An NIH competitive renewal has been awarded to Tom Reh entitled “Stimulation of Retinal Regeneration”. The project aims to better understand, and potentially overcome, the barriers to regeneration in the mammalian retina.
Dr. Wenqing Xu received a new NIH R01 grant to work on molecular 3D structures of a new class of transmembrane enzymes, which may contribute to development of novel antibiotics and anti-cancer drugs.
It is titled "A zebrafish and mouse model for selective pruritus via direct activation of TRPA1"
Itch is an unpleasant cutaneous sensation that elicits a desire to scratch. However, little is known about the origins of this sensation in vertebrates. In a study published in the journal eLife, Esancy et al show that zebrafish are capable of itch sensation and uncover a rudimentary itch coding strategy that is conserved in mice, suggesting a mechanism by which this sensation may have arisen from a population of neurons that originally conveyed pain sensation. Click here to see the article: https://elifesciences.org/articles/32036