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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Pattern of marijuana use in teens may affect psychosocial outcomes in adulthood

Boys who occasionally used cannabis at age 15 or 16 and then escalated that use through age 19 showed the most dysfunction in brain reward circuitry and were more prone to depression. Learn More

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Washington Post: Research pioneer in cognitive effects of lead on children has died

Herbert Needleman, MD, linked low levels of lead exposure to lower IQ and behavioral problems. His work led to the phasing out of lead from gasoline, paint and other products. Learn More

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Alzheimer's expert receives 2017 Zaven Khachaturian Award

William Klunk, MD, PhD, was recognized in London for his many contributions to dementia research, including his influential work with amyloid neuroimaging, which is used to diagnose Alzheimer’s. Learn More

Thursday, July 13, 2017
​Pittsburgh-Paris partnership: Sahel links Pitt with three French research institutes

A new agreement will enable collaboration on fundamental research, development of novel therapeutics and clinical trials, with an initial focus on ophthalmology, vision and neuroscience. Learn More

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Pitt effort aims to bolster social skills of autistic adults

Shaun Eack, PhD, hopes to adapt therapy that has helped adults with schizophrenia find and keep satisfying work. Participants learn to read nonverbal clues and imagine the perspective of others. Learn More

Saturday, July 8, 2017
Pitt's BrainPort to be featured in PBS documentary

Produced by Pitt alum David Fleishman, MD, the film looks at innovations from the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration that transform visual information to touch. The film airs on Oct. 13. Learn More

Thursday, July 6, 2017
"Risk calculator" shows promise for predicting bipolar disorder in children

Daniella Hafeman, MD, PhD, and colleagues report in JAMA Psychiatry that subthreshold manic or depressive symptoms can precede onset of bipolar disorder by two to 10 years. Learn More

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Slowed walking may signal mental decline due to shrinking right hippocampus

Repeated brain scans of older adults revealed a single brain area that related to both gait slowing and cognitive impairment, Andrea Rosso, PhD. and colleagues report. Learn More

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Commentary: Whole genomes may hold clues to autism, but patience is key

Pitt's Bernie Devlin, PhD, and Harvard's Michael Talkowski, PhD, are developing new statistical and bioinformatics methods to interpret the impact of mutations that alter gene regulation. Learn More

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Pitt study casts new light on neurodevelopment of schizophrenia

Kenneth Fish, PhD, says that normal pruning of a special class of inhibitory nerve cells in the prefrontal cortex may be blunted in schizophrenia. Learn More

Monday, June 12, 2017
WESA: Why white-noise therapy may prevent tinnitus

Exposure to moderate-level noise soon after you experience loud, potentially damaging sounds seems to be much better than silence for averting development of ringing in the ears, says Karl Kandler. Learn More

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Brain Institute associate director appointed to new posts in provost's office

Nathan Urban, PhD, leaves his special projects position, to become vice provost for graduate studies and strategic initiatives. Urban will also lead development efforts. Learn More

Monday, June 5, 2017
New Pittwire features mathematician Brent Doiron

Doiron has received a $2.2M Vannevar Bush fellowship. He and his colleagues have created a mathematical model that can predict the actions of many neurons. Learn More

Monday, June 5, 2017
Research funds available for Parkinson's disease projects

Deadline for proposals requesting up to $40,000 is Monday, July 3.   Learn More

Thursday, June 1, 2017
PBS NOVA Next: The man who warned the world about lead

PBS chronicles the decades of groundbreaking work by Herbert Needleman, who showed that chronic, low-level lead poisoning can cause devastating neurological impairment in children. Learn More

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Pitt neuroscientists call for cautious optimism about anti-acne drug for treating MS

In an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine, Zongqi Xia, MD, PhD,  and Robert Friedlander, MD, urge more study of the effect of minocycline in the earliest stage of multiple sclerosis. Learn More

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
More than a third of teen girls suffer a first bout of depression

The study in Translational Psychiatry found more depression in adolescents than previously thought, and far more girls than boys are affected. Learn More

Saturday, May 27, 2017
PittMed tells the story behind Gladwin's hunt for an antidote to carbon monoxide poisoning

Pure happenstance prompted Mark Gladwin, MD, to try a genetically engineered version of a molecule called neuroglobin, which the brain produces naturally. Learn More

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
How a baffling case of suicidal depression opened up a whole new set of treatment options

PittMed features physician-scientist Lisa Pan, MD, who discovered unexpected metabolic deficiencies in some of her depressed patients, for whom no previous treatments had worked. Learn More

Monday, May 22, 2017
Philadelphia Inquirer: How neurofeedback can help you think yourself out of depression

After success with fMRI, Kymberly Young, PhD, is studying whether comparable results are possible with electroencephalograms, which would be more affordable for broad use. Learn More

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