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Thursday, August 17, 2017
NEURON: Researchers figure out how dopamine neurons keep up with demand

“Our findings demonstrate, for the first time, that neurons can change how much dopamine they release as a function of their overall activity," says Zachary Freyberg, MD, PhD.   Learn More

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Zinc study may reveal how our brains block background noises

Elias Aizenman, PhD, and Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD, have received a $1.24 million grant from the NSF to study a link between the metal zinc and control of auditory processing in the cerebral cortex. Learn More

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Teens with severe depression find unlikely solution in vitamins

VICE features how Lisa Pan, MD, began to find that many of her patients had metabolic deficiencies that could be treated with a type of B vitamin in place of missing proteins and small molecules. Learn More

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Doctors push back on study suggesting elite education leads to fewer opioid scrips

Pitt's Walid Gellad, MD, who trained at Harvard, counters, “Many more of those top-tier medical school graduates are probably in clinical practices where they see fewer patients.” Learn More

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
STAT Op-ed: Why use abuse-deterrent opioids without evidence that they work?

"This feels like déjà vu all over again," warn Pitt's Bernie Good, MD, Chronis Manolis, RPh, and William Shrank, MD. Learn More

Monday, August 7, 2017
The Scientist: Pain researcher urges against using popular chemogenetic tool

Serious off-target effects led Michael Gold, PhD, to drop the "DREADDS method" in his laboratory. The neurobiology professor says, "We're waving the red flag." Learn More

Monday, July 31, 2017
Trib-Review: NFL-related dementia findings prompt varying reactions in football families

“Both the NFL and the NCAA need to step up and participate in scientific data collection," says neuropathologist Ronald Hamilton, MD, who was featured in the movie, "Concussion," in 2015.  Learn More

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Pattern of marijuana use in teens may affect psychosocial outcomes in adulthood

Boys who occasionally used cannabis at age 15 or 16 and then escalated that use through age 19 showed the most dysfunction in brain reward circuitry and were more prone to depression. Learn More

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Washington Post: Research pioneer in cognitive effects of lead on children has died

Herbert Needleman, MD, linked low levels of lead exposure to lower IQ and behavioral problems. His work led to the phasing out of lead from gasoline, paint and other products. Learn More

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Alzheimer's expert receives 2017 Zaven Khachaturian Award

William Klunk, MD, PhD, was recognized in London for his many contributions to dementia research, including his influential work with amyloid neuroimaging, which is used to diagnose Alzheimer’s. Learn More

Thursday, July 13, 2017
​Pittsburgh-Paris partnership: Sahel links Pitt with three French research institutes

A new agreement will enable collaboration on fundamental research, development of novel therapeutics and clinical trials, with an initial focus on ophthalmology, vision and neuroscience. Learn More

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Pitt effort aims to bolster social skills of autistic adults

Shaun Eack, PhD, hopes to adapt therapy that has helped adults with schizophrenia find and keep satisfying work. Participants learn to read nonverbal clues and imagine the perspective of others. Learn More

Saturday, July 8, 2017
Pitt's BrainPort to be featured in PBS documentary

Produced by Pitt alum David Fleishman, MD, the film looks at innovations from the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration that transform visual information to touch. The film airs on Oct. 13. Learn More

Thursday, July 6, 2017
"Risk calculator" shows promise for predicting bipolar disorder in children

Daniella Hafeman, MD, PhD, and colleagues report in JAMA Psychiatry that subthreshold manic or depressive symptoms can precede onset of bipolar disorder by two to 10 years. Learn More

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Slowed walking may signal mental decline due to shrinking right hippocampus

Repeated brain scans of older adults revealed a single brain area that related to both gait slowing and cognitive impairment, Andrea Rosso, PhD. and colleagues report. Learn More

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Commentary: Whole genomes may hold clues to autism, but patience is key

Pitt's Bernie Devlin, PhD, and Harvard's Michael Talkowski, PhD, are developing new statistical and bioinformatics methods to interpret the impact of mutations that alter gene regulation. Learn More

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Pitt study casts new light on neurodevelopment of schizophrenia

Kenneth Fish, PhD, says that normal pruning of a special class of inhibitory nerve cells in the prefrontal cortex may be blunted in schizophrenia. Learn More

Monday, June 12, 2017
WESA: Why white-noise therapy may prevent tinnitus

Exposure to moderate-level noise soon after you experience loud, potentially damaging sounds seems to be much better than silence for averting development of ringing in the ears, says Karl Kandler. Learn More

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Brain Institute associate director appointed to new posts in provost's office

Nathan Urban, PhD, leaves his special projects position, to become vice provost for graduate studies and strategic initiatives. Urban will also lead development efforts. Learn More

Monday, June 5, 2017
New Pittwire features mathematician Brent Doiron

Doiron has received a $2.2M Vannevar Bush fellowship. He and his colleagues have created a mathematical model that can predict the actions of many neurons. Learn More

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