Research suggests new strategies for fighting TB

Researchers from Brown and MIT have shown new details about how a promising new class of antibiotics attacks the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. The research could provide a blueprint for developing drugs aimed at fighting TB.

Presidential Colloquium Series to tackle ‘big questions’ in science

Brown is introducing a Presidential Colloquium Series titled “Thinking Out Loud: Deciphering Mysteries of Our World and Beyond.” The series features renowned scientists giving accessible public talks on big-picture topics from the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe to the nature of human consciousness. Harvard astrophysicist John A. Johnson will deliver the inaugural lecture Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.

Saltmarsh recovery looks good, falls short

In some places Cape Cod’s imperiled saltmarsh grasses have been making a comeback, but a new study reports that their ability to protect the coast has not returned nearly as fast as their healthy appearance would suggest.

Adding natural uncertainty improves mathematical models

Ironically, allowing uncertainty into a mathematical equation that models fluid flows makes the equation much more capable of correctly reflecting the natural world — like the formation, strength, and position of air masses and fronts in the atmosphere.
Questions for Mark Blyth

The Scottish vote for independence

Last week, Scotland made history by voting on whether the country should break away from Great Britain. Ultimately, those in favor of remaining part of the United Kingdom won, but the event sparked debate and exposed political divides. Courtney Coelho spoke with Mark Blyth, professor of international political economy, about the vote and what the future holds for Scotland.
Questions for Dr. Jack Elias

Research is working toward a potential asthma drug

Dr. Jack Elias, dean of medicine and biological sciences, is a pulmonologist who studies asthma and other diseases. A decade of research has illuminated the molecular workings of the common and chronic lung ailment enough to identify a potential treatment. With a new federal grant, shared with Yale, he’ll now work to select and advance an antibody toward possible human trials.
Framework in Global Health

New diagnostic approach for autism in Tanzania

Researchers at Brown University and the University of Georgia have developed and tested an approach for diagnosing autism in Tanzania, where such clinical assessment and intervention services are rare. The assessment battery combines several existing but culturally adapted techniques into a protocol that the researchers tested with 41 children at two Tanzanian sites.
Primary care and population medicine

New medical school program progresses

With support from the American Medical Association, the Alpert Medical School is developing a new M.D./Sc.M. degree program in primary care and population health. Five faculty members recently joined representatives of 10 other medical schools in Nashville, Tenn., to review progress on the national effort.

Survey finds benefits, risks of yoga for bipolar disorder

Newly published results from a survey of people with bipolar disorder who practice yoga have begun to document the reported benefits and risks of the practice. The information, plus a pilot clinical trial currently underway, could help psychologists develop yoga as an adjunctive therapy for the condition.