The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has established a new Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) program to help spur research in this area, with the goal to develop new technologies that could improve physical and mental health by using targeted stimulation of the peripheral nervous system to exploit the body’s natural ability to quickly and effectively heal itself.
Last year, three biomedical engineering (BME) MS students—Teresa Cauvel, Rebecca Peyser, and Sona Shah—took BME Lecturer Katherine E. Reuther’s new design course and came up with an idea for a health technology startup they called Neopenda.
Slowly, the ranks of New York biotechs are increasing, thanks in part to a growing group of early-stage venture capitalists dipping their toes in the local startup scene. Tara Biosystems is one of those startups, and today it’s brought a few new investors in as part of a plan to take root and grow in the city.
Scientists at Columbia University’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), and the Université Paris Descartes have found that deficits in social memory may be due to a decrease in the number of a particular class of brain cells.
In an editorial published online in JAMA Neurology, James M. Noble, MD, MS, CPH, assistant professor of neurology (in the Taub Institute and the Sergievsky Center) at Columbia University Medical Center, notes that the case history presented in an article by Mez and colleagues, “offers an opportunity to highlight a number of important, ongoing developments in the field of concussion and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), but also underscores the many substantial, unresolved, and essential questions left unanswered in the field.”
Shih-Fu Chang, senior executive vice dean, the Richard Dicker Professor of Telecommunications, and professor of electrical engineering and of computer science at Columbia Engineering, will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Amsterdam.
A drug that boosts activity in the brain’s “garbage disposal” system can decrease levels of toxic proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders and improve cognition in mice, a new study by neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) has found.