On the 15th anniversary of the founding of NHGRI’s Social and Behavioral Research Branch, one of SBRB’s first postdoctoral fellows—Dr. Saskia Sanderson, who arrived in 2007—returned to a kind of hero’s welcome recently when she explored the psychological impact of learning one’s personal genetic information during a talk in Lipsett Amphitheater.
As surprising as it may be, given the size and complexity of the system, health care in the U.S. military has been a true innovator over the past decade in caring for chronic pain and the health problems often associated with it—such as trauma, mood disorders, substance use disorders and sleep problems.
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Synapse illustration. In the nervous system, a synapse is a structure that permits a neuron (nerve cell) to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another neuron. Alzheimer’s disease disrupts communication among neurons, resulting in loss of function and cell death.