Longitudinal study finds link between whole blood microRNAs and stroke

Outline of human profile and brain

Joel Salinas, MD, is an author on a study that, using data from the Framingham Heart Study, revealed that a particular whole blood microRNA (miR-574-3p) expression was significantly lower in participants with chronic stroke, signaling the need for further research aimed at developing better diagnostic and treatment options for cerebrovascular disease.

Launch event for book release by MD who feels patients’ pain

Mirror Touch, a book by Harvard Pop Center faculty member Joel Salinas, MD, about his experiences as a neurologist who has mirror-touch synesthesia—a neurological trait that gives him heightened empathic abilities—will be released on April 18. A launch event for the book will take place at the Harvard Coop on Friday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. which is free and open to the public. Dr. Salinas will be giving a reading and signing books.

Possible molecular link to stroke and dementia may be associated with level of social support

Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, and faculty member Joel Salinas, MD, are among the authors on a paper published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions that reveals that those with more social support were found to have higher serum levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is linked to reduced risk of dementia and stroke in certain subsets.