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Blanca Elena Himes, Ph.D.

TitleAssistant Professor of Medicine
InstitutionBrigham and Women's Hospital
DepartmentMedicine
AddressBrigham and Women's Hospital
Channing Division of Network Medicine
181 Longwood Ave
Boston MA 02115
Phone617/525-2291

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Available: 09/02/13, Expires: 08/29/14

Asthma, the most common chronic disease of children and young adults, is a complex disease that is caused by various genetic and environmental factors. Our goal is to gain a better understanding of this disease by integrating various genome-scale datasets, including RNA-Seq and gene association study results. Phenotypes that are being studied include some related to asthma treatment (e.g., bronchodilator response), and others related disease pathophysiology (e.g., airway hyperresponsiveness). Student projects involve using R and other programming languages to integrate the results of various past and current genome-scale studies to identify genes and/or gene variants involved in asthma.


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  1. Wu AC, Himes BE, Lasky-Su J, Litonjua A, Peters SP, Lima J, Kubo M, Tamari M, Nakamura Y, Qiu W, Weiss ST, Tantisira K. Inhaled corticosteroid treatment modulates ZNF432 gene variant's effect on bronchodilator response in asthmatics. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013 Nov 23.
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  2. Himes BE, Qiu W, Klanderman B, Ziniti J, Senter-Sylvia J, Szefler SJ, Lemanske RF, Zeiger RS, Strunk RC, Martinez FD, Boushey H, Chinchilli VM, Israel E, Mauger D, Koppelman GH, Nieuwenhuis MA, Postma DS, Vonk JM, Rafaels N, Hansel NN, Barnes K, Raby B, Tantisira KG, Weiss ST. ITGB5 and AGFG1 variants are associated with severity of airway responsiveness. BMC Med Genet. 2013; 14:86.
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  3. McGeachie MJ, Stahl EA, Himes BE, Pendergrass SA, Lima JJ, Irvin CG, Peters SP, Ritchie MD, Plenge RM, Tantisira KG. Polygenic heritability estimates in pharmacogenetics: focus on asthma and related phenotypes. Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2013 Jun; 23(6):324-8.
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  4. Duan QL, Lasky-Su J, Himes BE, Qiu W, Litonjua AA, Damask A, Lazarus R, Klanderman B, Irvin CG, Peters SP, Hanrahan JP, Lima JJ, Martinez FD, Mauger D, Chinchilli VM, Soto-Quiros M, Avila L, Celedón JC, Lange C, Weiss ST, Tantisira KG. A genome-wide association study of bronchodilator response in asthmatics. Pharmacogenomics J. 2014 Feb; 14(1):41-7.
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  5. Himes BE, Sheppard K, Berndt A, Leme AS, Myers RA, Gignoux CR, Levin AM, Gauderman WJ, Yang JJ, Mathias RA, Romieu I, Torgerson DG, Roth LA, Huntsman S, Eng C, Klanderman B, Ziniti J, Senter-Sylvia J, Szefler SJ, Lemanske RF, Zeiger RS, Strunk RC, Martinez FD, Boushey H, Chinchilli VM, Israel E, Mauger D, Koppelman GH, Postma DS, Nieuwenhuis MA, Vonk JM, Lima JJ, Irvin CG, Peters SP, Kubo M, Tamari M, Nakamura Y, Litonjua AA, Tantisira KG, Raby BA, Bleecker ER, Meyers DA, London SJ, Barnes KC, Gilliland FD, Williams LK, Burchard EG, Nicolae DL, Ober C, Demeo DL, Silverman EK, Paigen B, Churchill G, Shapiro SD, Weiss ST. Integration of Mouse and Human Genome-Wide Association Data Identifies KCNIP4 as an Asthma Gene. PLoS One. 2013; 8(2):e56179.
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  6. Lasky-Su J, Himes BE, Raby BA, Klanderman BJ, Sylvia JS, Lange C, Melen E, Martinez FD, Israel E, Gauderman J, Gilliland F, Sleiman P, Hakonarson H, Celedón JC, Soto-Quiros M, Avila L, Lima JJ, Irvin CG, Peters SP, Boushey H, Chinchilli VM, Mauger D, Tantisira K, Weiss ST. HLA-DQ strikes again: Genome-wide association study further confirms HLA-DQ in the diagnosis of asthma among adults. Clin Exp Allergy. 2012 Dec; 42(12):1724-33.
