LabBook May 3, 2013


Welcome to LabBook, our weekly roundup of University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences research news from around campus and the internet. Each Friday, LabBook will recap the week on the blog, with links to news stories about our faculty and their research.


  • This week marked the one-year anniversary of Derrick Rose’s ACL injury, so on Monday we took a look back at our interview with orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Martin Leland about what exactly happens when an athlete tears his ACL. Had we known at the time, we might not be surprised that D-Rose isn’t back yet.
  • Birds (and humans for that matter) preen and show off to attract mates, but many species keep up with these elaborate displays even after pairing with another bird. On Tuesday we spoke to biologist Trevor Price about how these mutual displays evolved.
  • On Wednesday we linked to a piece from the Computation Institute on their Day of the Beagle symposium to celebrate the amazing biomedical research being done on the Beagle supercomputer at the University of Chicago.
  • Yesterday we brought you the story of Zane Smith, a rambunctious 4-year-old with a brain condition called cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM) who traveled from England to see Dr. Issam Awad. Awad is one of the world’s leading experts on CCM, and his clinic has become a global hub of knowledge for treatment and research on the disease.
  • Finally, yesterday we also wrote about a study by professor of psychology and psychiatry Jean Decety that took MRI scans of people with psychopathic symptoms and showed that they have a deficient neural response to images of others in distress or pain. The study, covered by the Huffington Post, NBC News and Medscape, helps further the understanding of the neural basis for psychopathic behavior.

That’s it for this week. If you’re out in Chicago make sure you pack about three different jackets, because at this point there’s no telling what the weather will be like. Have a great weekend.

About Matt Wood (531 Articles)
Matt Wood is a senior science writer and manager of communications at the University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences Division.
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