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Wednesday, December 2, 2015
PITTMED: One man's journey with ALS, charted in photos

A look back at Neil Alexander's years as ALS activist and philanthropist, through the lens of Pittsburgh photographer Duane Rieder. Learn More

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
THE ATLANTIC: The Pitt scientists who changed the course of concussion research

Read excerpts of Concussion, the new book by Jeanne Marie Laskas that chronicles studies of degenerated brains in former NFL players, including Mike Webster of the Steelers. Learn More

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Pitt scientists featured in book and Ridley Scott movie on concussion in NFL

Penguin Random House has timed the book Concussion to be on store shelves during the weeks before the Christmas Day release of the Ridley Scott movie of the same name. Learn More

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
PittMED: Streaming video from mouse brain helps Ahmari study OCD

New technology in the form of a mini-microscope lets Susanne Ahmari, MD, PhD, watch hundreds of neurons in real time, to examine a model of obsessive compulsive disorder. Learn More

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Pitt neuroscientist heads NIH study on biomarkers that link Down syndrome with Alzheimer's

Ben Handen, Ph.D., will lead a multi-center study to track Alzheimer's-related changes in the brains of  adults with Down syndrome. Learn More

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Pitt bioengineers get $4.7M from NIH to advance brain implant technology

In  two studies, scientists will use two-photon, live-animal imaging to examine the cellular response around electrode implant sites and will focus on damage to the brain caused by implanted probes. Learn More

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Novel engineering may let paraplegics walk using exoskeletons

Mechanical engineers at Pitt aim to harness patients' own muscle power with electrical stimulation, and combine that technique with an exoskeleton to allow the paralyzed to walk on their own. Learn More

Saturday, November 7, 2015
NIDA director lauds large-scale smoking study by Pitt scientsts

A 10-center study led by Pitt psychologist Eric C. Donny shows that cutting nicotine levels leads to major health benefits for smokers, says Nora Volkow, head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Learn More

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
NPR interview: Pitt sociologist Margee Kerr talks about fear (and Halloween)

NPR features the author of Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear (Public Affairs; $26.99). Learn More

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Trib Review: Pitt psych team to track 550 kids as they grow up

Researchers plan to use brain imaging, as well as psychological and behavioral tools, to measure brain structure and function in 9- and 10-year-olds. The study will continue for 10 years. Learn More

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Aging institute head Chip Reynolds receives Grand Champion award from UPMC Senior Services

Charles F. Reynolds III, M.D., has been honored for his research, leadership and advocacy, particularly in the area of geriatric psychiatry. Learn More

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Fierce scientific race to create "natural" BCI is subject of new book

Author Malcolm Gay features a Pitt neuroscientist and a patient-volunteer in his new book on the scientific competition to enable brain-controlled movement in the paralyzed. Learn More

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Psychiatry faculty garner multiple national awards and honors

Young investigators and senior scientists in Pitt's psychiatry department have been awarded an array of scholarly honors, research grants and recognition for highly influential papers. Learn More

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Pitt study could lead to mine-sweeping robots that detect odors

Hear neurobiologist Nathan Urban and mathematician Bard Ermentrout discuss their $6.4 million NSF grant to uncover the mysteries of scent localization, on 90.5 WESA. Learn More

Monday, October 19, 2015
NPR interviews author of "The Brain Electric," featuring Pitt BCI research

Listen to a 5-minute interview with book author Malcolm Gay, who discusses Pitt's efforts to allow a quadriplegic volunteer to use her brain signals to control a robotic arm that she named "Hector." Learn More

Saturday, October 17, 2015
Concussions are treatable, experts conclude at NFL-sponsored scientific meeting at UPMC

Treatment of the worst side effects is better than extended rest and restriction from activities, the 37 concussion experts announce. Learn More

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Oct. 29 film event: Treating dementia with music

The Alzheimer Disease Research Center will screen "Alive Inside," an award-winning film that captures the transformative results of treating dementia with music, on Thursday, Oct. 29. Learn More

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Yan Dong earns Jacob P Waletsky Award for basic research on addiction

Yan Dong found that that exposure to cocaine produces long-lasting changes in communication between brain regions implicated in motivation and reward, with implications for relapse to drug seeking. Learn More

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Brain Institute recruits young investigator to Neurobiology of Dementia initiative

Amantha Thathiah, PhD, who studies the cellular and molecular pathways involved in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease, will join Pitt's faculty in January. Learn More

Friday, October 2, 2015
Pitt scientist pens SCIENCE op-ed on future of neurotechnology

Recent progress in neural prosthetics has been achieved largely when complexity is not only recognized but used to advantage, says neurobiologist Andrew Schwartz. Learn More

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