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  7. Levin AM, Mathias RA, Huang L, Roth LA, Daley D, Myers RA, Himes BE, Romieu I, Yang M, Eng C, Park JE, Zoratti K, Gignoux CR, Torgerson DG, Galanter JM, Huntsman S, Nguyen EA, Becker AB, Chan-Yeung M, Kozyrskyj AL, Kwok PY, Gilliland FD, Gauderman WJ, Bleecker ER, Raby BA, Meyers DA, London SJ, Martinez FD, Weiss ST, Burchard EG, Nicolae DL, Ober C, Barnes KC, Williams LK. A meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies for serum total IgE in diverse study populations. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013 Apr; 131(4):1176-84.
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  8. Myers RA, Himes BE, Gignoux CR, Yang JJ, Gauderman WJ, Rebordosa C, Xie J, Torgerson DG, Levin AM, Baurley J, Graves PE, Mathias RA, Romieu I, Roth LA, Conti D, Avila L, Eng C, Vora H, Lenoir MA, Soto-Quiros M, Liu J, Celedón JC, Farber HJ, Kumar R, Avila PC, Meade K, Serebrisky D, Thyne S, Rodriguez-Cintron W, Rodriguez-Santana JR, Borrell LN, Lemanske RF, Bleecker ER, Meyers DA, London SJ, Barnes KC, Raby BA, Martinez FD, Gilliland FD, Williams LK, Burchard EG, Weiss ST, Nicolae DL, Ober C. Further replication studies of the EVE Consortium meta-analysis identifies 2 asthma risk loci in European Americans. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012 Dec; 130(6):1294-301.
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  9. Himes BE, Jiang X, Hu R, Wu AC, Lasky-Su JA, Klanderman BJ, Ziniti J, Senter-Sylvia J, Lima JJ, Irvin CG, Peters SP, Meyers DA, Bleecker ER, Kubo M, Tamari M, Nakamura Y, Szefler SJ, Lemanske RF, Zeiger RS, Strunk RC, Martinez FD, Hanrahan JP, Koppelman GH, Postma DS, Nieuwenhuis MA, Vonk JM, Panettieri RA, Markezich A, Israel E, Carey VJ, Tantisira KG, Litonjua AA, Lu Q, Weiss ST. Genome-wide association analysis in asthma subjects identifies SPATS2L as a novel bronchodilator response gene. PLoS Genet. 2012 Jul; 8(7):e1002824.
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  10. Forno E, Lasky-Su J, Himes B, Howrylak J, Ramsey C, Brehm J, Klanderman B, Ziniti J, Melén E, Pershagen G, Wickman M, Martinez F, Mauger D, Sorkness C, Tantisira K, Raby BA, Weiss ST, Celedón JC. Genome-wide association study of the age of onset of childhood asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012 Jul; 130(1):83-90.e4.
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  11. Xu JF, Washko GR, Nakahira K, Hatabu H, Patel AS, Fernandez IE, Nishino M, Okajima Y, Yamashiro T, Ross JC, Estépar RS, Diaz AA, Li HP, Qu JM, Himes BE, Come CE, D'Aco K, Martinez FJ, Han MK, Lynch DA, Crapo JD, Morse D, Ryter SW, Silverman EK, Rosas IO, Choi AM, Hunninghake GM. Statins and pulmonary fibrosis: the potential role of NLRP3 inflammasome activation. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2012 Mar 1; 185(5):547-56.
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  12. Sharma S, Poon A, Himes BE, Lasky-Su J, Sordillo JE, Belanger K, Milton DK, Bracken MB, Triche EW, Leaderer BP, Gold DR, Litonjua AA. Association of variants in innate immune genes with asthma and eczema. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2012 Jun; 23(4):315-23.
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  13. Cho MH, Castaldi PJ, Wan ES, Siedlinski M, Hersh CP, Demeo DL, Himes BE, Sylvia JS, Klanderman BJ, Ziniti JP, Lange C, Litonjua AA, Sparrow D, Regan EA, Make BJ, Hokanson JE, Murray T, Hetmanski JB, Pillai SG, Kong X, Anderson WH, Tal-Singer R, Lomas DA, Coxson HO, Edwards LD, MacNee W, Vestbo J, Yates JC, Agusti A, Calverley PM, Celli B, Crim C, Rennard S, Wouters E, Bakke P, Gulsvik A, Crapo JD, Beaty TH, Silverman EK. A genome-wide association study of COPD identifies a susceptibility locus on chromosome 19q13. Hum Mol Genet. 2012 Feb 15; 21(4):947-57.
