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Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s basic science academic departments. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards and honors.

Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Cell and Developmental Biology




  • 08.16.2023

    Today, more than 50 million adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain — pain lasting longer than three months — and is the most common reason why people seek medical attention, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • 08.10.2023

    Northwestern investigators have discovered the mechanisms by which PCDH12, a protein critical to cell adhesion, also contributes to neuron production and neuronal migration during brain development, according to a recent study published in Cell Reports. Loss of PCDH12 function is associated with severe neurodevelopmental disorders, such as microcephaly, infantile epilepsy and autism. The findings of the study shed light on mechanisms of brain cortex development and advance our understanding of pathogenic mechanisms of PCDH12-related neurodevelopmental disorders, ultimately aiding in the identification of potential therapeutic targets.

  • 08.03.2023

    A new Northwestern University-led study published in Nature Neuroscience has discovered that dopamine neurons are more diverse than previously thought, opening new research directions for further understanding and potentially even treating Parkinson’s disease.

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