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Monday, May 20, 2019
Three Pitt researchers funded in $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

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Vision recruit focuses on the fovea

Susana da Silva, PhD, explores the role of retinoic acid in embryonic development of the pit at the back of the eye that is crucial for visual acuity. Learn More

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
PittMed feature: Creating marmoset models of neurodegeneration

Afonso Silva, PhD, brings his former NIH team to Pitt to perform 3D imaging and genetic engineering in the tiny monkey. Learn More

Monday, April 1, 2019
Gene editing may one day cut away pain

In Wired magazine, microbiologist Joseph Glorioso III, PhD, talks about using gene therapy and viruses to deliver a drug that can shut down hyperexcitable nerves. Learn More

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
How the brain 'listens' for distinct features in sound

In Nature Communications, neurobiologist Vatsun Sadagopan, PhD, and team describe their work with marmosets to explore how the auditory system achieves accurate speech recognition. Learn More

Friday, March 22, 2019
How virtual reality may provide a new EEG-based therapy for autism

Murat Akcakaya, PhD, and Carla A. Mazefsky, PhD, receive $550K NSF award to provide patients with neural feedback so they can learn to regulate their emotions in simulated situations. Learn More

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
PBS: Donnelly team 'baits' proteins behind ALS, frontotemporal dementia

The research group reports in Neuron that they have found a way to trap TDP-43, so it doesn’t form toxic clumps that can cause neurodegeneration. Learn More

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Graham-Zhang team identifies brain protein crucial to stroke recovery

The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examines the role of UCHL1, which may be a viable drug target after stroke.  Learn More

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Dean Levine to take new role in Brain Institute

After 20 years as medical school dean, Arthur Levine, MD, is opening a new lab to investigate basic mechanisms that lead to Alzheimer's disease. Learn More

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Erasing cocaine-cue memories could help prevent relapse

In a study in Cell Reports, Mary Torregrossa, PhD, and colleagues used optogenetics to control specific neurons to stop cocaine-seeking behavior in rats. Learn More

Thursday, December 27, 2018
"Neuritosis" may explain why neurons shrink in Huntington's disease

Robert Friedlander, MD, PhD, and colleagues have been able to visualize what happens in the run-up before cell death in neurodegenerative diseases.  Learn More

Thursday, December 20, 2018
Swanson team gets $1.2M NSF award for Big Brain Data project

Computer engineer Heng Huang, PhD, leads a team that will design a framework for sharing data for multi-site collaborations in neuroimaging genomics and human connectomics. Learn More

Thursday, December 13, 2018
PittMed profiles viral vector expert Leah Byrne

The assistant professor of ophthalmology works to deliver genes into retinal neurons, as a way to cure and prevent blindness. Learn More

Friday, November 30, 2018
PBT cover story: Making Pittsburgh a leading center for vision restoration

For José-Alain Sahel, MD, time is of the essence when it comes to getting the UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital up and running. Learn More

Monday, November 19, 2018
The New Yorker: How to control a machine with your brain

The magazine takes a long-form look at the neuroscience that underlies Pitt's use of brain-computer interfaces to allow paralyzed people to use robots to move again. Learn More

Friday, November 16, 2018
Pitt, UPMC to receive $6M from NFL for concussion-related research

The research project is titled, “Prevalence of Brain Health versus Neurodegeneration in Professional Football Retirees.” Learn More

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