Cellular process required for vaccine protection identified

Memories don’t just happen in the brain – our immune system also can maintain long-term memory against viruses. That is why vaccinations have been the most widely used strategy to protect against viral infection for centuries. However, the cellular processes that control our immune system’s “memory” have yet to be fully explained. Researchers at Baylor … Continue reading

Houston Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Longitudinal Study Marks 32 years

Houston Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Longitudinal Study Marks 32 years

By Dr. Gail Demmler Harrison, professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and attending physician in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Texas Children’s Hospital 2014 marks the 32nd year I have studied congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV). In 1982, the Houston Congenital CMV Longitudinal Study began looking into the prevalence of congenital CMV infection in Houston and … Continue reading

Key process required to weaken strength of synaptic connections, store memory identified

Key process required to weaken strength of synaptic connections, store memory identified

Synaptic plasticity, the ability of neurons to strengthen or weaken their connections, makes up the cellular basis of learning and memory formation. High neuronal activity strengthens the connection between neurons in a process known as long-term potentiation (LTP). Conversely, low activity decreases the strength of synaptic connection resulting into long-term depression (LTD). Little is known … Continue reading