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  14. Granada M, Wilk JB, Tuzova M, Strachan DP, Weidinger S, Albrecht E, Gieger C, Heinrich J, Himes BE, Hunninghake GM, Celedón JC, Weiss ST, Cruikshank WW, Farrer LA, Center DM, O'Connor GT. A genome-wide association study of plasma total IgE concentrations in the Framingham Heart Study. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012 Mar; 129(3):840-845.e21.
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  15. Tantisira KG, Lasky-Su J, Harada M, Murphy A, Litonjua AA, Himes BE, Lange C, Lazarus R, Sylvia J, Klanderman B, Duan QL, Qiu W, Hirota T, Martinez FD, Mauger D, Sorkness C, Szefler S, Lazarus SC, Lemanske RF, Peters SP, Lima JJ, Nakamura Y, Tamari M, Weiss ST. Genomewide association between GLCCI1 and response to glucocorticoid therapy in asthma. N Engl J Med. 2011 Sep 29; 365(13):1173-83.
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  16. Brehm JM, Hagiwara K, Tesfaigzi Y, Bruse S, Mariani TJ, Bhattacharya S, Boutaoui N, Ziniti JP, Soto-Quiros ME, Avila L, Cho MH, Himes B, Litonjua AA, Jacobson F, Bakke P, Gulsvik A, Anderson WH, Lomas DA, Forno E, Datta S, Silverman EK, Celedón JC. Identification of FGF7 as a novel susceptibility locus for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Thorax. 2011 Dec; 66(12):1085-90.
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  17. Hirota T, Takahashi A, Kubo M, Tsunoda T, Tomita K, Doi S, Fujita K, Miyatake A, Enomoto T, Miyagawa T, Adachi M, Tanaka H, Niimi A, Matsumoto H, Ito I, Masuko H, Sakamoto T, Hizawa N, Taniguchi M, Lima JJ, Irvin CG, Peters SP, Himes BE, Litonjua AA, Tantisira KG, Weiss ST, Kamatani N, Nakamura Y, Tamari M. Genome-wide association study identifies three new susceptibility loci for adult asthma in the Japanese population. Nat Genet. 2011 Sep; 43(9):893-6.
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  18. Torgerson DG, Ampleford EJ, Chiu GY, Gauderman WJ, Gignoux CR, Graves PE, Himes BE, Levin AM, Mathias RA, Hancock DB, Baurley JW, Eng C, Stern DA, Celedón JC, Rafaels N, Capurso D, Conti DV, Roth LA, Soto-Quiros M, Togias A, Li X, Myers RA, Romieu I, Van Den Berg DJ, Hu D, Hansel NN, Hernandez RD, Israel E, Salam MT, Galanter J, Avila PC, Avila L, Rodriquez-Santana JR, Chapela R, Rodriguez-Cintron W, Diette GB, Adkinson NF, Abel RA, Ross KD, Shi M, Faruque MU, Dunston GM, Watson HR, Mantese VJ, Ezurum SC, Liang L, Ruczinski I, Ford JG, Huntsman S, Chung KF, Vora H, Li X, Calhoun WJ, Castro M, Sienra-Monge JJ, del Rio-Navarro B, Deichmann KA, Heinzmann A, Wenzel SE, Busse WW, Gern JE, Lemanske RF, Beaty TH, Bleecker ER, Raby BA, Meyers DA, London SJ, Gilliland FD, Burchard EG, Martinez FD, Weiss ST, Williams LK, Barnes KC, Ober C, Nicolae DL. Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies of asthma in ethnically diverse North American populations. Nat Genet. 2011 Sep; 43(9):887-92.
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  19. Xu M, Tantisira KG, Wu A, Litonjua AA, Chu JH, Himes BE, Damask A, Weiss ST. Genome Wide Association Study to predict severe asthma exacerbations in children using random forests classifiers. BMC Med Genet. 2011; 12:90.
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  20. Hunninghake GM, Chu JH, Sharma SS, Cho MH, Himes BE, Rogers AJ, Murphy A, Carey VJ, Raby BA. The CD4+ T-cell transcriptome and serum IgE in asthma: IL17RB and the role of sex. BMC Pulm Med. 2011; 11:17.
