Premiile Ad Astra pentru Cercetarea de Excelenţă

(…) consilierul pentru cercetare al ministrului educaţiei şi cercetării, vicepreşedintele CNCSIS şi apoi CNCS etc.), nu am devenit membru al Ad Astrei, deşi le împărtăşesc ferm valorile în cercetare, din motive obiective: am vrut ca acele colaborări pe care le avem să fie cât mai obiective. Fiind una dintre cele mai reprezentative organizaţii de profil…

Mental disorders and gender

Originally posted on Dr. Traian Stefan Grozescu's personal blog:
User friendly ARTICLE (from Wikipedia): Gender is correlated with the prevalence of certain mental disorders, including[1] depression, anxiety and somatic complaints.[1] Major depression is twice as common in women.[1] The lifetime prevalence rate of alcohol dependence is more than twice as high in men, and…

How to Grow a New Head

Originally posted on Medical Genetics:
Cut most species of flatworm in half, and you end up with two flatworms. The front half will grow a new tail and, more impressively, the back half will grow a new head—complete with a fully functioning brain. But a few species of these worms mysteriously lack this ability, at…

The Neandertal genome

Originally posted on Medical Genetics:
Introduction Recent advances in high-throughput DNA sequencing have provided initial glimpses of the nuclear genome of Neandertals as well as other ancient mammals including cave bears and mammoths. In the 7 May 2010 issue of Science, an international team of researchers presents the draft sequence of the Neandertal genome composed…

Sleep: The Ultimate Brainwasher?

Originally posted on Medical Genetics:
17 October 2013 2:15 pm Scientists show that our brains clean themselves while we slumber Maiken Nedergaard/Jeff Iliff Brainwashing. When mice sleep, fluid-filled channels (pale blue) between neurons expand and flush out waste. Every night since humans first evolved, we have made what might be considered a baffling, dangerous mistake.…

Alzheimer’s Disease

Originally posted on Medical Genetics:
Looking into the Crystal Ball for Alzheimer’s Disease William J. Mack University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA. E-mail: William.Mack@med.usc.edu As our population ages, the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) continues to increase at a rapid rate. An estimated 5 to 10% of individuals over 65, and 40% of…