Scavenger Hunt

This all-day event at Finn’s Taproom in Victor, New York will feature motorcycles, a gift basket and 50/50 raffle, a chicken dinner, musical guests Jester’s Alibi and The Occasional Saints, and a silent auction featuring a signed Kenny Chesney guitar. Continue reading Scavenger Hunt

‘Anti-sense’ RNA aids repair of damaged nerves

Scientists have discovered that an “anti-sense” RNA (AS-RNA) is expressed after nerve injury to regulate how the damaged nerves rebuild their coating of myelin. That myelin, like the cladding around a cable or wire, is crucial for making nerves efficient Continue reading ‘Anti-sense’ RNA aids repair of damaged nerves

Researchers Study Novel Proteins’ Role in Myelination

M. Laura Feltri, MD, professor of biochemistry and neurology, is leading research to determine whether a new family of molecules prevents demyelination and nerve degeneration in patients with peripheral nerve diseases. The research builds on her 2014 finding that the Continue reading Researchers Study Novel Proteins’ Role in Myelination

Researchers Identify Mutations In Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease That Worsen Peripheral Nerve Damage

A combination of specific genetic mutations in Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease that worsens peripheral nerve damage could be a helpful biomarker for predicting the severity of a given case of CMT, a Jackson Laboratory research team reports.

Either of two mutations impacting Scn8a — a sodium channel that is vital to the proper conduction of nerve impulses at the nodes of Ranvier — caused decreased sodium currents that led to severe neurological problems in the CMT mice, Burgess says. “These mutations, while innocuous on their own, can synergize with CMT-associated mutations to cause much more severe disease.” Continue reading Researchers Identify Mutations In Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease That Worsen Peripheral Nerve Damage

Nerve signal discovery backs Nobel winner’s theory

Scientists have proved a 60-year-old theory about how nerve signals are sent around the body at varying speeds as electrical impulses.

Researchers tested how these signals are transmitted through nerve fibres, which enables us to move and recognise sensations such as touch and smell.

The findings from the University of Edinburgh have validated an idea first proposed by Nobel laureate Sir Andrew Huxley. Continue reading Nerve signal discovery backs Nobel winner’s theory