September 05, 2017
The largest study of its kind has found damage in the vast majority of former football players’ brains donated for research after they developed mental symptoms during life. Of 202 former players of the U.S. version of the game whose brains were examined, 87% showed the diagnostic signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive head trauma. Among former National Football League (NFL) players in the sample, that number jumped to 99%. The findings will likely ratchet up the pressure on leaders at all levels of football to protect their players. Still, the authors and other experts caution against overinterpreting the results, because the brains all came from symptomatic former players and not from those who remained free of mental problems.
September 05, 2017
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) toured our Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, including the neuropathology core that is run by Dr. Keene. This article nicely highlights the service that the neuropathology core provides as part of our flagship Alzheimers Disease Research Center.
Join us in honoring George Martin and Dennis Reichenbach’s deep and lasting commitment to research, education, and the development of new leaders for the discipline of pathology. No depiction of the strength of our department would be complete without noting the impact Dennis and George have had on generations of graduate students, post-doctoral students, and junior faculty. By supporting the George Martin-Dennis Reichenbach Endowment, you are not only honoring the amazing impact of two exceptional scientists, you are enabling early career pathologists to pursue their research interests that fall outside of the traditional focus areas of federal funding programs. In the spirit of the indelible impact Drs. Martin and Reichenbach continue to have on our field, this endowment’s purpose is to foster innovative research and better inform our fight against disease.
July 05, 2017
A versatile light-sheet microscope developed by a team of University of Washington mechanical engineers, including Adam Glaser and Jonathan Liu, and UW Medicine pathologists, Nicholas Reder and Larry True, can provide surgeons with real-time pathology data to guide cancer-removal surgeries and can also non-destructively examine tumor biopsies in 3D. It can rapidly and non-destructively image the margins of large fresh tissue specimens with the same level of detail as traditional pathology — in no more than 30 minutes.
Read the full story on UW Today.
July 05, 2017 in Research
On June 30, 2017, Professor Emeritus Dr. George Martin turned 90 years old. Several generations of Dr. Martin's colleagues in the UW Department of Pathology gathered to hear remarks, mingle, and celebrate Martin's work and legacy of scientific accomplishment, generosity, and collegiality.
Read the full story on the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center website.
June 29, 2017 in Research
Dr. Jia Zhu's unexpected discovery in a herpes lab might bring relief to cancer patients.
June 29, 2017 in Research
Dr. Raj Bharadwaj and his mentor Dr. Leo Pallanck received the Weil Award this year for Best Paper on Experimental Neuropathology from the American Association of Neuropathologists for their work on a new Drosophila model of Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation (NBIA). This is a major national award not limited to trainees awarded for Raj's work in the research year of his neuropathology fellowship. The new Drosophila model of NBIA – a familial disease with clinical and pathologic similarities to Parkinson’s disease- is anticipated to help better understand the pathogenesis of Parkinsonism, with the ultimate goal of finding novel therapeutic approaches for these devastating diseases.
May 18, 2017 in Research
King 5 has published an article on brain donations and the benefits they provide to medical institutions. Dr. Keene was interviewed on the importance of brain donations in general and their potential to improve treatment and prevention of traumatic brain injuries.
More can be found on King 5's website, "Donated Brains a 'Tremendous Gift' to Science, UW Medicine Says".
March 30, 2017 in Research
March 21, 2017 in Research
TIME has published an article featuring the Kaeberlein Lab's work on the Dog Aging Project, a trial which is studying the effects of rapamycin therapy in dogs. The drug is being tested for the potential of increasing the length and quality of life in aging canines.
You can read the article on TIME's website, "Is There Anything That Can Help My Dog Live Longer Too?".