“Single-cell optical detection of T3 availability”
Randy Stout, PhD, Assistant Professor, Old Westbury, NY, United States
Thyroid Hormone Development and the Brain
Dr. Stout’s research focuses on learning how thyroid hormone is moved between cells in the brain in order to support neural cell function and allow healthy cognition and memory storage/recall.
Randy F. Stout is an assistant professor leading a research laboratory at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York. NYITCOM is a medical school that trains physicians for all specialties and family practice in the US. Dr. Stout holds a PhD in Neurobiology from the University of Alabama, Birmingham and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Cornell University. His scientific training and current research are on how brain cells interact and distribute chemical substrates through neural tissue to support healthy brain function. Specifically, his current research and past publications are focused on astrocytes and the gap junction that are required to connect astrocytes into a network that is critical for proper neuron function (cognition, learning, memory, and behavior). Dr. Stout has developed and published several genetic tools and techniques for microscopy-based research (optogenetic transgene tools) to understand how chemicals are processed and moved between the cells that form brain tissue. The brain handles thyroid hormone differently than other tissues and Dr. Stout has been researching the role for astrocytes in controlling thyroid hormone supply to neural cells since he started his own lab at NYITCOM in 2017. He has recently overseen NYITCOM’s acquisition of the most advanced microscopy systems currently available and he is eager to put the new equipment to use for a better understanding of how we can improve therapeutic delivery of thyroid hormone at the levels needed by the brain and other organs affected by hypothyroid disease.
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