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  21. Himes BE, Klanderman B, Ziniti J, Senter-Sylvia J, Soto-Quiros ME, Avila L, Celedón JC, Lange C, Mariani TJ, Lasky-Su J, Hersh CP, Raby BA, Silverman EK, Weiss ST, Demeo DL. Association of SERPINE2 with asthma. Chest. 2011 Sep; 140(3):667-74.
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  22. Lange NE, Zhou X, Lasky-Su J, Himes BE, Lazarus R, Soto-Quirós M, Avila L, Celedón JC, Hawrylowicz CM, Raby BA, Litonjua AA. Comprehensive genetic assessment of a functional TLR9 promoter polymorphism: no replicable association with asthma or asthma-related phenotypes. BMC Med Genet. 2011; 12:26.
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  23. Sharma S, Murphy A, Howrylak J, Himes B, Cho MH, Chu JH, Hunninghake GM, Fuhlbrigge A, Klanderman B, Ziniti J, Senter-Sylvia J, Liu A, Szefler SJ, Strunk R, Castro M, Hansel NN, Diette GB, Vonakis BM, Adkinson NF, Carey VJ, Raby BA. The impact of self-identified race on epidemiologic studies of gene expression. Genet Epidemiol. 2011 Feb; 35(2):93-101.
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  24. Himes BE, Klanderman B, Kohane IS, Weiss ST. Assessing the reproducibility of asthma genome-wide association studies in a general clinical population. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Apr; 127(4):1067-9.
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  25. Hunninghake GM, Soto-Quirós ME, Avila L, Kim HP, Lasky-Su J, Rafaels N, Ruczinski I, Beaty TH, Mathias RA, Barnes KC, Wilk JB, O'Connor GT, Gauderman WJ, Vora H, Baurley JW, Gilliland F, Liang C, Sylvia JS, Klanderman BJ, Sharma SS, Himes BE, Bossley CJ, Israel E, Raby BA, Bush A, Choi AM, Weiss ST, Celedón JC. TSLP polymorphisms are associated with asthma in a sex-specific fashion. Allergy. 2010 Dec; 65(12):1566-75.
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  26. DeWan AT, Triche EW, Xu X, Hsu LI, Zhao C, Belanger K, Hellenbrand K, Willis-Owen SA, Moffatt M, Cookson WO, Himes BE, Weiss ST, Gauderman WJ, Baurley JW, Gilliland F, Wilk JB, O'Connor GT, Strachan DP, Hoh J, Bracken MB. PDE11A associations with asthma: results of a genome-wide association scan. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2010 Oct; 126(4):871-873.e9.
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  27. Duan QL, Gaume BR, Hawkins GA, Himes BE, Bleecker ER, Klanderman B, Irvin CG, Peters SP, Meyers DA, Hanrahan JP, Lima JJ, Litonjua AA, Tantisira KG, Liggett SB. Regulatory haplotypes in ARG1 are associated with altered bronchodilator response. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011 Feb 15; 183(4):449-54.
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  28. Melén E, Himes BE, Brehm JM, Boutaoui N, Klanderman BJ, Sylvia JS, Lasky-Su J. Analyses of shared genetic factors between asthma and obesity in children. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2010 Sep; 126(3):631-7.e1-8.
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  29. Himes BE, Lasky-Su J, Wu AC, Wilk JB, Hunninghake GM, Klanderman B, Murphy AJ, Lazarus R, Soto-Quiros ME, Avila L, Celedón JC, Lange C, O'Connor GT, Raby BA, Silverman EK, Weiss ST. Asthma-susceptibility variants identified using probands in case-control and family-based analyses. BMC Med Genet. 2010; 11:122.
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  30. Harada M, Hirota T, Jodo AI, Hitomi Y, Sakashita M, Tsunoda T, Miyagawa T, Doi S, Kameda M, Fujita K, Miyatake A, Enomoto T, Noguchi E, Masuko H, Sakamoto T, Hizawa N, Suzuki Y, Yoshihara S, Adachi M, Ebisawa M, Saito H, Matsumoto K, Nakajima T, Mathias RA, Rafaels N, Barnes KC, Himes BE, Duan QL, Tantisira KG, Weiss ST, Nakamura Y, Ziegler SF, Tamari M. Thymic stromal lymphopoietin gene promoter polymorphisms are associated with susceptibility to bronchial asthma. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2011 Jun; 44(6):787-93.
