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Wednesday, February 24, 2016
First trials of Salk vaccine were exactly 62 years ago

On this day in 1954, children from Arsenal Elementary School  received the first injections of the new polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk. Learn More

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Trib Review: Brazilian-born microbiologist is fighting Zika epidemic at its core

Ernesto Marques, MD, PhD, born in Recife, Brazil, talks about his work on a vaccine.  Recife is the epicenter of an outbreak of Zika virus, tentatively linked to microcephaly in newborns. Learn More

Sunday, February 21, 2016
PittMed launches podcasts that feature brain research

Listen to Sarah Ross, PhD, on the neurobiology of itch, Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD, on tinnitus, and Jim Funderburgh, PhD, on using stem cells from wisdom teeth to fight corneal blindness. Learn More

Sunday, February 21, 2016
Too little sleep during pregnancy linked with both excessive and low weight gain

Sleeping less than six hours or more than nine hours a night were detrimental to healthy weight gain, reports obstetrician Francesca Facco, MD. Learn More

Sunday, February 21, 2016
Richardson to test gene therapy for Parkinson's patients

Neurosurgeon Mark Richardson, MD, PhD, aims to prolong the effectiveness of levo-dopa by increasing production of a key enzyme essential to convert the drug into the neurotransmitter dopamine.     Learn More

Sunday, February 21, 2016
REUTERS HEALTH: Do proton pump inhibitors increase dementia risk?

The facts aren't clear, epidemiologist Lewis H. Kuller, MD, DrPh, writes in an editorial in JAMA Neurology.   Learn More

Saturday, February 20, 2016
Skidmore and Goldstein get Presidential Early Career Awards

Elizabeth Skidmore, PhD, was recognized for interventions following brain injury. Tina Goldstein, PhD, was honored for assessing mood disorders and preventing suicide in young patients. Learn More

Saturday, February 20, 2016
Neural control expert Zhi-Hong Mao receives Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award

The William Kepler Whiteford Faculty Fellow has advised more than 100 postgraduate students since his arrival from Harvard in 2005. Learn More

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
USA TODAY: Scientists debunk theory that pesticide caused microcephaly in Brazil

Infectious disease expert Ernesto Marques, now conducting research in Recife, Brazil, calls the claim, by Argentine environmentalists, "ridiculous." Learn More

Monday, February 15, 2016
Association for Psychological Science names three "Rising Stars"

Melissa-Evelyn Libertus, PhD, Rebecca B. Price, PhD, and Ming-Te Wang, PhD, were recognized for innovative work that has advanced the field and signals great potential for continued contributions. Learn More

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Children's receives $2.5M to study and treat rare neural disorders

The grants, from Legacy of Angels, support ongoing research of genetic neurodegenerative diseases, such as Krabbe disease and other leukodystrophies. The program is headed by Maria Luisa Escolar, MD. Learn More

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
NPR: Virus profilers race to figure out what makes Zika tick

Microbiologist Carolyn Coyne beats the back orders for samples of the virus, which may be linked to microcephaly and other brain defects in infants. Learn More

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Infectious-disease specialist lauds Florida for declaring Zika virus a public health emergency

The move gives the state time to get its mosquito population under control, says Amesh Adalja, MD. For now, pregnant women may still safely travel to Florida. Learn More

Friday, February 5, 2016
Avoiding pregnancy from March to May may be best advice for preventing problems with Zika virus

Vaccine researcher Ernesto  Marques, MD, PhD, explains to the New York Times why spring is the critical time for women to prevent potential brain defects in newborns. Learn More

Friday, February 5, 2016
USA TODAY: Urban on brain injuries that can be diagnosed only after death

Digital imaging that can detect telltale proteins may turn out to be the best bet for diagnosing extent of damage in a living brain, says Nathan Urban, PhD -- but that kind of tool is years off. Learn More

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Certain common viral Infections linked to mental decline in older adults

The good news is that these viral infections can be treated and even prevented, notes senior investigator Mary Ganguli, MD, professor of psychiatry. Learn More

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Cui elected to College of Fellows of AIMBE

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering limits fellows to the top 2% of the nation's bioengineers.Tracy Cui, PhD, develops biosensors and technology for neural interfaces.   Learn More

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
PNAS: Team describes distinctive structure of brain plaques in Huntington's

Patrick C.A. van der Wel, Ph.D., and colleagues used advanced nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to reveal levels of detail that could prove useful for creation of a designer drug. Learn More

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Scientists, what's your solution to ease the burden of pain?

Brief pre-applications for a Pain Research Challenge grant are due on Feb. 29. Three Pitt projects will be funded. Focus is on dynamics and causes of pain or ways to alleviate it. Learn More

Friday, January 29, 2016
Is the Zika virus contagious?

The short answer is no, according to Infectious-disease specialist Amesh Adalja, who breaks down how the virus is spread for Yahoo Health. Zika has been linked to severe brain damage in newborns. Learn More

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