Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Erasing cocaine-cue memories could help prevent relapse

In a study in Cell Reports, Mary Torregrossa, PhD, and colleagues used optogenetics to control specific neurons to stop cocaine-seeking behavior in rats. Learn More

Thursday, December 27, 2018
"Neuritosis" may explain why neurons shrink in Huntington's disease

Robert Friedlander, MD, PhD, and colleagues have been able to visualize what happens in the run-up before cell death in neurodegenerative diseases.  Learn More

Thursday, December 20, 2018
Swanson team gets $1.2M NSF award for Big Brain Data project

Computer engineer Heng Huang, PhD, leads a team that will design a framework for sharing data for multi-site collaborations in neuroimaging genomics and human connectomics. Learn More

Thursday, December 13, 2018
PittMed profiles viral vector expert Leah Byrne

The assistant professor of ophthalmology works to deliver genes into retinal neurons, as a way to cure and prevent blindness. Learn More

Friday, November 30, 2018
PBT cover story: Making Pittsburgh a leading center for vision restoration

For José-Alain Sahel, MD, time is of the essence when it comes to getting the UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital up and running. Learn More

Monday, November 19, 2018
The New Yorker: How to control a machine with your brain

The magazine takes a long-form look at the neuroscience that underlies Pitt's use of brain-computer interfaces to allow paralyzed people to use robots to move again. Learn More

Friday, November 16, 2018
Pitt, UPMC to receive $6M from NFL for concussion-related research

The research project is titled, “Prevalence of Brain Health versus Neurodegeneration in Professional Football Retirees.” Learn More

Monday, November 12, 2018
DoD awards $2M to develop drug for tinnitus

Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD, leads preclinical testing of a drug that targets potassium-transport channels for people who perceive debilitating ringing in the ears. Learn More

Friday, November 9, 2018
Wireless retinal implant shows promise in clinical trial

José Alain Sahel, MD, leads the studies, aimed at restoring useful vision in patients with advanced atrophic dry age-related macular degeneration. Learn More

Monday, November 5, 2018
What brain mapping can reveal about health and disease

Peter Strick, PhD, tells WESA how Brain Institute scientists are using transneuronal tracing to discover how different parts of the brain communicate with each other to produce behavior.   Learn More

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