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From left to right, UTHealth Houston researchers Oscar Woolnough, PhD, and Nitin Tandon, MD, both with the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery at McGovern Medical School. (Photos provided by Drs. Woolnough and Tandon)

Two brain networks are activated while reading, study finds

When a person reads a sentence, two distinct networks in the brain are activated, working together to integrate the meanings of the individual words to obtain more complex, higher-order meaning, according to a study at UTHealth Houston.
Claudio Soto, PhD, professor and the Huffington Foundation Distinguished Chair in the Department of Neurology with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston. (Photo by UTHealth Houston)

Study: Misfolded alpha-synuclein protein key to early detection of Parkinson’s disease

The presence of a misfolded alpha-synuclein protein can be used to determine if people have Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study using technology developed by a researcher at UTHealth Houston. This biomarker could pave the way for the development of better diagnostic tools and new treatment options for the disease.
Study authors Mark J. Burish, MD, PhD, and Seung-Hee Yoo, PhD, stand in a lab at McGovern Medical School. (Photo by Caitie Barkley/UTHealth Houston)

Cluster headache, migraine strongly associated with circadian system, according to published research

Cluster headache and migraine are both strongly linked to the internal clock that regulates body processes known as the circadian system, according to new research from UTHealth Houston.
Photo of researchers part of the study.

Study: SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, can alter genome structure of our cells

People infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, may experience genome structure changes that not only may explain our immunological symptoms after infection, but also potentially link to long COVID, according to a new study by researchers at UTHealth Houston.
Nitin Tandon, MD, professor and chair ad interim of the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston. (Photo by UTHealth Houston)

UTHealth Houston researchers awarded $15M in NIH BRAIN grants to study speech, epilepsy, and dyslexia

Three grants totaling $15 million, which aim to enhance knowledge of the brain processes that play a key role in speech, epilepsy, and reading, have been awarded to researchers at UTHealth Houston by the National Institutes of Health Brain Research Through Advancing Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.
Photo of Dr. Dianna Milewicz with a  member of her research team. (Photo by UTHealth Houston)

Targeting a specific protein in smooth muscle cells may dramatically reduce atherosclerotic plaque formation

A new study shows targeting a protein in smooth muscle cells can block and decrease buildup of atherosclerotic plaque in mouse models, according to researchers with UTHealth Houston.