• New Gerstner Scholars Highlight Research at American Museum of Natural History
    May 24, 2019

    The annual American Museum of Natural History Gerstner Scholars meeting was held on May 16th, 2019. Mr. Gerstner and Foundation staff received updates on the career progress of past award recipients, and met with the latest cohort of Gerstner Scholars, who presented on their research projects. The Gerstner Scholars Fellowship Program provides support for postdoctoral researchers in the fields of comparative biology, bioinformatics, and computational biology. Recent alumni of the program have gone on to receive tenure-track professorships at Rutgers University, Montclair State University, and the California Institute of Technology, and competitive postdoctoral positions at Duke University, University of Washington, University of California–Davis, and the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris.

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  • New York City’s Spending on Homeless Hits $3.2 Billion in 2019

    According to a report released by Comptroller Scott Stringer, spending on homelessness services in New York City has more than doubled to $3.2 billion from fiscal year 2014 to 2019. The spending boost combined with an increase in the shelter population has raised budgetary concerns for Mr. Stringer’s office, which has placed homeless-services agencies on a spending watch list for the second year in a row. The new report showed that shelter costs have more than doubled to $1.9 billion between fiscal years 2014 and 2019. A spokeswoman, Jane Meyer, for Mayor Bill de Blasio said that after decades of underfunding, the administration has made unprecedented investments to prevent and address homelessness. Evictions are down 37%, meaning fewer people have had to enter shelters, and 115,000 New Yorkers have moved out of shelters or avoided shelter since 2014.

  • Mayo Clinic and Other Experts Call For Increased Focus On Brain Disease Similar to Alzheimer’s

    Through a collaboration with the University of Kentucky and other institutions, Mayo Clinic researchers helped to establish a name for a degenerative brain disease that afflicts the elderly and mimics features of Alzheimer’s disease. The working group describes "limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy," or LATE, as an underrecognized risk for public health and calls for an urgent focus on research to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. LATE has been known to clinicians for about a decade, but a common terminology was lacking. The group recommends that LATE testing be performed as part of routine autopsy evaluation in all older patients. No diagnostic tests are available to identify patients with LATE, though an exciting area of research will be the development of biomarkers for brain imaging, with the goal of revealing the disease early in the patient’s progression.

  • Study Reveals Strongest Links Yet Between Genes And ADHD Risk

    By analyzing the DNA of more than 55,000 people, scientists from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital, and more than 60 additional institutions worldwide have identified 12 regions of the genome that raise the risk of ADHD, providing valuable biological insights. In their publication the researchers note that these variants reveal important insights into the biology behind ADHD risk, and that the many of these variants also influence an individual's risk or likelihood for a variety of psychiatric, metabolic, and behavioral traits. "These findings represent the culmination of over a decade of genome-wide association studies for ADHD, and the willingness of the community of ADHD geneticists to work together and share data to advance our understanding of why people develop ADHD," said Benjamin Neale, an institute member at the Broad Institute and core faculty member at MGH.