“Chaperone” Compounds Offer New Approach to Alzheimer’s Treatment

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A team of researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), Weill Cornell Medical College, and Brandeis University has devised a wholly new approach to the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease involving the so-called retromer protein complex.

Retromer plays a vital role in neurons, steering amyloid precursor protein (APP) away from a region of the cell where APP is cleaved, creating the potentially toxic byproduct amyloid-beta, which is thought to contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s.

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Ebony and Ivy: Slavery's Role at Early U.S. Universities, Including Our Own

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In his latest work MIT historian Craig Steven Wilder (GSAS’89,’93,’94) examines the tarnished relationship between the Atlantic slave trade and the rise of the American college. On April 1 Wilder returned to campus at the invitation of historian Eric Foner and President Lee C. Bollinger to discuss Ebony and Ivy at a University panel in Low Library.

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Ten Faculty Members Receive Guggenheim Fellowships

Several Columbia and Barnard professors, in disciplines ranging from dance to history to writing, were awarded prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships for 2014, based on their distinguished achievement and exceptional future promise.

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