News & Announcements
Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Physiology. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards and honors.
James Houk, PhD, former chair and professor of Physiology whose Feinberg career spanned more than 40 years, passed away on June 11.
D. James Surmeier, PhD, chair and the Nathan Smith Davis Professor of Physiology, has received the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award for demonstrated scientific excellence and productivity in the field of neurological research.
Small projections of dendritic spines known as spinules are unexpectedly dynamic, while a stable subgroup may form multi-synaptic spine connections, according to the first detailed study of their behavior.
A Northwestern Medicine study has identified looped neural connections between the cortex and thalamus, providing a new understanding of connectivity between the two brain regions.
The nervous system groups sets of muscles producing opposing forces on joints, firing the muscles simultaneously to ensure joints aren’t stressed or injured by unbalanced forces, according to a recent study.
A new study discovered a previously unknown mechanism by which dopamine drives mitochondrial energy production.
Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered that mutations in the largest genetic contributor to ALS leads to the dysfunction and eventual degeneration of certain specialized subtypes in the brain. The findings may lead to development of novel therapeutic interventions for the disease.
Northwestern has formed the Center for Translational Pain Research, which aims to advance basic and clinical science in the hopes of developing non-addictive treatments for chronic pain.
Joel Voss, PhD, and John Disterhoft, PhD, have received a $6.3 million grant from the NIH as part of the BRAIN Initiative.
Talia Lerner, PhD, has received the NIH Director's New Innovator Award, an early-career grant supporting projects in the biomedical, behavioral or social sciences.