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May 8, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—A scientific team led by the Gladstone Institutes and UC San Francisco has discovered that a common form of a gene already associated with long life also improves learning and memory, a finding that could have implications for treating age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s.

December 9, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Alzheimer’s disease is one of the greatest challenges facing modern medicine, but there is new hope in the fight against this deadly disease.

December 5, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—For some, the disease multiple sclerosis (MS) attacks its victims slowly and progressively over a period of many years. For others, it strikes without warning in fits and starts.

October 21, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Lennart Mucke, MD, who directs neurological research at the Gladstone Institutes, next week will receive the ARCS Foundation’s 2013 Pacesetter Award for his lifelong dedication to overcoming Alzheimer’s disease—and for mentoring students to take a similar approach.

August 29, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—There is no easy way to study diseases of the brain. Extracting brain cells, or neurons, from a living patient is difficult and risky, while examining a patient’s brain post-mortem usually only reveals the disease’s final stages.

July 21, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s. Names forever linked to what they represent: diseases that ravage the brain’s neurons and leave entire regions to wither and die.

June 27, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—The power of the brain lies in its trillions of intercellular connections, called synapses, which together form complex neural “networks.” While neuroscientists have long sought to map these complex connections to see how they influence specific brain functions, traditional tech

June 18, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Inside each of us is our own internal timing device. It drives everything from sleep cycles to metabolism, but the inner-workings of this so-called “circadian clock” are complex, and the molecular processes behind it have long eluded scientists.

June 9, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have deciphered how a protein called Arc regulates the activity of neurons—providing much-needed clues into the brain’s ability to form long-lasting memories.

May 15, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Lennart Mucke, MD, who directs neurological research at the Gladstone Institutes, today received the MetLife Foundation’s 2013 Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer’s Disease at a scientific briefing and awards ceremony in New York.