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SuperAger brains contain ‘super neurons’

September 30, 2022
Neurons in an area of the brain responsible for memory (known as the entorhinal cortex) were significantly larger in SuperAgers compared to cognitively average peers, individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and even individuals 20 to 30 years younger than SuperAgers — who are aged 80 years and older, reports a new study.
Ryan Research Acceleration Fund

New $35 million fund will accelerate the impact on society of Northwestern’s nearly $1 billion in annual research

September 26, 2022
A new fund will provide seed grants to Northwestern University faculty to speed up the commercialization of innovative and high-potential research in the life sciences. The Pat & Shirley Ryan Family Research Acceleration Fund will advance translational research discoveries in both engineering and medicine with the potential to have a meaningful and immediate impact on society.
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New global primary care center to foster health care equity in the developing world

September 21, 2022
A gift from the Patrick G. ’59, ’09 H (’97, ’00 P) and Shirley W. Ryan ’61, ’19 H (’97, ’00 P) Family will endow the Ryan Family Center for Global Primary Care within Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Robert J. Havey, MD Institute for Global Health, whose mission is to improve health for a better world. 

Grant will help support underrepresented faculty recruitment and equity

September 20, 2022
A transformative grant awarded to Northwestern totaling $16 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) aims to disrupt systemic barriers that impede the full participation of underrepresented groups by funding the cluster hiring of new faculty in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular, and brain and behavioral sciences.
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Ryan Family gift for applied economics honors Northwestern President Emeritus Morton Schapiro

September 16, 2022 – from Northwestern Now
A gift from the Patrick G. ’59, ’09 H and Shirley W. Ryan ’61, ’19 H (’97, ’00 P) Family will establish the Morton Schapiro Center for Applied Economics at Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. The gift honors Morton Schapiro, one of the nation’s leading higher education economists, who became Northwestern’s president emeritus in September after 13 years leading the University.
WPATH guidelines

Age restriction lifted for gender-affirming surgery in new international guidelines

September 16, 2022
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) today announced its updated Standards of Care and Ethical Guidelines for health professionals. Among the updates is a new suggestion to lift the age restriction for youth seeking gender-affirming surgical treatment, in comparison to previous suggestion of surgery at 17 or older.