Friday, January 19, 2018
Schizophrenia study identifies shifts in patterns of neurotransmitters in working memory network

A study in Biological Psychiatry, led by David Lewis, MD, suggests that multiple disruptions across brain regions give rise to schizophrenia symptoms. Learn More

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Telegraph: Can you really be successful on four-hours-a-night sleep?

Daniel Buysse, MD, says some most people who think they can get by on several hours are fooling themselves. Learn More

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
National Academy of Sciences recognizes Marlene Cohen

Marlene R. Cohen, PhD, will receive a Troland Research Award for her pioneering studies of how neurons process visual information. Learn More

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Consumer Reports: How to ease seasonal affective disorder

Kathryn Roecklein, PhD, says cognitive behavior therapy not only also eases SAD, but might even prevent symptoms from recurring the following year. Learn More

Saturday, January 13, 2018
New brain sensor opens window on mechanisms of addiction

Bioengineer Xinyan 'Tracy' Cui, PhD, uses aptamers in the living brain to examine neuron sensitivity by age, and to see how drugs like cocaine concentrate in different areas of the brain.   Learn More

Friday, January 12, 2018
BBC: Primack says stay off social media in the half hour before bed

A tech-free 30 minutes is crucial to a good night's sleep, no matter how much time you spend on-line the rest of the day, according to studies by social media expert Brian Primack, MD, PhD. Learn More

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
The Economist: The hunt for smaller, safer, smarter brain implants

More precision is needed to generate fine-grained control signals to allow brain-computer interfaces to move individual fingers, says Andrew Schwartz, PhD. Learn More

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
WESA: The biological case for delaying school start times

Sleep researcher Peter Franzen, PhD, says forcing teens to follow adult sleep schedules results in reduced school performance, more car accidents and depression.  Learn More

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
CNBC: Is Apple to blame for teen tech addiction?

Brian Primack, MD, PhD, pushes back on the concept that parents can protect their kids from the ill effects of social media, which include depression, anxiety and feeling isolated. Learn More

Monday, January 8, 2018
Math postdoc awarded selective Swartz Foundation fellowship

Chengcheng Huang, PhD, is a computational neuroscientist who uses neuronal networks to model how the auditory part of the brain perceives pitch.  Learn More

Monday, January 8, 2018
TK Kozai reports on importance of glial cells for implanted brain electrodes

Takashi Kozai, PhD, is also working with Franca Cambi, MD, PhD, to study the role of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells in relation to brain-computer interface technology. Learn More

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Clinical trials set for 'bionic vision' implants in patients with macular degeneration

Up to five older patients with vision loss from atrophic dry macular degeneration will be surgically treated with a miniaturized wireless photovoltaic sub-retinal implant, developed in Paris.     Learn More

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Byrne sets sights on improving vision through gene editing

Leah Byrne, PhD, leads a team that is using CRISPR/Cas9 tools to replace malfunctioning genes in inherited retinal degeneration.  Learn More

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Tribune-Review: What to keep in mind about New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions set our brain to trigger us into action when we are not acting on the goal, says Greg Siegle, PhD. Learn More

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Philadelphia Inquirer: Warnings from Don Burke and other experts about the opioid crisis

The growing epidemic of addiction appears to be on the same trajectory as the early years of AIDS, says Donald S. Burke, dean of the Graduate School of Public Health. Learn More

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Defense department awards $2.5M to evaluate mental readiness of soldiers

The Pitt team aims to measure mental preparedness for military service with a variety of cognitive, behavioral and sensorimotor tests.  Learn More

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
$5.3M BRAIN Initiative grant funds sensory feedback study for below-knee prosthetics

Lee Fisher, PhD, and Doug Weber, PhD, aim to use spinal root stimulation to reduce phantom-limb pain and restore function in lower limb amputees. Learn More

Friday, December 15, 2017
NYT: Some toddlers born with Zika virus can't see, walk, or talk

Pitt's infectious disease expert Ernesto Marques, MD, PhD, who also works in Brazil, says the future of these children, born with microcephaly, is complicated by poverty and strained resources. Learn More

Thursday, December 14, 2017
ALS patients sought for new drug study

Researchers seek volunteers for a study to test if the drug Mexiletine II suppresses cortical hyperexcitability and slows disease progression in the sporadic form of ALS. Learn More

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Neuropsychiatric scientist receives distinguished investigator grant

Robert Sweet, MD, studies the basic mechanisms that lead to psychotic symptoms that develop in schizophrenia and about half of all people with Alzheimer's disease.  Learn More