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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: Alison Goate

Alison Goate has been named chair of the department of genetics and genomics sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, effective Jan. 1, 2021.

Goate is the Willard T.C. Johnson research professor of neurogenetics and a professor of genetics and genomic science, neuroscience, and neurology. Her research focuses on genetic risk factors of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia.

She came to Mount Sinai in 2015 as founding director of the Ronald M. Loeb Center for Alzheimer's Disease and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Goate holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.