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  31. Wu AC, Himes BE, Lasky-Su J, Litonjua A, Li L, Lange C, Lima J, Irvin CG, Weiss ST. Development of a Pharmacogenetic Predictive Test in asthma: proof of concept. Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2010 Feb; 20(2):86-93.
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  32. Himes BE, Wu AC, Duan QL, Klanderman B, Litonjua AA, Tantisira K, Ramoni MF, Weiss ST. Predicting response to short-acting bronchodilator medication using Bayesian networks. Pharmacogenomics. 2009 Sep; 10(9):1393-412.
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  33. Himes BE, Hunninghake GM, Baurley JW, Rafaels NM, Sleiman P, Strachan DP, Wilk JB, Willis-Owen SA, Klanderman B, Lasky-Su J, Lazarus R, Murphy AJ, Soto-Quiros ME, Avila L, Beaty T, Mathias RA, Ruczinski I, Barnes KC, Celedón JC, Cookson WO, Gauderman WJ, Gilliland FD, Hakonarson H, Lange C, Moffatt MF, O'Connor GT, Raby BA, Silverman EK, Weiss ST. Genome-wide association analysis identifies PDE4D as an asthma-susceptibility gene. Am J Hum Genet. 2009 May; 84(5):581-93.
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  34. Himes BE, Dai Y, Kohane IS, Weiss ST, Ramoni MF. Prediction of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in asthma patients using electronic medical records. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2009 May-Jun; 16(3):371-9.
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  35. Ramoni RB, Himes BE, Sale MM, Furie KL, Ramoni MF. Predictive genomics of cardioembolic stroke. Stroke. 2009 Mar; 40(3 Suppl):S67-70.
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  36. Himes BE, Kohane IS, Ramoni MF, Weiss ST. Characterization of patients who suffer asthma exacerbations using data extracted from electronic medical records. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2008; 308-12.
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  37. Alwayn IP, Andersson C, Lee S, Arsenault DA, Bistrian BR, Gura KM, Nose V, Zauscher B, Moses M, Puder M. Inhibition of matrix metalloproteinases increases PPAR-alpha and IL-6 and prevents dietary-induced hepatic steatosis and injury in a murine model. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2006 Dec; 291(6):G1011-9.
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  38. Javid PJ, Greene AK, Garza J, Gura K, Alwayn IP, Voss S, Nose V, Satchi-Fainaro R, Zausche B, Mulkern RV, Jaksic T, Bistrian B, Folkman J, Puder M. The route of lipid administration affects parenteral nutrition-induced hepatic steatosis in a mouse model. J Pediatr Surg. 2005 Sep; 40(9):1446-53.
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  39. Alwayn IP, Andersson C, Zauscher B, Gura K, Nosé V, Puder M. Omega-3 fatty acids improve hepatic steatosis in a murine model: potential implications for the marginal steatotic liver donor. Transplantation. 2005 Mar 15; 79(5):606-8.
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  40. Dallabrida SM, Ismail N, Oberle JR, Himes BE, Rupnick MA. Angiopoietin-1 promotes cardiac and skeletal myocyte survival through integrins. Circ Res. 2005 Mar 4; 96(4):e8-24.
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  41. Alwayn IP, Gura K, Nosé V, Zausche B, Javid P, Garza J, Verbesey J, Voss S, Ollero M, Andersson C, Bistrian B, Folkman J, Puder M. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation prevents hepatic steatosis in a murine model of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Pediatr Res. 2005 Mar; 57(3):445-52.
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  42. Paulus MP, Hozack NE, Zauscher BE, Frank L, Brown GG, McDowell J, Braff DL. Parietal dysfunction is associated with increased outcome-related decision-making in schizophrenia patients. Biol Psychiatry. 2002 Jun 15; 51(12):995-1004.
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  43. Paulus MP, Hozack NE, Zauscher BE, Frank L, Brown GG, Braff DL, Schuckit MA. Behavioral and functional neuroimaging evidence for prefrontal dysfunction in methamphetamine-dependent subjects. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2002 Jan; 26(1):53-63.
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  44. Paulus MP, Hozack N, Zauscher B, McDowell JE, Frank L, Brown GG, Braff DL. Prefrontal, parietal, and temporal cortex networks underlie decision-making in the presence of uncertainty. Neuroimage. 2001 Jan; 13(1):91-100.
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