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Research from Boston and Duke Universities Offers New Hope for HIV Vaccine Development

August 15th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

In a scientific discovery that has significant implications for HIV vaccine development, collaborators at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Duke University School of Medicine have uncovered novel properties of special HIV antibodies. The paper, published in Cell Host and Microbe, describes how some HIV antibodies experience an unusual type of mutation, a... More

Common Chemical in Mothers May Negatively Affect the IQ of Their Unborn Children

August 14th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

In some women abnormally high levels of a common and pervasive chemical may lead to adverse effects in their offspring. The study, published recently in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, is the first of its kind to shed light on the possible harmful side effects of perchlorate in mothers and their children. Using data... More

A Gene That May Increase Alzheimer’s Disease Risk in African-Americans

August 12th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) report that two rare variants in the AKAP9 gene significantly increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in African-Americans. This previously unknown association furthers the understanding of the role of genetic factors in the development of AD, according to the researchers, whose findings appear in Alzheimer’s & Dementia. AD... More

BUMC Students to Enjoy Newly Renovated Space on 11th Floor Alumni Medical Library

August 7th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

A recently completed renovation on the 11th floor of the Alumni Medical Library now provides a state-of-the-art, 220 seat testing center. The testing center is among the first of its kind, and will serve to both facilitate the administration of exams while at the same time enhancing the quality of study space for BUMC students. Renovations... More

BUSM Whitecoat Ceremony Photos on Facebook

August 5th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

On Monday, Aug. 4,  members of the BUSM Class of 2018 received their white coats on Talbot Green.  View the pics on Facebook. 

BUSM Researchers Uncover New Possible Approach for Treating Schizophrenia

July 31st, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have uncovered important clues about a biochemical pathway in the brain that may one day expand treatment options for cognitive deficits seen in schizophrenia. The study, published online in the journal Molecular Pharmacology, was led by faculty members David H. Farb, PhD, Terrell T. Gibbs, PhD, and... More

Saying Goodbye to BU’s Former “First Lady”

July 30th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Jasmine Chobanian remembered as a patron of the arts and a humanitarian. Jasmine Chobanian, who was regarded as the “First Lady” of Boston University during the many years that her husband Aram V. Chobanian, MD, served in University leadership, both as dean of the School of Medicine and the ninth president of Boston University (2003–2005), died... More

Dr. Domenic Ciraulo Appointed Chairman of NIAAA Review Group

July 29th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

BUSM's Domenic A. Ciraulo, MD, was appointed as the chairman of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) study section AA-3, which reviews all grant applications requesting funding for clinical studies of treatments for alcoholism and health services research on alcoholism. He has been funded by NIAAA for more than 18 years, serving... More

Researchers Identify Potential Biomarker for Alzheimer’s

July 28th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) report variants in a new gene, PLXNA4, which may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The discovery of this novel genetic association may lead to new drug treatment options that target PLXNA4 specifically. These findings appear in the Annals of Neurology. AD is the most frequent... More

Engaging Patients to Improve Health Care Outcomes

July 22nd, 2014 in Uncategorized.

How can engaged patients improve health care? BUSM's Suzanne Mitchell, MD, and other expert panelists tackled the question during a recent TEDMED#GreatChallenges discussion, "Examining the Case for Patient Activation Measures." Research indicates clinical sites using the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) -- a tool developed by researchers at the University of Oregon to measure patients' knowledge, skills and confidence... More