Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. The links below take you to articles and announcements about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards, and honors.
- H Foundation Pilot Project Award Recipients Announced: High Throughput Screening and Medicinal Chemistry07.31.2018
Treating mice with isradipine, a calcium channel blocker, prevented formation of toxic compounds that can cause Parkinson’s disease symptoms, according to a recent Northwestern Medicine study.
Enhancing autophagy, the system that recycles old or dysfunctional cells, could have therapeutic effects in a variety of aging-related diseases, according to a pair of Northwestern Medicine studies.
A simple scrape or sore might not cause alarm for most people. But for diabetic patients, an untreated scratch can turn into an open wound that could potentially lead to a limb amputation or even death.
A Northwestern University team has developed a new device, called a regenerative bandage, that quickly heals these painful, hard-to-treat sores without using drugs. During head-to-head tests published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Northwestern’s bandage healed diabetic wounds 33 percent faster than one of the most popular bandages currently on the market.
New compound inhibits the spread of human prostate, breast and pancreatic cancer in mice.
- 05.16.2018Researchers have identified a compound that blocks the spread of pancreatic and other cancers in various animal models. When cancer spreads from one part of the body to another in a process called metastasis, it can eventually grow beyond the reach of effective therapies. Now, there is a new plan of attack against this deadly process, thanks to scientists at the National Institutes of Health, Northwestern University and their collaborative research partners.
A study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provides new insights into the organization of a key protein called cadherin within structures called adherens junctions, which help cells stick together.
The roots of a progressive degenerative disease begin much earlier than previously thought, according to a recent Northwestern Medicine study.
Northwestern Medicine scientists have identified a signaling protein that regulates cell organization, with implications for early development and certain diseases.
- Northwestern Research Magazine Winter 2018 - Books: "Now You See it: Breakthroughs that Reveal Our Tiny, Teeming Inner Life."03.13.2018
The previously unknown cause of anti-phosphatidylethanolamine (aPE) autoimmunity was discovered in a Northwestern Medicine study published in PNAS.
Thomas Hope, PhD, professor in Cell and Molecular Biology, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Biomedical Engineering discusses the Sustained Long-Acting Protection Against HIV (SLAP HIV) program, funded by the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The interdisciplinary project aims to invent, develop and test an implantable drug delivery system to protect high-risk individuals from HIV infection for up to a year at a time.
A team from Northwestern Medicine used the most powerful X-ray source in the Western Hemisphere to examine an 1,800-year old mummy, seeking answers to questions about bone competence of ancient humans.
Northwestern Medicine scientists identified a complex regulatory system that keeps cells functioning when their oxygen supply is cut off.
The Center for Advanced Microscopy and Nikon Imaging Center (CAM-NIC) supports researchers from approximately 250 different laboratories at Northwestern, the Chicago Biomedical Consortium, and elsewhere. The Core facility will be honored alongside the Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC) and Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center (NUANCE), with each receiving Gold Star Awards at the annual Core Facilities Colloquium and Awards Luncheon on the Evanston campus September 27.
A study has shown that a recently-discovered type of RNA is specific to certain cell types, which may make it possible to use those RNA sequences as a marker in stem cell research.
Northwestern Medicine scientists have developed a novel method of tracking HIV infection, allowing the behavior of individual virions to be connected to infectivity.
Mitochondria have an important role in hematopoiesis, the body’s process for creating new blood cells, according to new Northwestern Medicine research.
A new study defined the architecture of nuclear lamins, the fibrous proteins in a cell’s nucleus, providing further insights into their role in cell structure.
In research published in Nature Medicine, Northwestern Medicine scientists have found a molecule that stops the growth of an aggressive pediatric brain tumor for which there is no current treatment.
Northwestern’s biomaterials labs are developing the next generation of materials in medicine, called supramolecular biomaterials – molecules designed in a way to mimic cell structures and functions of biological signaling.
This year, the University launched a new Center for Synthetic Biology, making Northwestern one of the top three U.S. destinations for research and education in this area.
Analyzing a patient’s own stem cells can predict the safety and efficacy of drugs that have the potential to damage a patient’s heart, according to a new study.
Scientists have redesigned a motor protein so that it’s sensitive to chemical inhibition and accessible for future research on neurodegenerative diseases.