Press Releases & News Articles: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Copyright 2014, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke en Press Release Saturday Sunday Eavesdropping on brain cell chatter Everything we do — all of our movements, thoughts and feelings – are the result of neurons talking with one another, and recent studies have suggested that some of the conversations might not be all that private. Brain cells known as astrocytes may be listening in on, or even participating in, some of those discussions. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT Too much protein may kill brain cells as Parkinson’s progresses Scientists may have discovered how the most common genetic cause of Parkinson’s disease destroys brain cells and devastates many patients worldwide. The study was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); the results may help scientists develop new therapies. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT NIH celebrates grand opening of John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center The National Institutes of Health will host a scientific symposium and a dedication ceremony March 31- April 1, 2014, to celebrate the completion of the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center. This state of the art facility brings together neuroscientists from 10 institutes and centers across the NIH in an effort to spur new advances in our understanding of the nervous system in health and disease. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EDT 3-D changes in DNA may lead to a genetic form of Lou Gehrig’s disease New findings reveal how a mutation, a change in the genetic code that causes neurodegeneration, alters the shape of DNA, making cells more vulnerable to stress and more likely to die. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST NIH announces six funding opportunities for the BRAIN Initiative in fiscal 2014 The National Institutes of Health is releasing funding opportunities to build a new arsenal of tools and technologies for unlocking the mysteries of the brain. The NIH action is in support of President Obama’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:00:00 EST NIH and NFL tackle concussion research The National Institutes of Health has selected eight projects to receive support to answer some of the most fundamental problems on traumatic brain injury, including understanding long-term effects of repeated head injuries and improving diagnosis of concussions. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:00:00 EST Study breaks blood-brain barriers to understanding Alzheimer’s Researchers used mice to show how a breakdown of the brain’s blood vessels may amplify or cause problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The results published in Nature Communications suggest that blood vessel cells, called pericytes, may provide novel targets for treatments and diagnoses. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:00:00 EST NIH network revolutionizes stroke clinical research A network of 25 regional stroke centers working with nearby satellite facilities will span the country, have teams of researchers representing every medical specialty needed for stroke care and will address the three prongs of stroke research: prevention, treatment and recovery. The Centers were announced today by the National Institutes of Health. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:00:00 EST Concussion secrets unveiled in mice and people There is more than meets the eye following even a mild traumatic brain injury. While the brain may appear to be intact, new findings reported in Nature suggest that the brain’s protective coverings may feel the brunt of the impact. Sun, 08 Dec 2013 00:00:00 EST NeuroBioBank gives researchers one-stop access to post-mortem brains To expedite research on brain disorders, the National Institutes of Health is shifting from a limited funding role to coordinating a Web-based resource for sharing post-mortem brain tissue. Under a NIH NeuroBioBank initiative, five brain banks will begin collaborating in a tissue sharing network for the neuroscience community. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST Gene-silencing study finds new targets for Parkinson’s disease Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have used RNA interference (RNAi) technology to reveal dozens of genes which may represent new therapeutic targets for treating Parkinson’s disease. The findings also may be relevant to several diseases caused by damage to mitochondria, the biological power plants found in cells throughout the body. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST Novel medical treatment is more effective than brain stents for stroke prevention Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and is often the result of blood vessel narrowing due to buildup of cholesterol in brain blood vessels. A new report, published in Lancet, details long-term outcomes of a study that compared aggressive medical therapy with surgically implanted stents to open narrowed brain blood vessels for the prevention of stroke. This clinical trial was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health. Sat, 26 Oct 2013 00:00:00 EDT