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Monday, September 26, 2016
Run a mile, eat 6 donuts, run again for ALS research

A CMU fraternity has pledged to raise $500K for the Brain Institute's Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research.  The third annual Donut Dash, open to all, will start at Schenley Plaza on Sunday morning. Learn More

Thursday, September 22, 2016
NIH awards up to $14M for maternal stress study

Alison Hipwell, PhD, and colleagues at Pitt and the University of Chicago will test whether a mother's exposure to stress before pregnancy is a predictor of neurodevelopment in her children. Learn More

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Szigethy awarded Sherman Prize for Excellence in Crohn’s and Colitis

Eva Szigethy, MD, PhD, integrates care for children and adults with inflammatory bowel disease — teaching behavioral specialists about the gut and medical specialists about the brain. Learn More

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
CBS Pittsburgh: Sleep habits linked to marijuana, alcohol use in teens

Boys who consistently slept fewer hours at age 11 were far more likely to smoke and drink as teens, says Brant Hasler, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and psychology. Learn More

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Brain Institute hires Lauren Ward as program director

Lauren Ward, former director of foundation relations at CMU, has been recruited to increase the visibility of the Brain Institute and aid faculty in competing for large grants.  Learn More

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Brain Gain Gala recognizes four Doctors of Distinction

The Ladies Hospital Aid Society chooses the Brain Institute and the Neurological Institute for its 118th benefit.  Learn More

Friday, September 9, 2016
KDKA-TV: Using fiber-tracking to treat glioblastoma, save sight

Neurological surgery chair Robert Friedlander, MD, discusses the life-saving technology, developed at Pitt and UPMC, that draws patients from around the world. Learn More

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Huffington Post: How teens can reduce stress through mindfulness training

Brian Galla, PhD, a Research Scientist in the Learning Research and Development Center, reported his findings in the Journal of Adolescence. Learn More

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Trib-Review: Bioanalytical chemist lauded for Alzheimer's research

Renã Robinson, PhD, is named one of the nation's "Talented 12" by Chemical & Engineering News, for her work on what sets off the changes that lead to Alzheimer's disease. Learn More

Friday, September 2, 2016
Pitt awards six grants for Zika research

In the wake of no direct federal funding, Pitt funds studies of the mosquito-borne viral infection that produces microcephaly and raises risk of Guillain-Barre and other neurological disorders. Learn More

Monday, August 29, 2016
Playing with a concussion doubles recovery time for teen athlets

A study in the journal Pediatrics shows that continuing to play despite a concussion doubles recovery time and leads to worse short-term mental function than in those immediately removed from action. Learn More

Saturday, August 27, 2016
Robertson named to NIH neuroscience grant panel

Anne M. Robertson, PhD, professor of mechanical engineering, materials science and bioengineering, has been appointed to NIH's Neuroscience and Ophthalmic Imaging Technologies Study Section. Learn More

Friday, August 26, 2016
The Atlantic: Why one neuroscientist started blasting his core

Peter L. Strick, PhD, discusses a new anatomical understanding of how movement controls the body’s stress response system. Learn More

Friday, August 26, 2016
PittMed cover story: José-Alain Sahel on restoring sight

Observers predict that the new ophthalmology chairman will build a Pittsburgh equivalent of his renowned Institut de la Vision, attracting researchers from all over the world.  Learn More

Monday, August 22, 2016
Post-Gazette: How Pitt researchers learned metabolism to blame for some depression

Psychiatrist Lisa Pan and geneticists Jerry Vockley and David Finegold looked at patients' cerebral spinal fluid for answers. Learn More

Monday, August 15, 2016
Pitt neuroscientists identify neural networks that connect cerebral cortex to adrenal medulla

The findings, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shed new light on how stress and depression can alter organ function. Learn More

Monday, August 15, 2016
Effects of frequent marijuana use last long after stopping

Teen boys who regularly use marijuana are at higher risk of paranoia and hallucinations, even a year after they stop using the drug, according to a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Learn More

Friday, August 12, 2016
Cortical biomarkers differentiate psychotic, bipolar disorders

Presence of certain biomarkers in patients with schizophrenia, as well as schizoaffective or bipolar disorders, suggests heightened risk of cognitive impairment that might be treatable.   Learn More

Friday, August 12, 2016
Correcting metabolic deficiencies shows promise for treatment-resistant depression

Research in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that identifying metabolic deficiencies in patients with unrelieved depression can lead to major improvement, even remission. Learn More

Monday, August 8, 2016
Commentary: Zika spreads through routine travel, so stop focusing on Rio

Infectious-disease specialist Amesh Adalja, MD, says pregnant women are the only ones who should avoid attending the Olympics, to prevent any chance of newborns with microcephaly. Learn More

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