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Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Pharmacology and learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards and honors.
Northwestern Medicine investigators have identified how a calcium channel in the nervous system contributes to brain inflammation, according to a study published in Nature Communications.
- Swanson Named Vice Chair of Pharmacology09.12.2023
Geoffrey Swanson, PhD, professor of Pharmacology, has been named the new vice chair of Pharmacology, effective September 1. In this new role, Swanson will be responsible for overseeing faculty development among early and mid-career faculty members and will contribute to the strategic direction of graduate student and postdoctoral fellow training. Swanson will also lead the departmental promotions and tenure committee while actively contributing to the department’s strategic planning efforts.
A new Northwestern Medicine study has discovered a novel therapeutic target and therapeutic agents for older patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome, according to recent findings published in Science Translational Medicine.
More cases of children born with abnormal brain development may have genetic explanations than previously thought, according to a recent study published in JAMA Neurology.
Northwestern Medicine scientists have developed a new technique for measuring protein folding stability on an unprecedented scale, according to a new study published in Nature.
Reduced expression of specific calcium channels impaired electrical signaling between neurons and contributed to the onset of behaviors associated with neurodevelopmental disorders and seizure susceptibility in mouse models, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.
Investigators have discovered that a subset of sensory neurons promote osteoarthritis-related joint pain and inflammation, suggesting a new therapeutic target for pain management, according to findings published in Nature Communications.
Northwestern Medicine investigators have discovered novel features of circulating tumor stem cells that can promote chemotherapy evasion and metastasis in triple-negative breast cancer, according to a recent study.
Daniel Arango, PhD, assistant professor of Pharmacology and member of the Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University, is among just 15 scientists named Searle Scholars for 2023. The Searle Scholars Program supports high-risk, high-reward research in the biomedical sciences and chemistry, each scholar receiving an award of $300,000 over three years.
Investigators led by Barbara Stranger, PhD, associate professor of Pharmacology, developed a guide outlining best practices for studying and testing sex-dependent genetic effects in complex traits and diseases, published in the journal Cell.
Five Feinberg faculty members have been inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of American Physicians (AAP), two of the oldest medical honor societies in the U.S.
Northwestern Medicine investigators have identified new genetic variations effecting gene expression in the liver cells of patients of African descent, findings that provide insight into how drugs are metabolized differently in different populations.
Targeting calcium signaling in neurons may represent a promising therapeutic approach for treating a rare form of schizophrenia, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.
Northwestern University professors Luisa Iruela-Arispe, PhD, Murali Prakriya, PhD, Linda A. Teplin, PhD and Teri W. Odom, PhD, have been selected as 2022 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest general scientific society in the world.
Northwestern Medicine investigators have discovered that specific calcium channels help regulate sex differences in the functioning of immune cells for neuroinflammation and overall neuropathic pain.
Scientists have identified new genes linked to heart failure, according to a study published in Nature Communications.
A team of Northwestern investigators led by Peter Penzes, PhD, has developed a new therapy that could treat Phelan-McDermid syndrome, a subtype of autism spectrum disorder.
Daniel Martin Watterson, PhD, the John G. Searle Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and Professor of Pharmacology, has been named a 2022 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
Northwestern Medicine investigators have developed a novel approach for designing and testing new protein folds, which could be used to develop new therapeutics.
Using machine learning, Northwestern scientists have demonstrated that the protein membrane CD81 interacts with CD44 in promoting tumor cell cluster formation and lung metastasis of triple negative breast cancer.
Therapeutically targeting ion channels in nociceptor neurons may be a promising strategy for managing osteoarthritis pain, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.
An immune system kinase promotes tumor inflammation and progression, according to a study published in Nature Communications.
Designed to target AMPAR receptors in the brain, the medication — called perampanel — also modulates kainate receptors.
An enzymatic modifier of messenger RNA has different functions depending on its location, according to a recent study.
A subunit of voltage-gated calcium channels was found to have a functional role in T-cells, according to a study published in Nature Communications.
Higher doses of anti-seizure medications may be necessary during pregnancy, according to a recent study.
Northwestern Medicine scientists discovered functional links between dozens of potassium channel gene variants and neonatal epilepsy.
Sequencing known cardiac arrythmia genes in more than 20,000 people without an indication for genetic testing identified pathogenic variants in nearly one percent of individuals.
A new study has identified naturally occurring nano-sized particles that can block infection from broad strains of SARS-CoV-2 virus in preclinical studies.