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Friday, November 1, 2019
In SCIENCE: Sharper artificial vision for blind people

Whether trial participants with retinitis pigmentosa will gain useful vision from an optogenetics technique should become clear next year, says José-Alain Sahel, MD, PhD, chair of ophthalmology. Learn More

Thursday, October 31, 2019
Cui, Stauffer team with CMU to 'hear' how neurons communicate

Xinyan Tracy Cui, PhD, and William Stauffer, PhD, plan to combine optical imaging with electrical recording and focal chemical stimulation, all from a small neural probe. Learn More

Thursday, October 31, 2019
Caroline Runyan receives NIH Director's Award

Runyan uses imaging and cell manipulation to examine the brain’s ability to flexibly control perception and behavior in different situations. Learn More

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Augmented-reality system may improve rehab after stroke

Pitt and Northeastern received a $1.2M NSF award to develop the portable system, which would use real-time EEG to detect and monitor one-sided visual neglect. Learn More

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Tracy Cui receives $2.3M award to improve neuroelectrode technology

The NIH BRAIN Initiative grant will allow Cui and colleagues to improve and test a biocompatible coating for implantable microelectrode arrays used in brain-computer interfaces. Learn More

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Runyan lab receives NIH Director's New Innovator Award

Caroline A. Runyan, PhD, heads the project, "Communication Between Networks: Context, Inhibition, and Neuromodulation." Learn More

Friday, September 27, 2019
Pitt scientists receive $32M to study opioid addiction, chronic pain

The nine grants to Pitt and UPMC were awarded as part of NIH's Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative. Learn More

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Bioengineer aims to help stroke survivors fix their gait

Gelsy Torres-Oviedo, PhD uses mathematical tools and perception experiments to overcome unawareness of asymmetric movement. Learn More

Friday, July 26, 2019
In CELL: 'Anticipatory immunity' derives from nerves in skin

Daniel Kaplan, MD, PhD, says his team's findings show pain-sensing nerves activate immune responses and signal protective immunity in sites next to an infection. Learn More

Friday, July 19, 2019
What Nathan Copeland (who has a brain implant) thinks about Neuralink

The pioneer BCI subject tells MIT Tech Review: "Maybe it will work the way they want, down the road." Learn More

Friday, July 19, 2019
Why do people with well-controlled HIV still have cognitive problems?

An analysis in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, by senior author John Mellors, MD, highlights the persistence of infected cells in cerebrospinal fluid. Learn More

Friday, July 19, 2019
RK Mellon grants $6K for vision restoration research

The cortical vision research program, led by Jose-Alain Sahel, MD, aims to develop new ways to restore vision using technology, including brain computer interfaces and novel genetic applications.  Learn More

Thursday, July 18, 2019
In PNAS: Molecule may halt neuronal death after stroke

Elias Aizenman, PhD, and colleagues are now examining the molecule - cpd5  - in animal models to gauge its potential as a drug therapy.  Learn More

Friday, June 28, 2019
NSF awards $500K for research to create neuromorphic vision system

Ryad Benosman, PhD, and Feng Xiong, PhD, head the project, which has potential applications for neuroprosthetics and self-driving cars. Learn More

Monday, June 17, 2019
How chronic abdominal pain affects your brain -- and what to do about it

Eva Szigethy, MD, PhD, describes how chronic pain can actually rewire your brain so you experience even more suffering and distress, and offers techniques to help reverse these effects. Learn More

Monday, May 20, 2019
Three Pitt neuroinvestigators funded by $20M DARPA program

The Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology program aims to develop a high-resolution, portable neural interface system to allow able-bodied people to connect their minds with machines. Learn More

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Anti-stress brain chemical is related to PTSD resilience after trauma

A study in Biological Psychiatry suggests that nociceptin-receptor density may become a biomarker of resilience in the evaluation of PTSD, says  lead author Rajesh Narendran, MD. Learn More

Monday, April 15, 2019
Brain Modulation Lab study: Stimulation remodels the epileptic brain

As reported in JAMA Neurology, treatment with responsive neurostimulation progressively disrupts hyper-synchronous brain activity, to make patients less susceptible to seizures. Learn More

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Ganguli receives Distinguished Scientist award

The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry has honored Mary Ganguli, MD, for her research on the epidemiology of the aging brain and late-life mental disorders. Learn More

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Sweet awarded for research in geriatric psychiatry

The American College of Psychiatrists has honored Robert Sweet, MD, for his investigation of common genetic risk factors and brain circuits across schizophrenia and Alzheimer's. Learn More

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