Put tissue paper in the cage of run-of-the-mill mice, and they naturally put their minds to building a nest. But Alzheimer’s disease robs this inclination from the animals, and mice engineered to mimic early-stage Alzheimer’s disease show no such nesting inclinations when they encounter tissue paper.
Just before his fourth-year clinical rotations one day, medical student Geoffrey Yang took a quick minute to check his email. Sitting in his inbox was a note from one of his professors. In this digital age, Yang regularly receives messages from faculty members. This one, however, stood out. It was a forward from his research mentor, Jeremy Bordeaux, MD, sharing the news that their paper on risk assessment of cutaneous melanoma after a previous cancer was accepted for publication in the December 2011 issue of Archives of Dermatology.
Two Saturday mornings a month, dozens of people with a variety of health issues come to the Student-Run Free Clinic offered by Case Western Reserve University.
“People start lining up before we’re open,” said Maggie Mooney, a nursing school graduate student and co-clinical coordinator.