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Rajendra S. Apte, MD, PhD

Culprit identified as a major cause of vision loss

The eye’s retina works like film in a camera. The retina’s rods sense dim light, while cone cells detect colors, contrasts and sharp images seen during daylight. A wide range of disorders can damage those rods and cones ...
Bursky Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy

$10 million gift creates Bursky Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has received a $10 million gift to support research that harnesses the immune system to fight cancer, infectious diseases, and disorders caused by autoimmunity and im...
Gli1 cells

Scientists find culprit responsible for calcified blood vessels in kidney disease

Scientists have implicated a type of stem cell in the calcification of blood vessels that is common in patients with chronic kidney disease. The research will guide future studies into ways to block minerals from buildin...
Reproductive Health

New center focuses on women’s and men’s reproductive health

A new center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis aims to bring together a cadre of faculty members to conduct basic, translational and clinical research focused on reproductive health. The center, on...
Axons Myelin

Beneficial role clarified for brain protein associated with mad cow disease

Scientists have clarified details in understanding the beneficial function of a type of protein normally associated with prion diseases of the brain, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (commonly known as mad cow di...
Rithwick Rahjagopal, MD, PhD and Clay F. Semenkovich, MD

Rajagopal awarded Young Physician-Scientist honor

Rithwick Rajagopal, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received a Young Physician-Scientist Award from the American Society ...
Aorta

Genetic error that increases risk of aortic rupture identified

A study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, has identified a genetic error that weakens the aorta, placing patients with this and si...
Genetic Master Switch

New clues found to immune system’s misfiring in autoimmune diseases

A person’s genetic makeup plays a role in autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis that develop when the body is attacked by its own immune system. But little is known about how immune cells are pushed into overdri...