Friday, October 14, 2016
Obama shakes hands with first person to feel with mind-controlled robotic hand

Nathan Copeland -- the first person to control a prosthetic limb that allows both movement and a sense of touch and pressure -- also gave the president a fistbump, for good measure. Learn More

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Paralyzed man feels sensation again, using mind-controlled robot hand

A Pitt team has shown how a young man recovered a sense of touch through fingers of a robotic arm controlled entirely with his brain, as reported in Science Translational Medicine. Learn More

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Richardson leads BRAIN Initiative study of the basal ganglia's role in speech

The $3.3M grant will let neurosurgeon Mark Richardson, MD, PhD, and his team examine the brain activity of Parkinson's patients, who will talk during deep brain stimulation surgery. Learn More

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Frontiers Conference to draw Obama, top scientists to Pittsburgh

The focus won't be on the latest paper or body of work, but what is coming next, says Nathan Urban, PhD,  vice provost for special projects and associate director of the Brain Institute.   Learn More

Friday, October 7, 2016
Hillman Foundation funds five novel neuroscience projects

The support helps the Brain Institute to better frame the national research agenda, as well as compete for large-scale federal funding opportunities, says Scientific Director Peter L. Strick. Learn More

Friday, October 7, 2016
Stauffer receives NIH's New Innovator award

Neurobiologist William Stauffer, PhD, has been recognized as a "creative, outside-the-box thinker" who combines optogenetics techniques with behavioral research to study how we process rewards. Learn More

Friday, October 7, 2016
Poor sleep may raise stroke, heart disease risk in midlife women

Psychiatry professor Rebecca Thurston, PhD, and colleagues found a link between poor sleep patterns and carotid atherosclerosis in women aged 40 to 60 years. Learn More

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Insomnia study shows overactive brain areas during sleep

Researchers found that scans of people who have trouble sleeping show higher-than-normal activity in certain brain regions when they are asleep, and lower-than-normal activity when they're awake. Learn More

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Drugmaker Allergan to fund three-year tinnitus study

Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD, Endowed Chair in Auditory Physiology, heads the study of the molecular and cellular basis of ringing in the ears. Learn More

Monday, October 3, 2016
Pitt scientists develop two Zika vaccines that work in mice

Both vaccines are promising candidates for clinical trials, and researchers predict they would be inexpensive to produce and distribute. Learn More

Monday, October 3, 2016
Donut Dash raises $175K for Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research

Brain Institute scientists joined hundreds who ran, walked, or rolled a mile, gorged on doughnuts and then tackled another mile to support ALS research. Learn More

Saturday, October 1, 2016
Kids science mag tells true tale of mind-reading technology at Pitt

“Moving that robotic arm became my singular goal,” says Jan Scheuermann of Whitehall, who in time used her mind to control two prosthetic arms at once. Learn More

Monday, September 26, 2016
Run a mile, eat 6 donuts, run again for ALS research

A CMU fraternity has pledged to raise $500K for the Brain Institute's Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research.  The third annual Donut Dash, open to all, will start at Schenley Plaza on Sunday morning. Learn More

Thursday, September 22, 2016
NIH awards up to $14M for maternal stress study

Alison Hipwell, PhD, and colleagues at Pitt and the University of Chicago will test whether a mother's exposure to stress before pregnancy is a predictor of neurodevelopment in her children. Learn More

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Szigethy awarded Sherman Prize for Excellence in Crohn’s and Colitis

Eva Szigethy, MD, PhD, integrates care for children and adults with inflammatory bowel disease — teaching behavioral specialists about the gut and medical specialists about the brain. Learn More

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
CBS Pittsburgh: Sleep habits linked to marijuana, alcohol use in teens

Boys who consistently slept fewer hours at age 11 were far more likely to smoke and drink as teens, says Brant Hasler, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and psychology. Learn More

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Brain Institute hires Lauren Ward as program director

Lauren Ward, former director of foundation relations at CMU, has been recruited to increase the visibility of the Brain Institute and aid faculty in competing for large grants.  Learn More

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Brain Gain Gala recognizes four Doctors of Distinction

The Ladies Hospital Aid Society chooses the Brain Institute and the Neurological Institute for its 118th benefit.  Learn More

Friday, September 9, 2016
KDKA-TV: Using fiber-tracking to treat glioblastoma, save sight

Neurological surgery chair Robert Friedlander, MD, discusses the life-saving technology, developed at Pitt and UPMC, that draws patients from around the world. Learn More

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Huffington Post: How teens can reduce stress through mindfulness training

Brian Galla, PhD, a Research Scientist in the Learning Research and Development Center, reported his findings in the Journal of Adolescence. Learn More