News in Brief

Researchers Learn More About Alzheimer’s
Frank LaFerla, associate professor of neurobiology and behavior and his team of researchers, have discovered the molecular trigger that sets off memory loss in mice that have been genetically engineered to develop brain lesions associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
‘Beta amyloid’ is the protein that accumulates in neurons in the mice’s brains. Healthy brains are able to clear excess amounts of ‘beta amyloid,’ but brains with Alzheimer’s disease cannot handle the accumulation of the protein.
This discovery will help researchers find therapies that will halt Alzheimer’s disease.

Poets Highlight Next Chancellor’s Fellow Event
On March 11, the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow Series will present ‘An Evening of Poetry,’ featuring Frank Bidart, Louise Gl