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Brown's Ford Fellows Attend National Conference

Hawasatu Dumbuya, Paul Guitierrez, and Brandeise Monk-Payton attended the 2015 Conference of Ford Fellows at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, D.C. in late September. Dumbuya, a PhD student in Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, and Paul Gutierrez, a PhD student in Political Science, are two of 60 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellows. Monk-Payton, a PhD candidate in Modern Culture and Media, is one of 33 Dissertation Completion Fellows. 

An accessible approach to making a mini-brain

In a new paper in Tissue Engineering: Part C, Brown University researchers describe a relatively accessible method for making a working – though not thinking – sphere of central nervous system tissue. The advance could provide an inexpensive and easy-to-make 3-D testbed for biomedical research.

Lowering nicotine loosens tobacco’s hold

A team of researchers, including two at Brown University, show that when people smoked cigarettes with less nicotine, they smoked less, felt less craving, and tried to quit more. Results appear in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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