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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Brain Institute recruits young investigator to Neurobiology of Dementia initiative

Amantha Thathiah, PhD, who studies the cellular and molecular pathways involved in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease, will join Pitt's faculty in January. Learn More

Friday, October 2, 2015
Pitt scientist pens SCIENCE op-ed on future of neurotechnology

Recent progress in neural prosthetics has been achieved largely when complexity is not only recognized but used to advantage, says neurobiologist Andrew Schwartz. Learn More

Friday, October 2, 2015
NEJM study: Lowering nicotine in cigs leads to less smoking

Eric Donny, associate professor of psychology, led a 10-site study that suggests that reducing the levels of nicotine in cigarettes lowers dependence among smokers. Learn More

Thursday, October 1, 2015
UPMC study: Most Americans misunderstand concussion

A Harris Poll has found that the vast majority of U.S. adults do not really know what a concussion is, and many do not know the injury is treatable Learn More

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Urban and Ermentrout get $6.4M BRAIN Initiative grant

A Pitt team gets a three-year NSF grant to investigate how we are able to localize odors. Learn More

Saturday, September 26, 2015
"Math of brewing coffee" can model anesthesia

A story in Inside Science covers how Pitt scientists use percolation theory to investigate how anesthetics act on the brain. Learn More

Saturday, September 19, 2015
MEG expert merges music and brain imagery

For fun and science: A cellist pretends he is playing along to a recording of his own music, while Pitt experts capture images of his brain performance. Learn More

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Strick to deliver keynote to Society for Neurobiology of Language

Peter L. Strick, PhD, the Brain Institute's Scientific Director, will discuss the significance of two primary motor areas --  “Old” and “New” M1 -- at the annual meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language  in Chicago on Oct. 15. Learn More

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Houtrow co-authors Institute of Medicine report on mental health access

Many low-income children with mental disorders who are eligible for federal benefits may not be receiving them.     Learn More

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Trib Review: Expert finds concussion a "manageable injury"

National experts will test two ideas that have transformed concussion treatment at Pitt: that concussions come in several types and that therapy is a better treatment than rest.   Learn More

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Top concussion experts in nation to convene at Pitt in October

Check here for the list of 36 concussion experts who will determine best practices, protocols and therapies for treating concussions. Results of this collaboration will be published in the journal Neurosurgery. Learn More

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Post-Gazette: "Leading ALS researcher joins Brain Institute"

Chris Donnelly, PhD, whose recent study helps explain a problem that occurs with neurons controlling motor function, is focusing on the deadly disease process and compounds holding potential to treat or prevent it. Learn More

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Investigators create model for how anesthesia switches off consciousness

Yan Xu, PhD, and colleagues have created a computer model of a network of neurons that suggests that a sudden breakdown in the network's ability to transmit information mimics the brain wave changes that accompany anesthesia.   Learn More

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Pitt named Center of Excellence for bleeding disorder that can lead to stroke

Pitt has earned international recognition as a premier center for treatment of and research into hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), a rare genetic disorder that can cause sudden, catastrophic internal bleeding and stroke. Learn More

Monday, August 31, 2015
No link seen between depression and teen pot smoking

Newsweek cites a Pitt study that finds no evidence of later depression or other mental illness in adults who smoked marijuana during adolescence. Learn More

Monday, August 31, 2015
Brain Institute hires four scientists

The Brain Institute has recruited four highly talented young investigators with home departments in Psychology, Bioengineering, and Neurobiology.  Learn More

Monday, August 31, 2015
Pain researcher to receive national award for excellence

Michael S. Gold, PhD, Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology's Center for Pain Research, will receive the 30th F.W.L. Kerr award for Basic Science Research at the annual scientific meeting of the American Pain Society, to be held in Austin, TX, from May 11-14, 2016. The award recognizes individual excellence and achievements in pain research and is presented to a pain researcher whose total career achievements - innovative research, skilled mentorship and exceptional service - make outstanding contributions to the field.  Dr. Gold will be honored for his early work characterizing the role of voltage-gated Na+ channels in the initiation and maintenance of both inflammatory and neuropathic pain, as well as his more recent investigations into mechanisms of migraine and persistent inflammation. Dr. Gold employs a "reverse translation" strategy in his lab, working back from clinical problems to identify mechanistic underpinnings.     Learn More

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Can you hear me now?

Researchers have identified in an animal model the molecular mechanisms behind resilience to noise-induced tinnitus and a possible drug therapy that could reduce susceptibility to this chronic and sometimes debilitating condition. Learn More

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Concussion experts to convene at Pitt in October

Nearly 30 leading concussion researchers will meet here to propose and create guidelines for state-of-the-art treatment of concussions. Learn More

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Inner ear's rhythm coaches the brain to hear

Karl Kandler, PhD, and colleagues have discovered that the precise pattern of the inner ear's "drumbeat" is what tells a young brain how to form the right connections for hearing and processing sounds. Their study in Neuron has implications for children born with good hearing but who have difficulty interpreting the meaning of sounds.     Learn More

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