After the human genome project

Scientists Take Early Steps Toward Mapping Epigenetic Variability

The study of eipigenetic variability in cells and tissues could someday help diagnose diseases more precisely and provide more targeted treatments for chronic ailments. Details, summarized by Brown University researchers and others, are published online in the latest edition of PLoS Genetics.

VA Renews Funding for Limb-Loss Research in Providence

The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded more than $7 million to the Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine, renewing funding for another five years. The center is a collaborative effort between the Providence VA Medical Center, Brown University, and others.

Carbon Nanoparticles Toxic to Adult Fruit Flies But Benign to Young

Researchers at Brown University have discovered that certain types of carbon nanoparticles can be environmentally toxic to adult fruit flies, although they were found to be benign when added to food for larvae. The findings, published online in Environmental Science & Technology, may further reveal the environmental and health dangers of carbon nanoparticles.
August 29 through November 1

Bell Gallery Shows Kirsten Hassenfeld Sculptures

The David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University presents Kirsten Hassenfeld: Recent Sculpture, an exhibition of large-scale ornate paper sculptures, from Saturday, Aug. 29, through Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009.

Gene variations can be barometer of behavior, choices

Michael Frank, of the Brown Institute for Brain Science, has determined that variations of three different genes in the brain can predict whether individuals will make certain choices. His work,  in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Arizona, will be published in the August 2009 edition of Nature Neuroscience.

Climate Change May Spell Demise of Key Salt Marsh Constituent

A key constituent in New England salt marshes may be imperiled by global warming, a new study has found. Experiments by Brown University researchers show that warmer temperatures cause a spectrum of plants known as forbs to disappear. Results are published in Ecology Letters.

Brown Professor Continues Debate Over Recovered Memory

Two years after two Harvard psychiatrists published a controversial paper on repressed memory, Brown University political scientist Ross Cheit is engaged in an academic dispute over that paper’s integrity and its implications. Cheit’s paper appears in the current issue of Journal of Trauma & Dissociation.
Mysteries of cognition

Brain Section Multitasks, Handling Phonetics and Decision-Making

Scientists from Brown University and the University of Cincinnati found that a portion of the brain that handles decision-making also helps decipher different sounds. Details are in the July issue of the journal Psychological Science.
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Brown University Professor Helps Rank Top 100 Health Priorities

A new report from the Institute of Medicine recommends 100 health topics that need priority attention as the nation sets out to reform and improve the health care system. Constantine Gatsonis of Brown University served on the IOM’s national committee of experts that compiled the June 30 report, Priorities For Comparative Effectiveness Research.

Brown University, Draper Laboratory Announce Plans for Energy Research Center

Brown University and Draper Laboratory intend to establish a center to turn promising research discoveries into products that help tackle energy challenges in the United States. The parties have signed a memorandum of understanding that represents the first step toward creating a Center for Energy Research.