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Happier Holidays

Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? UVA psychologist Peter Sheras offers some tips for beating the ‘holiday blues.’ Reposted with permission from UVA Today, December 4, 2017. Written by Jane Kelly, University News Associate, Office of University Communications. The words seem to contradict one another: holiday depression. Yet each year, people around the world suffer from the condition, […]

GLIA: Not Just Brain Glue!

Written by Sarah Kucenas, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, Cell Biology and Neuroscience and Director of the Department of Biology Distinguished Majors Program, University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences   The nervous system is the single most important organ system in the human body. It controls our ability to move, […]

Tau Speed Bumps Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease

  Written by George S. Bloom, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Cell Biology and Neuroscience and Director of the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience, University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences   Alzheimer’s disease (AD) attacks neurons (nerve cells) in the brain, and sometime in early 2013 it became the most expensive disease […]

Food Allergy Research: Asking the Tough Questions

Written by Alice Hoyt, MD, UVA Allergy and Clinical Immunology Fellow Food allergy is a strange disease. Foods are meant to nourish man, so why in the past 20 years has there been an increase in food allergies? That is the question I’m most commonly asked, and parents of children with food allergies often ask […]

Motivational Interviewing at UVA

Author: Charlotte Chapman, LPC, is the program director for Counseling at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center and the Chair of Programs. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and has been using this approach for fifteen years. Contact: cmc5nq@virginia.edu One of the approaches being used by faculty, staff and […]

The Power of Pause

By Dorrie K. Fontaine, Dean of the School of Nursing (adapted from Dean Fontaine’s Convocation address, JPJ Arena, Sept. 28, 2013) Many of us certainly recall Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” – a 1938 play about two families experiencing life’s many junctures — birth, marriage, work, death – in fictitious Grover’s Corners, an imaginary turn-of-the-century New […]

Can Compassion and Empathy Be Learned?

by Dorrie K. Fontaine The Daily Progress Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2013 12:15 am Can compassion be taught? It’s a question asked by parents, educators and employers, by anyone who watches or reads the news, listens to school bus taunts, or pays attention to politics. But more importantly, it’s a poignant query from patients caught up […]

Protein tweak may trigger Alzheimer’s

Unusual version of disease-linked amyloid-beta slows destruction in mouse brains By Laura Sanders http://www.sciencenews.org/ Web edition : Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 Scientists have caught tiny amounts of a strangely shaped protein — a relative of a well-known suspect in Alzheimer’s disease —spreading destruction throughout the brains of mice. If a similar process happens in the […]

Alzheimer’s breaks the first law of neuronal safety—stay out of the cell cycle

News from The American Society for Cell Biology 52nd Annual Meeting San Francisco, California December 15–19, 2012 by George S. Bloom, University of Virginia, Department of Biology The loss of neurons in the brain is what causes the devastating symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). A typical patient loses ~30% of the neurons responsible for memory […]