UT Southwestern Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care partnering on Lone Star Depression Challenge


UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care is collaborating with mental health colleagues across the country to expand detection and treatment for depression and other disorders across Texas as part of the Lone Star Depression Challenge.

Same Difference: Two halves of the hippocampus have different gene activity


A study of gene activity in the brain’s hippocampus, led by UT Southwestern researchers, has identified marked differences between the region’s anterior and posterior portions.

Scientists identify source of weight gain from antipsychotics


Scientists with UT Southwestern’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute have identified the molecular mechanism that can cause weight gain for those using a common antipsychotic medication.

Laser procedure offers advantages for rare pediatric epilepsy surgery


Using a laser for a rare brain surgery to treat drop seizures, which cause a child with epilepsy to suddenly fall, holds some advantages over a traditional open craniotomy

Researchers identify protein produced after stroke that triggers neurodegeneration


Researchers with the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute at UT Southwestern have identified a new protein implicated in cell death that provides a potential therapeutic target that could prevent or delay the progress of neurodegenerative diseases following a stroke.

Exercise boosts blood flow to the brain, study finds


It’s not just your legs and heart that get a workout when you walk briskly; exercise affects your brain as well.

The α7 protein is ready for its close-up


UT Southwestern researchers have identified the structure of a key member of a family of proteins called nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in three different shapes.

Riding the wave to memory-forming genetics


UT Southwestern scientists have identified key genes involved in brain waves that are pivotal for encoding memories.

Putting a protein into overdrive to heal spinal cord injuries


Using genetic engineering, researchers at UT Southwestern and Indiana University have reprogrammed scar-forming cells in mouse spinal cords to create new nerve cells, spurring recovery after spinal cord injury.

Forming sound memories: Autism gene plays key aspect in birdsong


Inactivating a gene in young songbirds that’s closely linked with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) prevents the birds from forming memories necessary to accurately reproduce their fathers’ songs, a new study led by UT Southwestern shows.