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Following trail of cell death in epilepsy patients to find ways to preserve brain health
Date:5/5/2011

tor in mice. That will allow them to follow where the growth factor goes in the brain, what it does, and how it functions in the cell-death process. Once the process is better understood, researchers will test various molecules, already approved by the Federal Drug Administration, in hopes of finding one that blocks the P75 receptors and thereby prevents cell death.

Friedman has worked at the Department of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University, Newark, for nearly a decade. She has been involved in neurobiological research for more than 30 years at several prestigious institutions including Columbia University, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Karolinska Institute in Sweden, and the Rockefeller University in New York. She is a graduate of The Rockefeller University (Ph.D.) and Oberlin College (B.A.).

"I find research on the brain to be one of the most fascinating fields of scientific study," Friedman says. "There's still so much we don't know and need to discover. It's a mystery that is constantly being unraveled bit by bit. The more we know about it, the more potential there is for the development of new therapeutic treatments. That's very exciting."


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Contact: Helen Paxton
paxton@andromeda.rutgers.edu
973-353-5262
Rutgers University
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