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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

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Washington Post: Why Zika leaves uneven path of damage

Virologist Ernesto Marques, MD, PhD, offers leading theories on why one region of Brazil has been hit so hard with microcephaly cases. Learn More

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
International team of engineers, neurosurgeons to predict cerebral aneurysms

The team, led by Anne Robertson, PhD, William Kepler Whiteford Professor of Engineering, includes bioengineer Spandan Maiti, PhD, and Simon Watkins, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology. Learn More

Monday, October 24, 2016
Psychiatrist honored for pioneering work in late-life depression

Charles F. Reynolds, III, MD, has received the Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. Learn More

Monday, October 24, 2016
Team figures out how to induce visual hallucinations

Bard Ermentrout, PhD, reports that normal test subjects uniformly described the same visions. Objective studies of hallucinations might eventually lead to treatment for people with schizophrenia. Learn More

Sunday, October 23, 2016
World Polio Day honors Jonas Salk

World Polio Day commemorates the birth on Oct. 24 of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against polio. Key work took place in his Pittsburgh kitchen. Learn More

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Trib-Review: Focus on José-Alain Sahel

“The real organ for vision is the brain,” says Sahel, the new chairman of Pitt's Department of Ophthalmology and director of UPMC Eye Center. Learn More

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Expert consensus: Concussions treatable, but more research needed

Results of a national concussion conference, headed by Micky Collins, PhD, in PIttsburgh in October, are available on-line and will appear in the November issue of Neurosurgery. Learn More

Sunday, October 16, 2016
President Obama addresses Frontiers Conference with story about Pitt's latest BCI user

Hear President Obama talk about meeting Nathan Copeland, the latest volunteer in the development of a brain-computer interface that allows movement and sensation with a robotic arm. Learn More

Friday, October 14, 2016
Obama shakes hands with first person to feel with mind-controlled robotic hand

Nathan Copeland -- the first person to control a prosthetic limb that allows both movement and a sense of touch and pressure -- also gave the president a fistbump, for good measure. Learn More

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Paralyzed man feels sensation again, using mind-controlled robot hand

A Pitt team has shown how a young man recovered a sense of touch through fingers of a robotic arm controlled entirely with his brain, as reported in Science Translational Medicine. Learn More

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Richardson leads BRAIN Initiative study of the basal ganglia's role in speech

The $3.3M grant will let neurosurgeon Mark Richardson, MD, PhD, and his team examine the brain activity of Parkinson's patients, who will talk during deep brain stimulation surgery. Learn More

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Frontiers Conference to draw Obama, top scientists to Pittsburgh

The focus won't be on the latest paper or body of work, but what is coming next, says Nathan Urban, PhD,  vice provost for special projects and associate director of the Brain Institute.   Learn More

Friday, October 7, 2016
Hillman Foundation funds five novel neuroscience projects

The support helps the Brain Institute to better frame the national research agenda, as well as compete for large-scale federal funding opportunities, says Scientific Director Peter L. Strick. Learn More

Friday, October 7, 2016
Stauffer receives NIH's New Innovator award

Neurobiologist William Stauffer, PhD, has been recognized as a "creative, outside-the-box thinker" who combines optogenetics techniques with behavioral research to study how we process rewards. Learn More

Friday, October 7, 2016
Poor sleep may raise stroke, heart disease risk in midlife women

Psychiatry professor Rebecca Thurston, PhD, and colleagues found a link between poor sleep patterns and carotid atherosclerosis in women aged 40 to 60 years. Learn More

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Insomnia study shows overactive brain areas during sleep

Researchers found that scans of people who have trouble sleeping show higher-than-normal activity in certain brain regions when they are asleep, and lower-than-normal activity when they're awake. Learn More

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