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Thursday, June 10, 2021
SCIENCE features Pitt research on brain-body connections

Work by David Levinthal, MD, PhD, and colleagues suggests that stress disrupts vagal pathways, thus hindering digestion and allowing ulcer-inducing bacteria to damage the stomach.  Learn More

Monday, May 24, 2021
NYT: Blind man's sight partially restored through optogenetics

Jose-Alain Sahel and colleagues report in Nature Medicine how they added light-sensitive proteins to the man’s retina, which when paired with high-tech goggles gave him a blurry view of objects. Learn More

Thursday, May 20, 2021
Sense of touch improves control of robotic arm

In Science, bioengineers describe how adding artificial tactile perception with a brain-controlled robotic arm cut in half the amount of time it took to grasp and move objects. Learn More

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Novel immunotherapy boosts long-term stroke recovery in mice

“The beauty of this treatment is in its wide therapeutic window,” says senior author Xiaoming Hu in the Department of Neurology. Learn More

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
80% of hospitalized COVID patients have neurological issues

A global study headed by Sherry Chou found that half the patients had acute encephalopathy, and that pre-existing neurological conditions like migraines or dementia doubled the risk.    Learn More

Saturday, May 8, 2021
Rare form of ataxia linked to RNA metabolism in neurons

An international collaboration led by Udai Pandey reports in Nature Communications the discovery that mutations in the protein GEMIN5 cause developmental delay and loss of coordination. Learn More

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Pitt and Wash U get $10.7M grant to study genetics of Alzheimer's

Ilyas Kamboh and colleagues will look for genetic underpinnings of plaques and tangles that form due to abnormal accumulation of amyloid-beta and tau proteins.   Learn More

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Unusually thin cortex seen in young teens at risk for psychosis

Maria Jalbrzikowski reports in JAMA Psychiatry that the thinning was most pronounced in several temporal and frontal regions of the brain. Learn More

Friday, April 30, 2021
Neurological conditions pose higher risk of death from COVID-19

Sherry Chou, who heads the Global Consortium Study of Neurologic Dysfunction in COVID-19, tells USNews & World Report about findings in a study of more than 3,700 patients in 13 countries.   Learn More

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Protein in dopamine neurons makes aging female brains more resilient

Pitt scientists found more VGLUT in dopamine neurons of female fruit flies, rodents and human beings than in males, correlating with older women's lower incidence of neuron loss. Learn More

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Rare rewards amplify dopamine responses

The Stauffer group reports in Nature Neuroscience a first step to understanding how value and reward-probability distributions are coded in the brain.   Learn More

Friday, March 12, 2021
Pennell named chair of neurology

Page B. Pennell, MD, whose research focus is on patients with epilepsy, comes to Pitt from Harvard Medical School and will start July 1.  Learn More

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Pitt launches neuroimaging and therapeutics center

A $1M gift from the Tull Family Foundation aims to enhance multidisciplinary collaboration in neuroscience, imaging and treatment. Learn More

Monday, February 15, 2021
Why antipsychotic meds lead to weight gain and diabetes

A report in Translational Psychiatry shows antipsychotics block dopamine in the pancreas, and cause overproduction of blood glucose-regulating hormones.   Learn More

Monday, February 8, 2021
Fetal surgery for spina bifida leads to better mobility

Amy Houtrow and colleagues report in JAMA Pediatrics the multiple benefits of not waiting until after birth to repair a myelomeningocele. Learn More

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Why antihistamines don't stop the itch after spinal morphine injection

Sarah Ross and colleagues identify spinal cord neurons responsible for an itchy sensation from an epidural, and suggest that the drug nalfurafine may halt the itch without reducing pain relief. Learn More

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Scientists activate arm, hand muscles with epidural electrical stimulation

Marco Capogrosso and colleagues report in Nature Communications on a technology to improve upper-limb movements in individuals with paralysis. Learn More

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
FDA and Pitt announce collaboration to help restore vision

Joining forces with the FDA is expected to speed availability of augmented reality headsets or brain stimulation to help people with low vision “see” their surroundings. Learn More

Thursday, December 3, 2020
Sleep-wake gene mutation leads to cocaine addiction in mice

Colleen McClung, Lauren DePoy and colleagues find a molecular basis for the connection between disruption of circadian rhythms and predisposition to substance abuse. Learn More

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Why a light touch can cause great pain: Solving the mystery of mechanical allodynia

In a paper in Neuron, Rebecca Seal's lab describes how the nature of an injury defines the spinal circuitry in the dorsal horn that results in extreme reactions to innocuous stimuli.   Learn More

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