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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Trib-Review: $2.6M study aims to to cut racial disparity in dementia research

African Americans have twice the risk of developing Alzheimer's, yet current drugs have been tested almost solely on Caucasians, says Jennifer Lingler, PhD. Learn More

Monday, September 25, 2017
Early odor exposure enhances smell-cell response

An eNeuro study by MD-PhD candidate Annie Liu and neurobiologist Nathan Urban, PhD, shows how early experience shapes the brain’s processing of the sense of smell. Learn More

Friday, September 22, 2017
Parents, be wary: Children are watching alcohol ads on YouTube

Brian Primack, MD, PhD, suggests that even kids with curbs on their TV-watching have access to alcohol ads.  That's because viewers upload the most entertaining ads to the internet.  Learn More

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Pittwire: Going global with research aimed at restoring vision

Pitt and three French research institutions collaborate on basic research, novel therapies and clinical trials, including high-resolution imaging to help correct aberrations in the retina. Learn More

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Trib-Review: NIH's Toren Finkel takes over as Aging Institute director

Finkel advocates support for scientific discovery that can help lengthen the time people live without diseases such as Alzheimer's. Learn More

Monday, September 18, 2017
Fun run to support ALS research scheduled for Oct. 1

The Donut Dash fundraiser calls for scarfing down doughnuts in the middle of a race around Oakland. The event fulfills a pledge by a CMU frat to raise $500K for the LiveLikeLou Center. Learn More

Friday, September 15, 2017
National Geographic: Scientists invent a robotic arm that can feel

Nathan Copeland, who is paralyzed and operates a robotic arm with his mind, says he feels warmth and tingling sensations in the robot fingers, which makes him “happy, relieved, and hopeful.” Learn More

Thursday, August 31, 2017
WTAE: Early-onset Parkinson's patient seeks to boost PIND's efforts at cure

Seth Logan, 47, is launching a fundraising effort for the Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases. Learn More

Friday, August 25, 2017
PittMed: A glimpse into Pitt's brain bank

Thanks to support from the Hillman Foundation, neuropathologist Julia Kofler, MD, has been able to grant families' requests that she study the brains of their loved ones after death. Learn More

Friday, August 25, 2017
PittMed: Think happy thoughts in a scanner to train your amygdala

In a neurofeedback study, Kymberly Young, PhD, showed that subjects could use positive memories to lift their depression. Learn More

Thursday, August 24, 2017
Submit your abstract to present a poster at BRAIN DAY 2017

Deadline is Friday, Sept. 8, for easy, on-line submission of abstracts for Pitt's third annual Brain Day, to be held on Oct. 26.   Learn More

Thursday, August 24, 2017
REUTERS: Study shows brain activity tied to blood pressure during stress

"We're trying to decode brain patterns that can tell us about a person’s sensitivity to stress that might be connected with their risk of heart disease," says senior author Peter Gianaros, PhD. Learn More

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
NPR: ER interventions can help keep people off opioids

JAMA study lead author Julie Donohue, PhD, took a deep dive into what actions are typically taken in the hospital after a person survives an overdose. Learn More

Monday, August 21, 2017
BRAIN Initiative grants awarded to four Pitt research teams

Novel studies of how the brain works -- including how it does math, how we perceive the world and how we interact with others in daily life -- have more than $6M in backing from NSF and NIH. Learn More

Monday, August 21, 2017
Chautauqua Institution features lecture by Peter Strick

The founding scientific director of the Brain Institute talks about his growing interest in the brain's influence on immune function. Learn More

Thursday, August 17, 2017
NEURON: Researchers figure out how dopamine neurons keep up with demand

“Our findings demonstrate, for the first time, that neurons can change how much dopamine they release as a function of their overall activity," says Zachary Freyberg, MD, PhD.   Learn More

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Zinc study may reveal how our brains block background noises

Elias Aizenman, PhD, and Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD, have received a $1.24 million grant from the NSF to study a link between the metal zinc and control of auditory processing in the cerebral cortex. Learn More

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Teens with severe depression find unlikely solution in vitamins

VICE features how Lisa Pan, MD, began to find that many of her patients had metabolic deficiencies that could be treated with a type of B vitamin in place of missing proteins and small molecules. Learn More

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Doctors push back on study suggesting elite education leads to fewer opioid scrips

Pitt's Walid Gellad, MD, who trained at Harvard, counters, “Many more of those top-tier medical school graduates are probably in clinical practices where they see fewer patients.” Learn More

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
STAT Op-ed: Why use abuse-deterrent opioids without evidence that they work?

"This feels like déjà vu all over again," warn Pitt's Bernie Good, MD, Chronis Manolis, RPh, and William Shrank, MD. Learn More

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