Modeling personalized medicine for neurocritical illness (Links to an external site)

Precision medicine, which considers the unique characteristics of individuals to provide the most effective treatment, has been a goal of health care providers for decades. Now, it is a goal for helping those with critical neurological illnesses, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury and spine trauma, to track and predict secondary injury, such as seizures, […]

Amar elected Fellowship Representative for the Graduate Medical Education Committee

Jordan Amar

The Graduate Medical Education Committee has elected Jordan Amar, MD, as its Fellow Representative. He was selected from a pool of about 600 Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis fellows and will serve for the 2022-2023 academic year. Amar is a fellow with the Section of Vascular Neurology. “I am thrilled for the […]

Barnes-Jewish Hospital named to U.S. News & World Report’s prestigious Honor Roll of “Best Hospitals,” ranking 11th in the nation and 1st in Missouri (Links to an external site)

U.S. News and World Report ranks BJC Hospital #11 in nation

(ST. LOUIS – July 26, 2022) – Barnes-Jewish Hospital and its physician partners at Washington University School of Medicine have been named one of America’s “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report. Barnes-Jewish ranked No. 11 in the nation, moving up six spots from its previous position on the publication’s elite honor roll of the country’s […]

Cruchaga named Morriss Professor (Links to an external site)

Carlos Cruchaga, PhD, has been named the Barbara Burton and Reuben M. Morriss III Professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Shown at his installation ceremony are (from left) David H. Perlmutter, MD, executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine; Cruchaga; and Chancellor Andrew D. Martin.

Carlos Cruchaga, PhD, a pioneer in the use of human genomic data to understand and elucidate the biology of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, has been named an inaugural Barbara Burton and Reuben M. Morriss III Professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

How deep sleep keeps our brains intact (Links to an external site)

A patient undergoes a sleep study at the Washington University Sleep Medicine Center.

When you live with dementia, your sleep breaks apart, the nights a strobe-lit blur, the grayed days lost to catnaps. Physicians — and families — have known this for years. But what no one realized, until landmark research at Washington University in 2009 set a series of studies in motion, was that fragmented sleep might […]

New center’s aim: to ID biomarkers of neurodegenerative diseases (Links to an external site)

Nicolas Barthélemy, PhD, an assistant professor of neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, loads a sample into a mass spectrometer. Barthélemy uses mass spectrometry as part of his work at the university’s new Tracy Family SILQ Center for Neurodegenerative Biology. The center was established to help researchers discover, study and validate biomarkers of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, with a goal of identifying new drug targets and creating better diagnostic and prognostic tests.

A new center established at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis aims to accelerate research into biomarkers of neurodegenerative conditions such as Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis (MS) and the so-called tauopathies, a group that includes Alzheimer’s disease along with rarer diseases such as frontotemporal dementia, corticobasal syndrome […]

How St. Louis researchers are seeking ways to combat Alzheimer’s and dementia (Links to an external site)


Alzheimer’s disease starts forming in the brains of unsuspecting individuals about 20 years before traditional telltale signs become noticeable. No cure exists for the progressive, fatal disease, but St. Louis medical researchers are studying tools and potential drugs that can detect and treat Alzheimer’s in its early stages. “The tests are getting better and better,” […]

Neuroscience leaders tour research building construction site (Links to an external site)

Department heads and other leaders at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis recently toured the site where the Neuroscience Research Building is being constructed. The group included (from left) Jin-Moo Lee, MD, PhD, head of the neurology department; Linda Richards, PhD, head of the neuroscience department; David Holtzman, MD, past head of the neurology department; and Gregory Zipfel, MD, head of the neurological surgery department, among others.

Neuroscience leaders and other faculty and staff at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis got an up-close look at the Neuroscience Research Building during a recent tour of the construction site. The framework of all 11 stories has been built, and the process of wrapping the building in glass is underway. On the […]

BrightFocus Foundation Recognizes Leading Alzheimer’s, Vision Researchers at Benefit Showcasing Impact of Science (Links to an external site)

David M. Holtzman, MD received the BrightFocus Scientific Impact Award;Sheila West, PhD, PharmD was awarded the Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research; and Ilyas Washington, PhD received the BrightFocus Bench-to-Bedside Award

(June 6, 2022) Washington, D.C.—BrightFocus Foundation hosted its seventh annual gala, MIND | SIGHT | CURE: An Evening of BrightFocus, on June 9 at the National Portrait Gallery. The awards program honored exemplary scientists working with the foundation and showcased some of the world’s most exciting research to end Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration and glaucoma. Eric McCormack performs […]