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Saturday, May 8, 2021
Rare form of ataxia linked to RNA metabolism in neurons

An international collaboration led by Udai Pandey reports in Nature Communications the discovery that mutations in the protein GEMIN5 cause developmental delay and loss of coordination. Learn More

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Pitt and Wash U get $10.7M grant to study genetics of Alzheimer's

Ilyas Kamboh and colleagues will look for genetic underpinnings of plaques and tangles that form due to abnormal accumulation of amyloid-beta and tau proteins.   Learn More

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Unusually thin cortex seen in young teens at risk for psychosis

Maria Jalbrzikowski reports in JAMA Psychiatry that the thinning was most pronounced in several temporal and frontal regions of the brain. Learn More

Friday, April 30, 2021
Neurological conditions pose higher risk of death from COVID-19

Sherry Chou, who heads the Global Consortium Study of Neurologic Dysfunction in COVID-19, tells USNews & World Report about findings in a study of more than 3,700 patients in 13 countries.   Learn More

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Protein in dopamine neurons makes aging female brains more resilient

Pitt scientists found more VGLUT in dopamine neurons of female fruit flies, rodents and human beings than in males, correlating with older women's lower incidence of neuron loss. Learn More

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Rare rewards amplify dopamine responses

The Stauffer group reports in Nature Neuroscience a first step to understanding how value and reward-probability distributions are coded in the brain.   Learn More

Friday, March 12, 2021
Pennell named chair of neurology

Page B. Pennell, MD, whose research focus is on patients with epilepsy, comes to Pitt from Harvard Medical School and will start July 1.  Learn More

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Pitt launches neuroimaging and therapeutics center

A $1M gift from the Tull Family Foundation aims to enhance multidisciplinary collaboration in neuroscience, imaging and treatment. Learn More

Monday, February 15, 2021
Why antipsychotic meds lead to weight gain and diabetes

A report in Translational Psychiatry shows antipsychotics block dopamine in the pancreas, and cause overproduction of blood glucose-regulating hormones.   Learn More

Monday, February 8, 2021
Fetal surgery for spina bifida leads to better mobility

Amy Houtrow and colleagues report in JAMA Pediatrics the multiple benefits of not waiting until after birth to repair a myelomeningocele. Learn More

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Why antihistamines don't stop the itch after spinal morphine injection

Sarah Ross and colleagues identify spinal cord neurons responsible for an itchy sensation from an epidural, and suggest that the drug nalfurafine may halt the itch without reducing pain relief. Learn More

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Scientists activate arm, hand muscles with epidural electrical stimulation

Marco Capogrosso and colleagues report in Nature Communications on a technology to improve upper-limb movements in individuals with paralysis. Learn More

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
FDA and Pitt announce collaboration to help restore vision

Joining forces with the FDA is expected to speed availability of augmented reality headsets or brain stimulation to help people with low vision “see” their surroundings. Learn More

Thursday, December 3, 2020
Sleep-wake gene mutation leads to cocaine addiction in mice

Colleen McClung, Lauren DePoy and colleagues find a molecular basis for the connection between disruption of circadian rhythms and predisposition to substance abuse. Learn More

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Why a light touch can cause great pain: Solving the mystery of mechanical allodynia

In a paper in Neuron, Rebecca Seal's lab describes how the nature of an injury defines the spinal circuitry in the dorsal horn that results in extreme reactions to innocuous stimuli.   Learn More

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Journal of Neuroscience: The neurokinin-1 receptor and itch circuitry

Sarah Ross and colleagues have identified a new group of neurons in the spinal cord that transmit and process the message of an itchy sensation on the skin. Learn More

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Ben Handen heads $109M U grant to study dementia biomarkers

The NIH funding expands research on the biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease in adults with Down syndrome, who are at high risk of developing dementia starting in their late 40s. Learn More

Monday, October 19, 2020
Imaging study: Dementia risk may be lower in socially engaged people in their 80s

Cynthia Felix and her public health colleagues find that a healthy social life appears to protect against loss of gray matter integrity. Learn More

Monday, October 19, 2020
PittMed: How neurons help regulate imflammation

Immunologist Daniel Kaplan and neuroscientists Kathryn Albers and Brian Davis use optogenetics to study protective immunity that is triggered by pain-sensing neurons in the skin. Learn More

Friday, October 16, 2020
Study shows cocaine induces astrocytes to form new synapses

Yan Dong and colleagues report that blocking the formation of these synapses in the nucleus accumbens appears to have an effect in a rodent model of addiction.  Learn More

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