Andrew Mendiola – Awarded K99

Andrew Mendiola, received a K99 award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for his project “Epigenomic regulation of oxidative stress-producing innate immunity in neuroinflammation.”

The purpose of the NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) program is to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers with a research and/or clinical doctorate degree from mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions. The program will provide independent NIH research support during this transition in order to help awardees to launch competitive, independent research careers.

Katerina Akassoglou: ABC 7 Interview (COVID-19)

Gladstone Institutes Senior investigator, Professor Katerina Akassoglou explains how this damage could be happening. (Full Article)

“Even patients who are asymptomatic or they have very mild infection symptoms can still develop neurological symptoms,” said Katerina Akassoglou, PhD, UCSF Prof. at Dept. Neurology & Senior Investigator t the Gladstone Institutes.

Reshmi Tognatta – Awarded AARF Fellowship

Reshmi Tognatta,PhD, has been awarded the AARF for her project “Oligodendroglial-
Vascular Interactions in Alzheimer’s Disease.”

The Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellowship award is intended to support exceptional researchers who are engaged in their post-graduate work (i.e. postdoctoral fellows) and before they have their first independent faculty positions (i.e. Assistant Professor) and working in diverse areas of research, including basic, translational, clinical, functional and social-behavioral research. Investigators doing clinically-focused research without clinical practice are encouraged to apply to this AARF program.

Katerina Akassoglou elected lifetime AAAS Fellow

Katerina Akassoglou, PhD, has been elected into the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a lifetime distinction by the world’s largest general scientific society.

“I’m grateful to my lab members and collaborators for their immeasurable contributions to these studies over the past 20 years. Election to AAAS further encourages us to follow our curiosity about how brain diseases start and progress and we look forward to new discoveries contributing to the advancement of science.”

Katerina Akassoglou Elected to National Academy of Inventors

Katerina Akassoglou, PhD, senior investigator at Gladstone Institutes, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Election to NAI is the highest professional distinction given solely to academic inventors.

“Election to the NAI further encourages us to pursue challenging problems in biology and medicine to develop urgently needed treatments for devastating human diseases.”

Meet the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business class of 2021

Dr. Katerina Akassoglou, named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business. To view the full article, click here.

Way Seen to Counter Blood-clotting Molecule That Blocks Myelin Repair

Study by the Akassoglou Lab showed that blocking a particular receptor protein of the BMP signaling pathway, effectively promoted the maturation of myelin-producing cells and myelin repair. To read the full article, click here.


New Line of Drugs Could Help Promote Brain Repair in Multiple Sclerosis

Members of Akassoglou Lab working on a new study for new line of drugs to potentially stimulate myelin repair in the presence of toxic blood leaks in the brain. To view the full article, click here. 

Brain Selected Our Image For The August 2021 Volume

Illustration by Ella Marushchenko

The Akassoglou Lab showed toxic blood leaks in the brain inhibiting remyelination with implications for the development of therapeutic strategies for neuro-repair in multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases with blood-brain barrier disruption and myelin damage. From Petersen et al. BMP receptor blockade overcomes extrinsic inhibition of remyelination and restores neurovascular homeostasis. Pp. 2291-2301.

Overcoming obstacles to promote repair in multiple sclerosis

Scientists at Akassoglou Lab identifying toxic elements that inhibit repair of damaged myelin and producing studies to find new treatments. To view full article click here.