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Friday, January 12, 2018
BBC: Primack says stay off social media in the half hour before bed

A tech-free 30 minutes is crucial to a good night's sleep, no matter how much time you spend on-line the rest of the day, according to studies by social media expert Brian Primack, MD, PhD. Learn More

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
The Economist: The hunt for smaller, safer, smarter brain implants

More precision is needed to generate fine-grained control signals to allow brain-computer interfaces to move individual fingers, says Andrew Schwartz, PhD. Learn More

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
WESA: The biological case for delaying school start times

Sleep researcher Peter Franzen, PhD, says forcing teens to follow adult sleep schedules results in reduced school performance, more car accidents and depression.  Learn More

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
CNBC: Is Apple to blame for teen tech addiction?

Brian Primack, MD, PhD, pushes back on the concept that parents can protect their kids from the ill effects of social media, which include depression, anxiety and feeling isolated. Learn More

Monday, January 8, 2018
Math postdoc awarded selective Swartz Foundation fellowship

Chengcheng Huang, PhD, is a computational neuroscientist who uses neuronal networks to model how the auditory part of the brain perceives pitch.  Learn More

Monday, January 8, 2018
TK Kozai reports on importance of glial cells for implanted brain electrodes

Takashi Kozai, PhD, is also working with Franca Cambi, MD, PhD, to study the role of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells in relation to brain-computer interface technology. Learn More

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Clinical trials set for 'bionic vision' implants in patients with macular degeneration

Up to five older patients with vision loss from atrophic dry macular degeneration will be surgically treated with a miniaturized wireless photovoltaic sub-retinal implant, developed in Paris.     Learn More

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Byrne sets sights on improving vision through gene editing

Leah Byrne, PhD, leads a team that is using CRISPR/Cas9 tools to replace malfunctioning genes in inherited retinal degeneration.  Learn More

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Tribune-Review: What to keep in mind about New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions set our brain to trigger us into action when we are not acting on the goal, says Greg Siegle, PhD. Learn More

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Philadelphia Inquirer: Warnings from Don Burke and other experts about the opioid crisis

The growing epidemic of addiction appears to be on the same trajectory as the early years of AIDS, says Donald S. Burke, dean of the Graduate School of Public Health. Learn More

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Defense department awards $2.5M to evaluate mental readiness of soldiers

The Pitt team aims to measure mental preparedness for military service with a variety of cognitive, behavioral and sensorimotor tests.  Learn More

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
$5.3M BRAIN Initiative grant funds sensory feedback study for below-knee prosthetics

Lee Fisher, PhD, and Doug Weber, PhD, aim to use spinal root stimulation to reduce phantom-limb pain and restore function in lower limb amputees. Learn More

Friday, December 15, 2017
NYT: Some toddlers born with Zika virus can't see, walk, or talk

Pitt's infectious disease expert Ernesto Marques, MD, PhD, who also works in Brazil, says the future of these children, born with microcephaly, is complicated by poverty and strained resources. Learn More

Thursday, December 14, 2017
ALS patients sought for new drug study

Researchers seek volunteers for a study to test if the drug Mexiletine II suppresses cortical hyperexcitability and slows disease progression in the sporadic form of ALS. Learn More

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Neuropsychiatric scientist receives distinguished investigator grant

Robert Sweet, MD, studies the basic mechanisms that lead to psychotic symptoms that develop in schizophrenia and about half of all people with Alzheimer's disease.  Learn More

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Young vapers are four times likelier than non-users to move on to tobacco

Pitts research contradicts common wisdom that use of electronic cigarettes is a relatively harmless habit. Learn More

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Strick honored for neuroscience research in psychosomatic medicine

Peter L. Strick, PhD, has been recognized for his use of a unique transneuronal tracing technique to reveal the neural basis of the brain-body connection. Learn More

Monday, December 4, 2017
Autism study suggests motor development and language skills are linked

Children with autism don't show the usual gains in vocabulary that appear as toddlers learn to walk, according to research by Jana Iverson, PhD. Learn More

Thursday, November 30, 2017
NATURE Q&A: Postdoc tackles minority access to health care and academic posts

Kale Edmiston, PhD, uses neuroimaging to study mood and anxiety disorders. He describes how living as an openly transgender researcher has inspired his outreach endeavours.  Learn More

Monday, November 13, 2017
Pitt-led international study shows extended window for thrombectomy after stroke

According to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, removing clots from blocked brain vessels may help even those stroke patients who arrive late to the emergency room.   Learn More

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