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Thursday, September 17, 2020
Blood test could detect severity of brain injury in minutes

A study led by David Okonkwo advanced findings that suggest that testing blood for glial fibrillary acidic protein can quickly determine the severity of a brain injury. Learn More

Friday, September 11, 2020
WFMZ: Kids who learn self control have positive brain changes into adulthood

Jamie Hanson and colleagues found enhanced connectivity in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex of at-risk participants in a family-intervention program.     Learn More

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Distinguished lecture series launches today with Nii Addy at Yale

This year's six lectures, hosted by the departments of neurobiology and neuroscience, are going virtual but are still highly interactive, and include speakers from Stanford, EPFL, and Columbia.  Learn More

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Study: Neurons that suppress muscle activity enable precise movement

Darcy Griffin and Peter L. Strick report in Science Advances that a special subset of neurons in primary motor cortex "sculpt' patterns of motor output by actively turning muscles on or off.  Learn More

Friday, August 21, 2020
US NEWS: Pitt neurologist studies how Covid-19 may damage brain

Shelly Chou asks which neural effects are caused directly by infection with the virus, and which are due to the body's immune response.  Learn More

Friday, August 21, 2020
CNN: Sherry Chou on how Covid-19 affects the nervous system

Listen to Sanjay Gupta's podcast with Pitt's critical care neurologist, who heads an international consortium to study the neurological complications of the virus. Learn More

Thursday, August 6, 2020
Nerve stimulation with 'earbuds' boosts learning

Bharath Chandrasekaran and colleagues plan to use the device to study neural mechanisms that could lead to improved rehabilitation after stroke and other brain damage.    Learn More

Thursday, July 30, 2020
Pitt wins $4M grant for National Center for Neuroanatomy with Neurotropic Viruses

The NIH renewal grant guarantees that the center, which serves hundreds of neuroinvestigators, will run a full 20 years. Learn More

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
How to keep neuronal protein from clumping in ALS

Chris Donnelly and colleagues aim to develop a library of compounds that may bind to TDP-43, in hopes of preventing the protein from clumping and causing cell death in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.  Learn More

Thursday, July 23, 2020
Newsweek: Factors that may protect memory into your 90s

A study in Neurology by Beth Snitz and colleagues suggests an active mind can withstand significant deposition of amyloid-beta, which has been linked to dementia. Learn More

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Chronic pain intervention can also restore touch in lost limb

Lee Fisher and colleagues implanted spinal electrodes the size and shape of 'fat spaghetti noodles' to mimic sensations in the missing arms and hands of four test subjects. Learn More

Monday, July 13, 2020
P-G profile: 'Tough but fair dean' Art Levine takes on new role

Born in Cleveland to Russian immigrants, Levine took an unexpected turn from focus on the literary arts to medicine and science, and is now embarking on a 'third career' in the Brain Institute. Learn More

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

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