A Neuron to Remember: Correcting Imbalances in Fragile X Syndrome

A Neuron to Remember: Correcting Imbalances in Fragile X Syndrome
FRAXA Fellowship Awarded May 2016 and Renewed September 2017 University of Edinburgh $90,000 over 2 years "Enhancement of NMDA Receptor Signaling for the Treatment of Fragile X Syndrome" Principal Investigator Emily Osterweil PhD  Postdoctoral Fellow Stephanie Barnes PhD   University of Edinburgh Researcher Emily Osterweil, PhD, Probes the Brain’s Biochemistry to Correct Imbalances We know the “X” in fragile X refers to the X chromosome, but it could just as easily refer to the unknown. Such as why do people with fragile X have an excessive production of new proteins in their brains that lead to imbalances? That question is being dissected in the lab of Emily Osterweil, PhD, chancellor’s fellow, Centre for Integrative Physiology, University of Edinburgh, UK. Dr. Osterweil is using insights from previous experiments to identify new treatment strategies for fragile X. Her goal is to understand the biochemistry of the brain better. She aims to correctRead more

A Neuron to Remember: Correcting Imbalances in Fragile X Syndrome

A Neuron to Remember: Correcting Imbalances in Fragile X Syndrome

University of Edinburgh researcher Emily Osterweil, PhD, probes the brain’s biochemistry to correct imbalances We know the “X” in fragile X refers to the X chromosome, but it could just as easily refer to the unknown.Such as why do people with fragile X have an excessive production of new proteins in their brains that lead to imbalances? That question is being dissected in the lab of Emily Osterweil, PhD, chancellor’s fellow, Centre for Integrative Physiology, University of Edinburgh, UK. Dr. Osterweil is using insights from previous experiments to identify new treatment strategies for fragile X. Her goal is to understand the biochemistry of the brain better. She aims to correct those imbalances by making new proteins from existing messenger RNA, to snap neurons into “remembering” what happened to them before. FRAXA Fellowship Awarded May 2016, Renewed May 2017 Enhancement of NMDA receptor signaling for the treatment of fragile X syndrome

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