis is Alzheimer’s disease of blood vessels, study suggests

In atherosclerosis, plaque builds up on the inner walls of arteries that deliver blood to the body. Studying mice and tissue samples from the arteries of patients, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine​ in St. Louis suggest this accumulation is driven, at least in pa...
Emil Unanue, MD

Unanue receives Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Award

Emil R. Unanue, MD, an internationally renowned immunologist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received a Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Award for his invaluable contributions to the field of immunology. The annual awards honor scientists who have made outstanding...
Diabetes Day Symposium 2016

Diabetes Research Center Diabetes Day 2015 – Poster Prize Winners Announced

The Diabetes Research Center is pleased to announce the Poster Prize winners of the Diabetes Day Poster Session held in the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center at Washington University on November 5, 2015. The Diabetes Research Center’s Annual Diabetes Day is designed to showcase out...
Deanna Barch, PhD and David Van Essen, PhD

The brain’s wiring is linked to good – and bad – behavioral traits

The way our brains are wired may reveal a lot about us, according to new research co-authored by scientists at Washington University in St. Louis. For example, people with “positive” behavioral traits, such as sharp memories, many years of education and robust physical endurance, have...
Gwendalyn Randolph, PhD

Randolph to receive NIH director’s Pioneer Award ​

Gwendalyn J. Randolph, PhD, director of the Division of Immunobiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been chosen as a 2015 recipient of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Pioneer Award. The Pioneer Award is funded by the NIH Common Fund’s...
Brian Finck, PhD

New strategy to lower blood sugar may help in diabetes treatment​

Some treatments for type 2 diabetes make the body more sensitive to insulin, the hormone that lowers blood sugar. But new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests a different strategy: slowing the production of glucose in the liver. Working in mice, t...
Sharon Cresci M.D. in her lab

Quitting smoking after heart attack gives quick boost to mental health, quality of life​​

A new study shows that quitting smoking after a heart attack has immediate benefits, including less chest pain, better quality of daily life and improved mental health. Many of these improvements became apparent as little as one month after quitting and are more pronounced after one y...
Fumihiko Urano, MD, PhD

Potential treatment target identified for rare form of diabetes

Cell death can trigger numerous diseases, including a rare and severe form of diabetes known as Wolfram syndrome. The cascade of cell death occurs when molecules spill from one part of a cell into another where they don’t belong. Now, scientists working to find treatments for Wolfram ...