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.

New combination drug therapy offers hope against methamphetamine addiction


A new treatment that combines two existing medications may provide long-sought relief for many battling debilitating methamphetamine use disorder, according to a study to be published tomorrow in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Protein that can be toxic in the heart and nerves may help prevent Alzheimer’s


A protein that wreaks havoc in the nerves and heart when it clumps together can prevent the formation of toxic protein clumps associated with Alzheimer’s disease