10/3/2013 – $17 million in NIH support earned by eight researchers

Eight Stanford University scientists have received more than $17 million from the National Institutes of Health that will enable them to pursue innovative research in biomedicine.

Among the recipients are Center on Longevity deputy director Thomas Rando, MD, and Center on Longevity faculty affiliate Tony Wyss-Coray.

Read more at Stanford School of Medicine.

6/27/2013 – Scientists discern signatures of old versus young stem cells

In a study published June 27 in Cell Reports, a team led by Thomas Rando, MD, PhD, professor of neurology and neurological sciences, chief of the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System’s neurology service and Deputy Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, has identified characteristic differences in “histone signatures” between stem cells from the muscles of young mice and old mice. The team also distinguished histone-signature differences between quiescent and active stem cells in the muscles of young mice.

Read the full article at Stanford School of Medicine.

5/13/2013 – Med School study develops models to further muscular dystrophy research

Researchers in the School of Medicine recently published a study detailing the development of mouse models that use luciferase, the gene that makes fireflies glow, to follow the progression of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy through noninvasive imaging of the luminescent decaying muscle cells.

The researchers, who worked in the lab of Professor of Neurology and Neurological Science and Center on Longevity deputy director Thomas Rando, began developing the mouse model in 2008. The study was co-authored by Rando, clinical assistant professor Leland Lim, research associate Katie Maguire and Sedona Speedy, an undergraduate student at Northwestern University.

Read the full article at The Stanford Daily.