Anne Houdusse Wins Women in Science Award for 2009

The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) announced Anne Houdusse, head of the Structural Motility Team, CNRS/Institute Curie, Paris, France, as the winner of the FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award for 2009. The selection committee honoured Anne Houdusse’s outstanding contributions to the field of structural biology and the understanding of the molecular mechanism of action of myosins.

The FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award, now in its second year, recognizes and rewards the exceptional achievements of a female scientist in life sciences research over the previous five years.

Public Lecture at AMNH on the Evolution of the Human Brain

79th James Arthur Lecture on the Evolution of the Human Brain
Evolutionary Depth of Human Brain Language Areas:
Roles of Common Ancestors and Major Adaptive Shifts

  • Monday, March 23
  • 6 pm
  • American Museum of Natural History,  79 St. at Central Park West
  • Kaufmann Theater, first floor
  • Free admission (no reservations required)


Patrick Gannon, Professor of Touro University College of Medicine, New Jersey, draws on his neurobiology research to discuss the evolution of human brain language areas—from their origins over 30 million years ago to their development in our common ancestors, which helped to set the stage for an adaptive shift to “language”.

Brain Protein netrin-1 New Clue to Alzheimers

A study from the Buck Institute for Age Research offers a revolutionary new model for Alzheimer’s disease. They have discovered a naturally occurring protein that provides a new therapeutic target, and suggests that Alzheimers is  a disorder involving an imbalance in signaling between neurons.  Read the complete report of research in Cell Death and Differentiation.