NeuroBreak: New NIA Neuroscience Head

Eliezer Masliah, MD, has been tapped to lead the National Institute on Aging’s division of neuroscience. Most recently, he was head of the University of California San Diego’s Experimental Neuropathology Laboratory, where he investigated synaptic damage in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, multiple system atrophy, and AIDS-related dementia. (NIA press release) Could a grandmother’s habits during pregnancy be the cause of her grandchildren’s autism? (Spectrum News) The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has released an addendum to its guidance document on disease-modifying drugs in multiple sclerosis to include the B-cell drugs ocrelizumab and rituximab for patients with primary progressive MS. It will be open to public comment until Friday, Aug. 12. Early life factors can impact the brain and cognition ability…


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