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NIH-supported NeuroBioBank joins Autism BrainNet in brain donation initiative
Tuesday, Nov 17 2015
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has signed an agreement to establish a collaborative, nationwide effort for the collection, storage, and distribution of postmortem human brain tissue for the benefit of autism research. The agreement with Foundation Associates LLC will coordinate the efforts of two independent networks of human brain tissue repositories, the National Institutes of Health NeuroBioBank (NBB) and the Autism BrainNet (ABN).

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New brain imaging technique identifies previously undetected epileptic seizure sites
Thursday, Nov 12 2015
People with epilepsy experience uncontrolled seizures that can impair quality of life and cause stigma that leads to social isolation. The neurological condition can limit some activities most people take for granted, such as sustaining work or operating a vehicle. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) have developed a non-invasive brain imaging technique for a class of patients whose epilepsy symptoms do not respond to drug treatment and who would otherwise be poor candidates for seizure-relieving surgeries.

NINDS congratulates Beth Stevens, winner of a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

NINDS congratulates Beth Stevens, winner of a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
Monday, Sep 28, 2015
On September 28, 2015, Dr. Stevens was awarded a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for her work on microglia and brain development. NINDS congratulates Dr. Stevens.

Landmark NIH study shows intensive blood pressure management may save lives

Landmark NIH study shows intensive blood pressure management may save lives
Friday, Sep 11, 2015
More intensive management of high blood pressure, below a commonly recommended blood pressure target, significantly reduces rates of cardiovascular disease, and lowers risk of death in a group of adults 50 years and older with high blood pressure. This is according to the initial results of a landmark clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health called the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) (NIH).

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NIH and CDC Announce Grantees for the Sudden Death in the Young Registry
Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014
The NIH and CDC announce awards to ten grantees for the Sudden Death in the Young Registry. Six are current or former grantees from the Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) Registry: Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Wisconsin. Four are new grantees: Delaware, Tennessee, the city of San Francisco and the Tidewater region of Virginia. Grants were awarded on September 30, 2014. After a period of training and preparation, the grantees will begin reviewing cases in January 2015.

Unlocking the mysteries of our senses

“Sixth sense” may be more than just a feeling
Friday, Sep 23, 2016
With the help of two young patients with a unique neurological disorder, an initial study by scientists at the National Institutes of Health suggests that a gene called PIEZO2 controls specific aspects of human touch and proprioception, a “sixth sense” describing awareness of one’s body in space. Mutations in the gene caused the two to have movement and balance problems and the loss of some forms of touch. Despite their difficulties, they both appeared to cope with these challenges by relying heavily on vision and other senses.

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New members appointed to National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council
Thursday, Sep 15, 2016
Four distinguished individuals from the neuroscience community have been chosen to serve on the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council, the principal advisory body to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health.

NINDS Names Dr. Clinton B. Wright as Director of the Office of Clinical Research
Thursday, Sep 15, 2016
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has named vascular neurologist Clinton B. Wright, M.D., M.S., as director of its Office of Clinical Research (OCR) and associate director of the institute. Dr. Wright is expected to join the NINDS in November. NINDS is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Repairing a damaged brain

Stem cell therapy heals injured mouse brain
Monday, Aug 22, 2016
Scientists and clinicians have long dreamed of helping the injured brain repair itself by creating new neurons, and an innovative NIH-funded study published today in Nature Medicine may bring this goal much closer to reality. A team of researchers has developed a therapeutic technique that dramatically increases the production of nerve cells in mice with stroke-induced brain damage.

Tracking brain changes in people with Parkinson’s

Researchers examine how Parkinson’s disease alters brain activity over time
Monday, Aug 15, 2016
Neuroscientists peered into the brains of patients with Parkinson’s disease and two similar conditions to see how their neural responses changed over time. The study, funded by the NIH’s Parkinson’s Disease Biomarkers Program and published today in Neurology, may provide a new tool for testing experimental medications aimed at alleviating symptoms and slowing the rate at which the diseases damage the brain.


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Researchers find essential brain circuit in visual development
Monday Aug 26, 2013
A study in mice reveals an elegant circuit within the developing visual system that helps dictate how the eyes connect to the brain. The research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, has implications for treating amblyopia, a vision disorder that occurs when the brain ignores one eye in favor of the other.

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