B.I.G. News and Highlights:

  • BIG Scientists are Finalists for Breakthrough of the Year

    Neuroscientists found to their surprise that the lymphatic system--the network of vessels that helps clear waste in the body and circulate key immune cells--exists in the brain. The discovery (which some researchers argue is a rediscovery) should stimulate a closer look at links between the immune … [Read More...]

    BIG Identifies Major Genetic Causes of Schizophrenia

    Researchers at the School of Medicine will seek to identify the genetic causes of schizophrenia as part of a major project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to better understand how genetic variation in brain cells affects human health and disease. B.I.G. Researcher Mike … [Read More...]

    Textbook-Altering Link Between Brain, Immune System

    In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. That such vessels could have escaped detection when … [Read More...]

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