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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Psychiatry team awarded $5M NIH grant to study effects of drug use on developing brain

Investigators will study children who haven't used drugs and then monitor them through adolescence, as their risk for substance abuse and other mental health disorders increases.  Learn More

Monday, June 13, 2016
TIME: Petition decrying Olympics in Brazil due to Zika virus "naive," says Pitt's Marques

For one thing, the summer games occur during Brazil's winter, says Ernesto Marques, MD, PhD, of the Center for Vaccine Research. The mosquito-borne virus has been linked to severe brain damage. Learn More

Friday, June 10, 2016
Urban tapped to head NIH study section

Neurobiologist Nathan Urban, PhD, will chair NIH's Somatosensory and Chemosensory Systems Study Section for the Center for Scientific Review.  His term starts July 1. Learn More

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
PIND scientists find why alpha-synuclein is key in Parkinson’s disease

A team in the Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases shows how the pathological protein disrupts mitochondrial function, leading to low energy production and damaging cellular waste. Learn More

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Libertus receives Ritvo Innovation in Autism research award

Klaus Libertus, PhD, of the Learning Research and Development Center will observe motor development of infants in families with a history of autism to see if they are behind in  skills. Learn More

Monday, June 6, 2016
Cameron, Siegle win top awards in NSF-funded commercialization competition

Judy Cameron, PhD, got top honors for lay training to help children reach developmental milestones on time; Greg Siegle, PhD, won for a wearable sensor and stimulator for self-control of stress. Learn More

Sunday, June 5, 2016
NPR's Weekend Edition: Needleman's lifelong crusade to save children from lead poisoning

The good news: Lead levels in young children have dropped by more than 90 percent since the 1970s, when Herbert Needleman, MD, published his early research. But that's not enough. Learn More

Friday, June 3, 2016
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pitt, UPMC and CMU team up on drug study for brain injuries

Researchers will expose a matrix of cells to specific forces, and then test the effectiveness of various drugs in restoring normal cellular function or protecting cells from injury. Learn More

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
O'Hara swim club to host benefit for Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research

The event at Community Swim Club on Saturday, June 4, is supported by other local clubs, including Chapel Gate Swim Club, Fox Chapel Golf Club, Pittsburgh Field Club and Fox Chapel Racquet Club. Learn More

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
PITTMED cover story: Neurodegeneration experts hone in on mitochondria malfunction

Tim Greenamyre, MD, PhD, and colleagues are getting closer to potential new therapies and drugs for diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Huntington's.   Learn More

Sunday, May 29, 2016
How Pittsburgh Compound B may detect future risk of Alzheimer's

PET imaging to spot the biomarker has promise both for early detection and for sorting out dementia that isn't Alzheimer's, says Ann D. Cohen, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry. Learn More

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Vice chancellor Jeremy Berg named editor of SCIENCE

Science's new top editor is Jeremy Berg, PhD, associate senior vice chancellor for science strategy and planning in health sciences. Berg will serve a five-year term as editor-in-chief. Learn More

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
NPR's KJZZ: Screen for postpartum depression for a whole year after childbirth

“One screen might miss a vulnerable woman who, on a certain day, seems fine but really hasn’t been doing well,” says Erin Smith, MD, senior resident at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Learn More

Friday, May 20, 2016
Stop smoking, put on extra pounds: Study suggests a new reason for that sad fact

Mice that were cut off from nicotine gained a substantial amount of weight, even if their calorie intake remained the same; mice on even low levels of nicotine lost weight without eating any less. Learn More

Friday, May 20, 2016
NPR's WESA: Fighting the opioid epidemic in western Pennsylvania

Graduate School of Public Health Dean Donald Burke, MD, estimates that doctors could provide compassionate care while prescribing only about 20 percent of the current amount of drugs. Learn More

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Grace receives biological psychiatry award

Anthony Grace, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and professor of psychiatry and psychology, was given the Gold Medal Award at the annual meeting of the Society for Biological Psychiatry. Learn More

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
WALL STREET JOURNAL: How to get rid of back pain if you are among the desk-bound

Here are some stretches that are far better than touching your toes, advises Tony Delitto, PhD, professor of physical therapy and dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Learn More

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: How does the placenta shield against the devastation of Zika?

Virologist Carolyn Coyne, PhD, tests whether low levels of interferons in the maternal organ put developing babies at higher risk of neurological problems.   Learn More

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Study suggests 'Beating the Blues' by computer tops standard primary care

Certain on-line programs and support groups may be better for fighting anxiety and depression than a doctor visit, says the director of the Center for Behavioral Health and Smart Technology. Learn More

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Heavy social media use appears to exacerbate disordered eating

Jaime E. Sidani, PhD, and colleagues found higher risk of body-image issues among young adults who logged on most -- and gender, race and income didn't matter.   Learn More

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