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This week: Neurodegeneration, electrical disturbances, violence

One asks whether a link exists between mental illness and violence. The answer is complex and doesn't quite fit popular conceptions, says Dr. Ronald Pies, a professor emeritus of psychiatry at Upstate Medical University. Pies discusses his research on this subject and factors that appear to raise the risk of violence. He describes many mass shooters as having "the three R's": rage, resentment and a desire for revenge.

One studies proteins that help provide structure to cells, and the other roles they play in the degeneration of nerve cells. What Jessica Henty-Ridilla's Upstate laboratory learns about these proteins -- actin, tubulin and profilin -- may ultimately help people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Henty-Ridilla is an assistant professor from Upstate's departments of cell and developmental biology, and biochemistry and molecular biology.

And one has devoted his career to studying electrical disturbances in the heart and the brain. David Auerbach, an assistant professor of pharmacology at Upstate, explains his most recent project: looking at a cardiac abnormality known as long QT syndrome.

Listen this Sunday, August 1 at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for more.

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