• February 5, 2020
    Alzheimer’s-inflammation link studied

    Psychology faculty members part of collaborative research to delay symptoms
    Kevin Park Examining Computer Monitor​Inflammation is the body's natural reaction to infection and is necessary for healing, but when inflammation becomes chronic — due to recurring infections, injuries, or long-term exposure to chemicals or pollution — it can harm a person's health.

    Two Central Michigan University psychology faculty members are studying inflammation's role in the development of Alzheimer's disease. They are working in collaboration with Michigan State University, the lead institution on the research, which is being funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    "We know the inflammation that occurs in the body could be associated with the disease," CMU's Yannick Marchalant said. "We are trying to figure out if the inflammatory processes can influence the progression of Alzheimer's."

  • March 18, 2019
    A dozen making a difference

    Faculty members recognized for outstanding successes in labs and classrooms
    ​A dozen outstanding Central Michigan University faculty will be guests of honor at the 2019 Faculty Excellence Exhibition for their research and teaching. The event at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the Bovee University Center Rotunda recognizes the recipients of the annual President's and Provost's Awards, Faculty Distinguished Service Award, and several Excellence in Teaching Awards. Also being recognized are the external funding recipients from 2017-18. Faculty members from several departments will displaying their research following the formal awards program.

  • February 15, 2019
    Team targets stroke damage

    Doctoral student's virus research leads to new methods to deliver help to the brain
    Sarah Peruzzaro with lab samplesViruses often are bad news. But a Central Michigan University team of students and faculty is advancing evidence that, for stroke patients, a certain virus inserted into the brain can be a good thing. Sarah Peruzzaro, who this year received her doctorate in neuroscience from CMU, found that rodents with stroke brain damage were better able to do tasks after receiving a virus that carries a gene called Sox2.

  • January 29, 2019
    Fighting tumors with spice

    Students help faculty seek best way to deliver anti-inflammatory curcumin to cancer
    Cassandra ThompsonCassandra Thompson's college search strategy wasn't that unusual. Its outcome was. The Portage (Michigan) Northern High School junior was looking at programs in psychology, neuroscience and pre-medicine. She reached out to Central Michigan University's Gary Dunbar, who was head of the neuroscience program in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. He invited her to volunteer at CMU's Field Neurosciences Institute Laboratory for the summer. "I thought that was incredible," she said. "In the summer before my senior year, I actually was able to come to CMU and take part in projects. It was more hands on than I had ever done. I decided right then that I was going to come here and do research."

  • October 8, 2018
    Seeking a cure for Alzheimer's

    Funding backs research model that better mimics changes in the human brain
    Testing samples in a lab​The numbers are startling: 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Every 65 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops the disease. Early diagnosis could save up to $7.9 trillion in medical costs. Central Michigan University's Kevin Park is in the thick of the battle against the disease, boosted recently by a National Institutes of Health grant anticipated to reach $144,000 over two years. The department of psychology faculty member, with the help of his team of graduate and undergraduate students, is developing a new mouse model for testing the disease that will more accurately reflect what happens in humans.

  • October 25, 2017
    Crossing lines for a cause

    Huntington's disease research spans neuroscience, chemistry and more
    Researchers Gary Dunbar (rear right), Julien Rossignol (seated right), Ajit Sharma (rear left) and grad student Bhairavi SrinageBeside a door in Central Michigan University's Health Professions Building is a small whiteboard drawing of Charlie Brown uttering his famous one-word expression. But here, "Rats" isn't about exasperation, it's about hope. For in that laboratory are rodents that could help a team of students and professors find a safe way to decrease the symptoms of Huntington's disease in humans. It's a goal that has sparked an interdisciplinary research effort involving faculty and students in chemistry and biochemistry, psychology, neuroscience, and medicine. In these labs, you'll find doctoral students rubbing shoulders with graduate students and undergrads — and sometimes even local high school students.