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Thursday, August 31, 2017
WTAE: Early-onset Parkinson's patient seeks to boost PIND's efforts at cure

Seth Logan, 47, is launching a fundraising effort for the Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases. Learn More

Friday, August 25, 2017
PittMed: A glimpse into Pitt's brain bank

Thanks to support from the Hillman Foundation, neuropathologist Julia Kofler, MD, has been able to grant families' requests that she study the brains of their loved ones after death. Learn More

Friday, August 25, 2017
PittMed: Think happy thoughts in a scanner to train your amygdala

In a neurofeedback study, Kymberly Young, PhD, showed that subjects could use positive memories to lift their depression. Learn More

Thursday, August 24, 2017
Submit your abstract to present a poster at BRAIN DAY 2017

Deadline is Friday, Sept. 8, for easy, on-line submission of abstracts for Pitt's third annual Brain Day, to be held on Oct. 26.   Learn More

Thursday, August 24, 2017
REUTERS: Study shows brain activity tied to blood pressure during stress

"We're trying to decode brain patterns that can tell us about a person’s sensitivity to stress that might be connected with their risk of heart disease," says senior author Peter Gianaros, PhD. Learn More

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
NPR: ER interventions can help keep people off opioids

JAMA study lead author Julie Donohue, PhD, took a deep dive into what actions are typically taken in the hospital after a person survives an overdose. Learn More

Monday, August 21, 2017
BRAIN Initiative grants awarded to four Pitt research teams

Novel studies of how the brain works -- including how it does math, how we perceive the world and how we interact with others in daily life -- have more than $6M in backing from NSF and NIH. Learn More

Monday, August 21, 2017
Chautauqua Institution features lecture by Peter Strick

The founding scientific director of the Brain Institute talks about his growing interest in the brain's influence on immune function. Learn More

Thursday, August 17, 2017
NEURON: Researchers figure out how dopamine neurons keep up with demand

“Our findings demonstrate, for the first time, that neurons can change how much dopamine they release as a function of their overall activity," says Zachary Freyberg, MD, PhD.   Learn More

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Zinc study may reveal how our brains block background noises

Elias Aizenman, PhD, and Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD, have received a $1.24 million grant from the NSF to study a link between the metal zinc and control of auditory processing in the cerebral cortex. Learn More

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Teens with severe depression find unlikely solution in vitamins

VICE features how Lisa Pan, MD, began to find that many of her patients had metabolic deficiencies that could be treated with a type of B vitamin in place of missing proteins and small molecules. Learn More

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Doctors push back on study suggesting elite education leads to fewer opioid scrips

Pitt's Walid Gellad, MD, who trained at Harvard, counters, “Many more of those top-tier medical school graduates are probably in clinical practices where they see fewer patients.” Learn More

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
STAT Op-ed: Why use abuse-deterrent opioids without evidence that they work?

"This feels like déjà vu all over again," warn Pitt's Bernie Good, MD, Chronis Manolis, RPh, and William Shrank, MD. Learn More

Monday, August 7, 2017
The Scientist: Pain researcher urges against using popular chemogenetic tool

Serious off-target effects led Michael Gold, PhD, to drop the "DREADDS method" in his laboratory. The neurobiology professor says, "We're waving the red flag." Learn More

Monday, July 31, 2017
Trib-Review: NFL-related dementia findings prompt varying reactions in football families

“Both the NFL and the NCAA need to step up and participate in scientific data collection," says neuropathologist Ronald Hamilton, MD, who was featured in the movie, "Concussion," in 2015.  Learn More

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Pattern of marijuana use in teens may affect psychosocial outcomes in adulthood

Boys who occasionally used cannabis at age 15 or 16 and then escalated that use through age 19 showed the most dysfunction in brain reward circuitry and were more prone to depression. Learn More

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Washington Post: Research pioneer in cognitive effects of lead on children has died

Herbert Needleman, MD, linked low levels of lead exposure to lower IQ and behavioral problems. His work led to the phasing out of lead from gasoline, paint and other products. Learn More

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Alzheimer's expert receives 2017 Zaven Khachaturian Award

William Klunk, MD, PhD, was recognized in London for his many contributions to dementia research, including his influential work with amyloid neuroimaging, which is used to diagnose Alzheimer’s. Learn More

Thursday, July 13, 2017
​Pittsburgh-Paris partnership: Sahel links Pitt with three French research institutes

A new agreement will enable collaboration on fundamental research, development of novel therapeutics and clinical trials, with an initial focus on ophthalmology, vision and neuroscience. Learn More

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Pitt effort aims to bolster social skills of autistic adults

Shaun Eack, PhD, hopes to adapt therapy that has helped adults with schizophrenia find and keep satisfying work. Participants learn to read nonverbal clues and imagine the perspective of others. Learn More

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