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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Two Pitt faculty elected to National Academy of Medicine for brain-related research

Robert Friedlander, MD, was recognized for his study of cell-death pathways and other discoveries. Clifton Callaway, MD, PhD, has investigated how to reduce brain injury related to heart attack. Learn More

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Neuroimaging shows that positive parenting influences brain connectivity in at-risk children

A longitudinal study, published in Child Development, provides evidence of specific brain changes in children whose parents learned how to help them control their behavior. Learn More

Thursday, October 11, 2018
NIH awards $8M for research on brain computer interfaces

Pitt researchers are joining forces with colleagues at the University of Chicago and Carnegie Mellon University. Learn More

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Scaife foundation grants $5M for Atlas of Brain Networks

The award from the DSF Charitable Foundation allows the Brain Institute to launch a major effort to map neural networks throughout the brain and investigate how these networks generate behavior. Learn More

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Strick to receive $6M NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award

Peter L. Strick, PhD, aims to identify the neural pathways that allow the brain to influence the function of the heart, digestive system and organs involved in immune function. Learn More

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Neuroimaging identifies potential markers for bipolar disorder in at-risk youth

The study in JAMA Psychiatry shows elevated activity and functional connectivity in the anterior cingulate cortex during emotion-regulation tasks in youth with a family history of bipolar disorder. Learn More

Monday, August 6, 2018
OCD researcher receives One Mind Rising Star award

Susanne Ahmari, MD, PhD, aims to identify novel molecular targets that cause alterations of brain circuits that lead to the symptoms seen in obsessive compulsive disorder.  Learn More

Thursday, July 26, 2018
STAT: Drugs aimed at sliver of PD patients may help many more

A study led by Tim Greenamyre, MD, PhD, reported in Science Translational Medicine, suggests that experimental drugs that target the gene LRRK2 may be effective for common forms of Parkinson's.     Learn More

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Pitt bioengineer awarded NIH grant to develop imaging tech that may lead to better neuroprosthetics

TK Kozai, PhD, and neurologist Franca Cambi, MD, PhD, will investigate the role of oligodendrocytes and oligodendrocyte progenitor cells in neural tissue response to chronic brain implants. Learn More

Sunday, July 8, 2018
Psychology and bioengineering take longitudinal look at aging brain disparities

Anna Marsland, Peter Gianaros and Tamer Ibrahim will use enhanced MRI to compare current brain health in middle-aged volunteers with old medical records about inflammation and heart health. Learn More

Thursday, June 21, 2018
SCIENCE: New evidence stokes debate over diplomats’ mysterious illness

Carey Balaban, PhD, and his colleagues examined Havana embassy personnel, and find that a directed energy source could have damaged the sensitive utricle and saccule of the ear. Learn More

Friday, June 15, 2018
Pitt Med: On the command role of the posterior parietal cortex

Peter Strick, PhD, says some of his recent work can be described in one sentence: "Mountcastle was right!" Learn More

Friday, June 15, 2018
Pitt Med: Expanding the use of deep brain stimulation

Only 13 percent of eligible patients get DBS surgery for their intractable and debilitating Parkinson's symptoms.  Neurosurgeon Mark Richardson, MD, PhD, would like that to change. Learn More

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Strick to receive Carnegie Science Award for Life Sciences

The Brain Institute's scientific director, Peter L. Strick, PhD, will be honored for his research using transneuronal transport of viruses to investigate brain networks. Learn More

Saturday, April 14, 2018
"Tic tac toe" coil system aims to improve high-resolution brain imaging

Bioengineer Tamer Ibrahim, PhD, and colleagues plan to use the technology developed in his lab to investigate small-vessel disease in older adults with depression. Learn More

Thursday, April 12, 2018
WESA: Teenage brains take longer to heal from concussions than once thought

An age younger than 16, a history of migraines and being female are some of the risk factors that can extend recovery time after a sports-related head injury. Learn More

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Pittwire: The neural processes that allow us to pay attention

Marlene Cohen, PhD, and colleagues study what goes on at the neural level when the brain practices detecting differences in visual stimuli, a process called perceptual learning. Learn More

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Bioengineer receives $1.5M NIH award to study how the brain perceives moving objects

Neeraj Gandhi, PhD, will examine how the eye and brain compensate for lag times inherent in making sense of images in a world that doesn't stay still.     Learn More

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Nitin Sharma receives NSF CAREER award to improve robot-assisted walking

The mechanical engineer aims to create a wearable, ultrasound-based exoskeleton for the ankle, which can be used for rehabilitation after injury. Learn More

Monday, April 2, 2018
Remembrance: Neuropsychopharmacology expert Jeffrey Yao

Jeffrey Yao, PhD, was recognized internationally for groundbreaking research on the biochemical aspects of disease processes in mental illness and neurological disorders. Learn More

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