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Thursday, July 9, 2020
Doctoral student challenges dogma on zinc function in synapses

The study, led by Elias Aizenman, PhD, and Thanos Tzounopoulos PhD, shows that zinc takes an unexpected route between neurons to affect one of its main targets, the NMDA receptor.   Learn More

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Guillain-Barre Syndrome may be linked to Covid-19

Neurologist Sherry H-Y. Chou, MD, and colleagues are tracking published reports for incidences of the neurological disorder, which was linked to the SARS and MERS pandemics. Learn More

Thursday, July 2, 2020
A message from the Brain Institute's new executive director

Arthur S. Levine, MD, describes how his career trajectory as a cancer biologist, scientific director at NIH, and Pitt's top leader in health sciences has led to his new focus on Alzheimer's disease. Learn More

Thursday, July 2, 2020
Funding available for studies of Alzheimer's and neuroimmunity

The Alzheimer's Association seeks requests for grants of up to $300K, including proposals that would transfer knowledge of immune function in cancer, HIV, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.   Learn More

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
New drug reduces stroke damage in mice

A team led by Elias Aizenman, PhD, reports in Science Advances that injured neurons can remain viable if they are prevented from following biochemical pathways that lead to cell death. Learn More

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Letter of welcome for Art Levine

Scientific Director Peter L. Strick, PhD, welcomes Arthur S. Levine, MD, to his new post in the Brain Institute as Executive Director and leader of the new initiative, Assault on Alzheimer's. Learn More

Friday, June 26, 2020
BBC Radio: Technology in the time of Covid-19

Neuroscientist Andrew Schwartz, PhD, and research participant Jan Scheuermann talk about Pitt's landmark mind-controlled robot arm project for the BBC Radio's "Digital Human." Learn More

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center to build faster, more powerful AI system

The system, Neocortex, will boost compute power to train complex networks in minutes.  Funded with a $5M NSF grant, Neocortex is expected to be available free to researchers later this year. Learn More

Saturday, May 30, 2020
PittMed: Inventive imaging may lead to better drug targets

Zach Freyberg, MD, PhD, aims to figure out why some drugs for schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders lead to weight gain and insulin resistance.  Learn More

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Pittsburgh P-G: How the thinking brain is connected to the stomach

David Levinthal, MD, PhD, and Peter L. Strick, PhD, identify areas of the cerebral cortex that send signals to the stomach, to map the brain network that influences the GI tract and its microbiome. Learn More

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
PittMed: $22M NIH study to examine brain gains linked to exercise

Kirk Erickson, PhD, will study whether older adults -- some with memory issues -- see changes in cognitive performance and MRI markers of brain health that vary by intensity of workouts.     Learn More

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
MD PhD student awarded Hertz fellowship for neurointervention research

Maxwell Wang studies how brain networks change during interventions such as deep brain stimulation. Learn More

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Study may explain how stress leads to stomach ulcers

Peter L. Strick, PhD, and David Levinthal, MD, PhD, traced neural pathways between the stomach and the rostral insula, which is responsible for visceral sensation and emotion regulation.  Learn More

Sunday, April 19, 2020
SCIENCE: Clinicians aim to trace coronavirus from brain to toes

Sherry Chou, MD, has organized a worldwide consortium that now includes 50 centers to draw neurological data from care that COVID-19 patients receive. Learn More

Friday, April 10, 2020
Anniversary of polio vaccine a source of hope for COVID-19

Sunday marks 65 years since Jonas Salk and his team developed their polio vaccine.  Pitt's Peter Salk, Don Burke and Randy Juhl relate that effort to today's hunt for protection against COVID-19. Learn More

Monday, March 30, 2020
Weber honored by American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

Douglas Weber, PhD, was elected to the group's College of Fellows for contributions to neurorehabilitation engineering, translational neuroscience, and leadership in the field of neural engineering. Learn More

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Symposium on neurobiology of violence to be rescheduled

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Brain Institute's Neurobiology of Violence symposium, originally scheduled on March 20, has been postponed. Learn More

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
New map charts pathways of neurons in marmoset brain

Afonso Silva, PhD, and his team used diffusion magnetic resonance imaging at high resolution to correct misconceptions about white-matter connectivity. Learn More

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
How do you tell seasonal depression from a simple desire to slow down?

Kathryn Roecklein, PhD, tells NBC: “The difference comes down to whether your urge to hibernate interferes with your job, your home, your relationships or your health.” Learn More

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Polymer tube repairs large gaps in damaged peripheral nerves

A study in Science Translational Medicine shows that a biodegradable nerve guide filled with growth-promoting protein can regenerate long sections of damaged nerves in monkeys.     Learn More

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