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Newswise: Ruth Lehmann Elected as Director of Whitehead Institute
19-Sep-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Ruth Lehmann Elected as Director of Whitehead Institute
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Lehmann, a world renowned developmental and cell biology researcher, as the Institute’s fifth Director

Released: 19-Oct-2017 1:05 PM EDT
Study Reveals Key Molecular Link in Major Cell Growth Pathway
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

A team of scientists has uncovered a surprising molecular link connecting how cells regulate growth with how they sense and make available nutrients. The findings also implicate a new protein as a potential drug target in pancreatic cancer.

Released: 6-Oct-2017 3:05 PM EDT
Genetic Body/Brain Connection Identified in Genomic Region Linked to Autism
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

For the first time, scientists have directly linked deletions in two genes in zebrafish and traits, such as seizures, hyperactivity, large head size, and increased fat content. Both genes are in a genome region linked to autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, seizures, and obesity in humans

Released: 5-Sep-2017 12:05 PM EDT
Mystery Solved: How Thyroid Hormone Prods Red Blood Cell Production
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

For more than a century, the link between thyroid hormone and red blood cell production has remained elusive. Now, Whitehead scientists have teased about the mechanism that connects them, which could help scientists identify new therapies for specific types of anemia.

Newswise: Whitehead Member David Sabatini Awarded Dickson Prize in Medicine
Released: 17-Aug-2017 11:05 AM EDT
Whitehead Member David Sabatini Awarded Dickson Prize in Medicine
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Whitehead Institute Member David Sabatini will be this year’s recipient of the Dickson Prize in Medicine. The annual award is the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s highest honor and recognizes “an American biomedical researcher who has made significant, progressive contributions to medicine”.

Released: 14-Jun-2017 5:10 PM EDT
Elegant Switch Controls Translation in Transition From Egg to Embryo
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

The transition from an egg to a developing embryo is one of life’s most remarkable transformations. Now Whitehead Institute researchers have used fruit flies to decipher how one aspect—control of the translation of messenger RNAs (mRNAs) into proteins—shifts as the egg becomes an the embryo. This type of switch could tell scientists more about how human cells work and embryos develop.

Released: 8-Jun-2017 10:00 AM EDT
Whitehead’s Weng Receives Grant From Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation to Study Herbs That May Boost Mothers’ Milk
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Many cultures traditionally use herbs believed to increase milk supply – so called galactagogues – although scientific data are lacking. Now Whitehead Institute Member Jing-Ke Weng and the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation are teaming up to explore the effects of galactagogues on milk production.

3-Apr-2017 10:05 AM EDT
Biomarker Identified for Likely Aggressive, Early Stage Breast Cancer
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Whitehead Institute scientists have identified a gene that could help clinicians discern which patients have aggressive forms of early stage breast cancer, which could prevent hundreds of thousands of women from undergoing unnecessary treatment and save millions of dollars.

6-Mar-2017 2:05 PM EST
Cargo-Carrying Red Blood Cells Alleviate Autoimmune Diseases in Mice
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Using red blood cells modified to carry disease-specific antigens, scientists from Whitehead Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital have prevented and alleviated two autoimmune diseases—multiple sclerosis (MS) and type 1 diabetes—in early stage mouse models.

23-Feb-2017 10:00 AM EST
Researchers Uncover a Role for HSP90 in Gene-Environment Interactions in Humans
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Researchers at Whitehead Institute have now uncovered a role for the protein-folding chaperone HSP90 in humans, not only as a modifier of the effects of mutations, but as a mediator of the impact of the environment on the function of mutant proteins. And these effects of HSP90 can alter the course of human diseases.


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