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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
UPMC implants first US patient with wireless retinal device

The PRIMA system is designed to restore partial sight in patients blinded by retinal degeneration, and works in tandem with augmented reality glasses with a built-in miniaturized camera. Learn More

Thursday, January 9, 2020
Advance in neuroprosthetics: Using light to stimulate the brain

TK Kozai, PhD, is developing a precise, light-activated electrode that can be used to stimulate neurons without causing the tissue damage that often follows implantation of electrical stimulators. Learn More

Friday, December 13, 2019
Pitt Medcast: Hear some of the 'child pioneers' of the polio vaccine

Former schoolkids from the clinical trials of Jonas Salk’s killed-virus vaccine talk about their part in the struggle against one of the most crippling diseases in history. Learn More

Thursday, December 12, 2019
MPR: First 3 years crucial for brain development

Judy Cameron, PhD, describes the development of brain networks that are the foundation for learning and emotional response throughout life.  Learn More

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Engineer receives NSF CAREER Award to advance AI neural network technology

Feng Xiong, PhD, is developing a dynamic synapse to improve energy efficiency, bandwidth and cognitive capabilities of artificial spiking neural networks. Learn More

Monday, December 2, 2019
$3.7M NIH grant supports imaging research of early Alzheimer's disease

Tamer Ibrahim, PhD, and colleagues will use next-generation Tic Tac Toe 7T MRI to investigate connections between small-vessel disease, cerebrospinal-fluid clearance and preclinical Alzheimer’s. Learn More

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Strick receives Cajal Club discovery award

Peter L. Strick, PhD, was recognized with a 2019 Krieg Cortical Kudos Discoverer Award for his research on cortical circuits involved in motor control. Learn More

Friday, November 1, 2019
In SCIENCE: Sharpening artificial vision

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

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