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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Winning Wednesday: CNN posts "Obama's finest fist bumps"

Pitt's own Nathan Copeland makes the cut, with a brain-controlled robotic arm and hand. Copeland, paralyzed since 2004, bumped fists at the White House Frontiers Conference. Learn More

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
STAT: Surgeons plan for eye transplants within decade

Team surgeon Kia Washington, MD, predicts that a blind face-transplant candidate will receive the first whole eye transplant. Learn More

Monday, November 21, 2016
ALS research center gets massive boost from LiveLikeLou.org

Donors to the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research are recognized on a wall installation that was unveiled today on the walkway between UPMC Presbyterian and Montefiore.   Learn More

Monday, November 21, 2016
NBC Nightly News: Exercise can help concussed brain recover faster

Micky Collins, PhD, is featured on findings that children who exercise within a week of sustaining a concussion report half the symptoms a month later, compared with those who rest. Learn More

Friday, November 18, 2016
Steelers help launch Chuck Noll Foundation for brain injury research with $1M

Neurosurgeon Joseph Maroon, MD, is on the national medical advisory panel that will help evaluate which research programs the Noll Foundation will fund. Learn More

Friday, November 18, 2016
Structural connections in your brain make for unique "fingerprint"

Frank Yeh, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurological surgery, and colleagues at CMU used diffusion MRI to map connections and then identify subjects with near-perfect  accuracy. Learn More

Thursday, November 17, 2016
All in your head: Neural networks that influence organ function

PittMed forecasts what will follow from the first study to map the elusive networks that connect an internal organ all the way to the brain. Learn More

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Pitt, Pfizer aim to develop statistical model to identify drivers of brain disease

The study will relate abnormal anatomical variations in brain structure, measured by MRI, to genetic markers of disease such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer's.    Learn More

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Trib-Review: BrainPort device helps blind kids sense nearby shapes with tongue

Children's Hospital is testing "Braille for the mouth" -- a lollipop-type gadget, teamed with a video camera mounted to sunglasses, that sends visual information to the brain. Learn More

Monday, November 14, 2016
Using light makes for versatile brain scanner, especially for babies

Ted Huppert, PhD, assistant professor of radiology, uses functional near infrared spectroscopy, which can measure brain activity while subjects are moving around. Learn More

Friday, November 11, 2016
Study shows yoga improves focus, reduces stress for people with schizophrenia

Once skeptical, Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, MD, PhD, now works with colleagues at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic to turn yoga into a standard part of schizophrenia treatment. Learn More

Friday, November 11, 2016
Cuddling as medicine for newborns in opiate withdrawal

Between five to 10 percent of babies at Magee Hospital are born addicted to opioids. Rocking, singing softly and holding them tight help these struggling infants.  Learn More

Thursday, November 10, 2016
NBC Today: Is this headache serious?

Laurie Knepper, MD, associate professor of neurology, describes the differences in how brain aneurysms, migraines and tension headaches feel. Learn More

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Team closes in on lab test for bipolar disorder

Mary Phillips, MD, and colleagues use statistical analysis of fMRI data to look for telling differences from normal interactions between certain brain regions. Learn More

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
PREVENTION: 10 things you might not know about circadian rhythm

Immunity is highest in the morning, which means you might consider getting a flu shot early in the day, says Colleen McClung, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry. Learn More

Saturday, November 5, 2016
$21.8M study to examine link between exercise and brain health in older adults

Kirk Erickson, PhD, director of Pitt’s Brain Aging and Cognitive Health Lab, will head the five-year, Phase III study with a grant from the National Institute on Aging. Learn More

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Stauffer uses optogenetics to activate reward circuits in primates

Researchers were able to alter animals' decisions by using the light-flashing technique to stimulate dopamine neurons in a region called the ventral tegmental area. Learn More

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Large postmortem brain study reveals clues to schizophrenia

Bernie Devlin, PhD, is co-lead investigator of a Nature Neuroscience study that ties 20 DNA variants to changes in expression of particular genes related to higher risk of schizophrenia. Learn More

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
New model holds promise for predicting brain dynamics

Mathematician Brent Doiron, PhD, vision scientist Matt Smith, PhD, and colleagues describe spatial structure of correlated neuronal variability in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Learn More

Friday, October 28, 2016
Tag teams of spinners to pedal for ALS treatment, cure

Live Like Lou has a new spin on its annual fundraising bike ride -- a spin-a-thon set for Saturday, Nov. 19, in O'Hara Township.  Proceeds go to ALS research at Pitt. Learn More

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