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Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Pitt launches study of depression treatment for adults over 60

"Depressed older adults often see little benefit from the medications that we typically use,” says Jordan F. Karp, MD, lead researcher of the Pittsburgh study site. Learn More

Monday, April 3, 2017
Neurobiologists identify new brain pathway for control of hand movements

The neural pathway originates from the posterior parietal cortex, which scientists used to think was involved only in associating sensory inputs and building a representation of extrapersonal space. Learn More

Monday, April 3, 2017
STAT readers say Pitt's prosthetic arm that can 'feel' is top innovation of 2016

The first STAT Madness bracket pitted 32 discoveries published in peer-reviewed journals last year against one another to find the best new ideas in science and medicine. Learn More

Monday, April 3, 2017
WESA: What we can learn from family with gene mutation for Alzheimer's

Early intervention is the goal, says William Klunk, MD, PhD. Knowing who is destined to develop the disease, and who isn't, makes it easier to identify biomarkers that are present before symptoms. Learn More

Friday, March 31, 2017
Neuroprosthetics project makes it to finals in #STATMadness

The last bracket:  Pitt's work on restoring the sense of touch through a brain-computer interface is up against Michigan's sepsis test.  You can vote. Learn More

Friday, March 31, 2017
WQED: "Before Stage Four - Confronting Early Psychosis"

A Pittsburgh public television documentary features Pitt brain research that could help predict which teens will become psychotic, so that families can intervene early. Learn More

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
NEW YORK TIMES: Author Q&A on writing about early-onset Alzheimer's

Niki Kapsambelis talks about what she learned through interviews with a large family susceptible to the disease, and the Pitt research scientists who are trying to get to the bottom of it. Learn More

Monday, March 27, 2017
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: ALS lab is going strong, with funds from LiveLikeLou.org

Researchers try to keep certain proteins from entering the wrong parts of cells and then clumping in the brain and spinal cord, a process that appears to lead to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Learn More

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
WESA: Gene study sheds light on puzzling link between schizophrenia and arthritis

Psychiatry professor Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, MD, PhD, has found 29 genetic markers that help explain why people with rheumatoid arthritis rarely develop schizophrenia. Learn More

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Pitt Med Q&A: How it feels to use brain-computer interfaces

The medical school magazine interviews Nathan Copeland about his role in a scientific "first": using a robotic arm that can sense touch. Learn More

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
NIH Director blogs about Brian Primack study of social media use

"Is social media making us lonelier?" Francis Collins asks, reacting to Pitt's national survey of young adults who are heavy users of platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Learn More

Monday, March 13, 2017
Round 2 in #statmadness features Pitt neuroscience

Pitt's brain-controlled robotic arm vies against Northwestern's hyperelastic bone in STAT's sports-style bracket to name the “best innovation in science and medicine” of 2016. You can vote. Learn More

Monday, March 13, 2017
Richardson named to board of directors of local Parkinson's foundation

Watch a man with severe Parkinson's disease dance at his daughter's wedding after deep-brain stimulation surgery by Mark Richardson, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurological surgery.   Learn More

Sunday, March 12, 2017
NYT Sunday: Life with Zika babies a daily struggle punctuated by seizures and scares

“They’re going to live very long lives," says Zika expert Ernesto Marques, MD, PhD, of Pitt's Center for Vaccine Research, "and they will need assistance from someone 24 hours a day.” Learn More

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Engineers on track to create safer exoskeleton for walking

The Neuromuscular Control and Robotics Laboratory is developing an ultrasound sensor system for a device that uses nerve stimulation and external motors to help immobilized people walk again. Learn More

Monday, March 6, 2017
Pitt center to study neural diseases linked to misshapen proteins

The Center for Protein Conformational Diseases, set to launch in April, will study protein breakdown in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, as well as cystic fibrosis, organ disease and cancer. Learn More

Monday, March 6, 2017
Book chronicles William Klunk's dementia research with North Dakota family

Simon & Schuster releases "The Inheritance,” about a family susceptible to early-onset Alzheimer's and the Pitt researchers they’ve bonded with over a decade of work together. Learn More

Monday, March 6, 2017
NPR: Heavy social media use linked to feelings of isolation

In young adults, making lots of virtual contacts is tied to a sense of lower social connection, according to findings by Brian Primack, MD, PhD, and colleagues. Learn More

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Maltreated children have trouble as teens in predicting likely rewards

Jamie Hanson, PhD, and colleagues found these teens were more likely to be mistaken about consequences of their choice-based behavior, even after repeated feedback.  Learn More

Friday, February 24, 2017
Computational analysis sheds light on genetic links between schizophrenia, rheumatoid arthritis

The study of genetic variants and certain proteins helps explain an apparent inverse relationship in the prevalence and risk for the two disorders, as reported in a new publication by Nature. Learn More

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