PrionProteins

Global collaboration uncovers new information about disease-causing proteins

Prions are protein aggregates that can be transmitted between cells and are associated with human diseases including Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and in neurodegeneration as observed in ALS. Despite the important role of prion-like domains in human diseases, much about them remains a mystery. An international team of researchers,  including Rohit Pappu, the Edwin H. Murty Professor […]

Sanofi-Institut Pasteur award

WashU researcher receives Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Award

Scientist honored for role in founding, leading field of gut microbiome research Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, a world-renowned scientist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received the Sanofi-Institut Pasteur International Award. The award recognizes scientists who have made outstanding contributions to biomedical research in fields that profoundly affect global public health. […]

Swollen legs of man with elephantiasis.

Hope in the fight against a devastating disease

Research led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to issue new guidelines for treating lymphatic filariasis – a devastating tropical disease that can cause elephantiasis. An estimated 70 million people worldwide are infected with the disease, which is spread by mosquitoes. It can cause massive […]

Mosquito on hand

Key findings could lead to new treatments for malaria

Sebastian Nasamu, an MD/PhD student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, battled successive bouts of malaria as a child growing up in Ghana. He survived ­– and has committed himself to eradicating the disease. Now Nasamu, Daniel Goldberg, MD, PhD, and colleagues have identified two crucial enzymes in the malarial parasite’s arsenal: […]

Malnutrition and the modern diet

Malnutrition can be traced to poor-quality diets lacking in diversity, a recent phenomenon in evolutionary history, according to a new paper from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. The paper posits that a misalignment of modern diets and the genome has developed over time. They write that ultra-processed foods, particularly oils, flours, […]

Building in Berlin

Understanding mental illness in a post-socialist city

Lauren Cubellis, a PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology in Arts & Sciences, received a 2017-18 DAAD Long-Term Research Grant for Doctoral Dissertation Research and a 2017-18 DAAD Intensive Language Course Grant, Goethe Institute. DAAD is the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst). Cubellis will conduct dissertation fieldwork in Berlin with clinicians and peer specialists […]

Pacifier new to laptop

Moms and work: Perspectives in Europe and the U.S.

European government policies regarding families and work are very different than those of the U.S. WashU sociologist Caitlyn Collins became interested in these differences, and as a graduate student, began interviewing European working moms to learn firsthand how they felt about these policies and what their effects were on family life. What she found was […]

Jason Purnell

Furthering public health at home

For the Sake of All, a Washington University in St. Louis-based initiative to improve health equity for African-Americans in the St. Louis region, has received a $1.1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The grant will support research and development of a “toolkit” for the implementation of programs and strategies to create inclusive, […]

Washington University in St. Louis Forums

The Washington University in St. Louis Forums are designed to showcase top Washington University faculty members and to address global issues in ways that are accessible to a broad audience. Keynote addresses will be given by Dr. Pratim Biswas on energy choices, Dr. William Powderly on the public health consequences of the choices, and Dr. […]

Olympic Village in Beijing

Across the globe, engineering a healthier environment

In summer 2017, a group of aerosol scientists, engineers and administrators from Washington University in St. Louis traveled to Asia to address some of the important problems related to energy, environment and health that we face today. The scientists, members of the Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering — or CASE — took part in […]