Research & Discovery

The young and the useless. Oligodendrocyte progenitor cells like these never mature properly in patients with primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

Sick Stem Cells Point to Better MS Drugs

UConn Health researchers think they know why a particularly aggressive form of multiple sclerosis has so far proved unresponsive to drug treatments. They hope this knowledge will help develop better treatments.

This study built upon earlier research by Dr. Andrew Arnold of UConn, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Scientists Pave Path for Tackling Rare Cancers Without Effective Treatments

Genomic analysis is opening the doors to diseases that could never have been understood through traditional biomedical research because there simply aren’t enough patients to observe.

Illustration of an X-ray view of a human colon with tumor. (Getty Images)

Colonoscopy Just the Start in Preventing Colorectal Cancer

Research at UConn Health has uncovered predictors of the development of polyps that can lead to colorectal cancer.

A black bear eats paper torn out of a residential garbage bag in summertime. (AwakenedEye via Getty Images)

Where the Bears Are

A new UConn study shows that Connecticut bears – and likely bears throughout the more heavily populated Northeast – are different than those in other parts of the nation.

A senior patient begins to walk a hospital hallway with help from a nurse. (Getty Images)

UConn Pilots New Measure of How Fast You Walk

A sudden slowdown in gait speed signals a senior's health is in decline.

Undergraduate Hannah Casey spent summer 2016 doing environmental science research in Long Island Sound. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

UConn Partners with Mystic Aquarium on Undergraduate Research

The two institutions will establish a Research Experience for Undergraduates site to encourage students from underrepresented groups to pursue careers in marine sciences or other STEM fields.

The photo shows a replica of Thoreau’s best-known boat, Musketaquid, named for the Algonquian word for 'grassy plain,' used to describe the area that became the town of Concord. (Photo by Juliet Wheeler)

Thoreau: Out of the Woods and Onto the River

UConn professor Robert Thorson says Henry David Thoreau, best known for writing about life in the woods, was also a boatman and scientific expert.

With UConn Health poised to open a new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in April, the head of the neurology department discusses this common seizure condition. These MRI scans show a brain tumor and associated swelling that triggered a patient’s seizures. (UConn Health Image)

I’ve Heard of it, But What Exactly is Epilepsy?

With UConn Health poised to open a new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in April, the head of the neurology department discusses this common seizure condition.

Amanda Bunce, a master's degree student in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, climbs a 30-foot ladder in order to affix a monitoring device to a red oak. (Sheila Foran/UConn Photo)

On the Research Landscape, Private Funding Grows

Fiscal 2016 was a record year for the UConn Foundation’s fundraising for research, with the total more than double that of the previous record year.

An overweight woman buying fruit at a grocery store. (UConn Rudd Center Photo)

Weight-Based Stigma an Obstacle to Sustaining Weight Loss

A new study from the UConn Rudd Center suggests that internalized negative weight-based attitudes in particular undermine personal efforts to sustain weight loss.