Wednesday, March 28, 2018
State to use Pitt lab for data-driven approach to opioid crisis

The Aetna Foundation has provided a $1M grant for a two-year project in Pitt's Public Health Dynamics Laboratory. The lab will run computer models to evaluate how to focus resources. Learn More

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Lofexidine wins FDA panel's support for patients quitting opioids

"The data was there," said committee chair Rajesh Narendran, MD. If the FDA follows the panel's recommendation, lofexidine would become the first non-opioid drug approved to treat opioid withdrawal. Learn More

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
FDA staff questions safety, efficacy of opioid-withdrawal drug

An FDA advisory committee headed by psychiatrist Rajesh Narendran, MD, meets today to consider recommending approval of the use of lofexidine, an alpha-2 adrenergic agonist similar to clonidine Learn More

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
PIND receives $2M grant from Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

The two-year project will investigate links between environmental and known genetic triggers of Parkinson's, such as LRRK2. Learn More

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Pittwire: Exercise boosts cognitive recovery even years after stroke

Meta-analysis of available data suggests that type and duration of physical activity doesn't matter much, though best results came from from a combination of cardiovascular and strength training. Learn More

Friday, March 23, 2018
PittMed: What a pH-sensitive fluorescent probe reveals about neuron communication

Studies by Zachary Freyberg, MD, PhD, suggest that neurons can multitask and release two neurotransmitters -- such as dopamine and glutamate -- at once. Learn More

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative solicits research proposals on neurodegeneration

Letters of intent to apply for three-year collaborative awards are due April 3.  The LOI due date for five-year awards for early-career scientists is April 17. Learn More

Saturday, March 17, 2018
New York Times: Clint Frazier is part of baseball's evolution on concussions

Michael Collins, PhD, says there are six types of concussions, each with about 20 subtypes.  "Science is progressing rapidly now that we know it’s not a homogeneous thing.” Learn More

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
CNN: Public Health researchers question negative findings about opioid antidote

Mary Hawk, PhD, James Egan, PhD, and Chris Keane, ScD, counter a study that suggests that use of the lifesaving drug naloxone may lead to increased opioid use and more crime. Learn More

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
The learning brain is less flexible than we thought

A CMU-Pitt team reports in Nature Neuroscience that they found definite limits to how quickly the brain can reorganize its neural activity when trying to master a new task.  Learn More

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Molecular phenotypes of depression are dramatically different in men and women

A study in Biological Psychiatry by lead author Marianne Seney, PhD, indicates distinct pathology, and suggests that men and women may need different types of treatment for depression.   Learn More

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Pittsburgh Courier: The link between Down syndrome and Alzheimer's

About 75 percent of people with Down syndrome have Alzheimer’s after age 60, says Peter D. Bulova, MD. Brain scans show high levels of amyloid after age 40. Learn More

Monday, March 12, 2018
WESA: Sleep loss from daylight savings makes many people sluggish and emotional

It can take up to eight weeks to adjust to the new schedule, says Brant Hasler, PhD, who studies how sleep and circadian rhythms affect mood and motivation. Learn More

Friday, March 9, 2018
NPR's All Things Considered: Q&As about opioids and chronic pain

Pain medicine specialist Ajay Wasan, MD, answers NPR listeners' questions about getting the right treatment. Learn More

Thursday, March 8, 2018
NATURE Outlook: Mind-reading devices that can free paralyzed muscles

Robert Gaunt, PhD, and colleagues continue their work with a man who is quadriplegic and is able to feel a sense of touch through a robotic arm that he operates with his brain. Learn More

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
What's new in spina bifida research?

Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, which covers research presented at the Third World Congress on Spina Bifida Research and Care. Learn More

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Bradley Nindl combines research with active duty as commander in US Army Reserve

Nindl directs the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory, where he studies cognitive and physical performance of military members, as well as impact of space travel on astronauts. Learn More

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Delerium in the ICU raises risk of long-term cognitive decline

A study in Lancet Respiratory Medicine shows more than half of ICU patients with acute respiratory failure or shock, or both, develop delirium, with cognitive effects evident a year later. Learn More

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Pittsburgh Courier: Researchers try to figure out why African Americans have highest rate of Alzheimer's

"We want to know if there’s a difference in the early stages of the disease and if the disease progresses differently," says Ann B. Cohen, PhD. Learn More

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Chuck Noll Foundation awards several grants for head-injury research

One study by Ava Puccio, PhD, will test for biomarkers of tau protein in sweat collected from people who have had a subconcussive hit to the head.  Learn More