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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.

  • 06.30.2020

    James Houk, PhD, former chair and professor of Physiology whose Feinberg career spanned more than 40 years, passed away on June 11.

  • 06.25.2020

    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.

  • 05.27.2020

    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.

  • 05.21.2020

    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.

  • 05.14.2020

    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.

  • 03.06.2020

    A new study discovered a previously unknown mechanism by which dopamine drives mitochondrial energy production.

  • 02.13.2020

    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.