Novel mechanism involved in memory discovered The role of a histone subunit known as H2A.Z, which could have therapeutic ramifications for conditions including dementia or even post-traumatic stress disorder, is revealed in UAB laboratory research published online this week in Nature.
“Memory improved with the absence of H2A.Z,” said J. David Sweatt, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Neurobiology and director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute. “This gives us an intriguing new target for therapies for conditions involving memory loss or poor memory formation.”
A powerful partnership For more than 50 years, the alliance between UAB and Children’s of Alabama has provided world-class care to the youngest, most vulnerable patients and established Birmingham as a nationally renowned center for pediatric medicine. Now the Board of Trustees of Children’s has pledged $5 million to The Campaign for UAB to support new pediatric initiatives in the School of Medicine. An important first step was the recruitment of Mitchell Cohen, M.D., a national leader in pediatric medicine, as chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UAB.