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Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Pitt neuropathlogist warns about limits in studies of mass shooter's brain

Clayton Wiley, MD, PhD, says the tools of a forensic pathologist are relatively crude, and evidence of brain degeneration or trauma can't explain or excuse aberrant behavior. Learn More

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
The Scientist: Presynaptic neurons fine-tune dopamine signaling

The work by Zachary Freyberg, MD, PhD, and colleagues, reported in Neuron, suggests an unexpected mechanism by which presynaptic neurons can be regulated. Learn More

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Brain response to certain words may predict who's at higher risk for suicide

In Nature Human Behavior, senior author David Brent, MD, Lisa Pan, MD, and colleagues used functional MR scans to identify characteristic neural patterns when people read death-related words. Learn More

Monday, October 30, 2017
Pittwire: Researchers examine the upsides of fear

Margee Kerr, PhD, and Greg Siegle, PhD, consider the extent to which we can use “fun-scary” experiences to treat conditions like social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Learn More

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Alzforum: Are amyloid beta oligomers a no-go for synapses?

Neurobiologist Zachary Wills, PhD, and colleagues describe in Neuron how Aβ binds to the Nogo receptor, a key inhibitor of synapse formation during development. Learn More

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Chet Mathis receives grant from Michael J. Fox Foundation and Tau Consortium

The PET Facility director will use imaging tracers to detect alpha-synuclein and tau proteins that aggregate in the brains of people with degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and dementia. Learn More

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Research shows a mindfulness mobile app reduces stress hormone and BP

The key to the smartphone app's success in reducing cortisol levels and systolic blood pressure was an added component, which emphasizes acceptance of emotional discomfort.   Learn More

Friday, October 20, 2017
New Scientist: Disabling the nerves that help cancer spread

Neurobiologists Brian Davis, PhD, and Jami Saloman, PhD, blunt the sensory neurons involved in pancreatic cancer in mice. Chemical injections may slow cancer growth, and stop intense pain. Learn More

Friday, October 20, 2017
New finding about cell-death process may lead to more effective treatment after traumatic brain injury

The study, reported in Cell, points to the potential for targeting the ferroptotic pathway with drugs, to halt continuing cell death after a traumatic brain injury.   Learn More

Friday, October 13, 2017
Brain Day 2017 to feature basic research on Alzheimer's, brain-computer interfaces and more

Brain Day offers Pitt's 150 neuroscientists a chance to meet with advocates, donors and colleagues in other departments.  The event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, 26, at the University Club. Learn More

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Science 2017 features VR art installation featuring brain images

Alan Watson, PhD, worked with virtual reality company SyGlass to combine thousands of confocal microscope images into three dimensions.  The technology may have applications for treating glaucoma. Learn More

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Stem-cell therapy improves outcome for children with Krabbe disease

Hematopoietic-stem cell transplantation in an infant's first seven weeks extended survival and reduced muscle weakness and cognitive deficits in children who were followed for up to 15 years.   Learn More

Monday, October 9, 2017
Pittwire: BRAIN Initiative grant helps psychologists figure out how people learn math

The team, led by Melissa Libertus, PhD, uses behavioral assessments and functional magnetic resonance imaging to determine how key neural connections are made, and how they change over time.     Learn More

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
NBC News: Scientists foresee fixes for retinal blindness

Researchers at Pitt are trying to grow a functioning optic nerve and are part of a consortium with Harvard and University of California-San Diego that aims to transplant a human eye. Learn More

Friday, September 29, 2017
Q&A: Jamie Hanson on how poverty affects a child's brain and imagination

A British blogger seeks out the Brain Institute recruit to ask about how growing up poor can result in deficits in attention and working memory, as well as a measurably smaller hippocampus.  Learn More

Friday, September 29, 2017
Alzheimer Disease Research Center calls for proposals for seed grants

Deadline to apply for an ADRC grant is Friday, Oct. 6. Grants of up to $25K are intended to fund innovative preliminary studies relevant to Alzheimer's disease. Learn More

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Popular Science asks Kontos: "Should I be worried about how many concussions I've had?"

Time between injuries matters more than the absolute number, says Anthony Kontos, PhD, Research Director at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, and rest isn't always best. Learn More

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

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