A Paradox Revealed: Cues Associated with Infant Abuse May Help Reduce Stress in the Adult Brain

Neurobiologists at NYU Langone Medical Center and other institutions have found a surprising and paradoxical effect of abuse-related cues in rat pups: those cues also can lower depressive-like behavior when the rat pups are fully-grown. Senior study investigator Regina Sullivan, PhD and graduate student MillieRincón-Cortés, PhD, in a report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) online Jan. 5, say these results are surprising because cues associated with trauma experienced as adults provoke fear and do not rescue depressive behavior. Read more…


First Successful Vaccination Against “Mad Cow”-like Wasting Disease in Deer

Researchers at NYULMC and elsewhere say that a vaccination they have developed to fight a brain-based, wasting syndrome among deer and other animals may protect U.S. livestock from contracting the disease and prevent similar brain infections in humans. The study, led by NYULMC neurologist Thomas Wisniewski, MD, and published in Vaccine online, documents the first successful vaccination of deer against chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal brain disorder caused by unusual infectious proteins known as prions. Read more...