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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).


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).

Temperature-taking brain circuits

Study shows how fruit flies beat the heat (and cold)
Monday, Nov 23, 2015
Humans aren’t the only ones that take shelter when the weather turns unpleasant. A team of researchers at Northwestern University’s Department of Neurobiology has mapped the neural circuits that allow flies to avoid uncomfortable temperatures.

One-and-done gene therapy

Batten disease may benefit from gene therapy
Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015
In a study of dogs, scientists showed that a new way to deliver replacement genes may be effective at slowing the development of childhood Batten disease, a rare and fatal neurological disorder.

Sprouting connections in the brain

Scientists identify main component of brain repair after stroke
Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015
Looking at brain tissue from mice, monkeys and humans, scientists have found that a molecule known as growth and differentiation factor 10 (GDF10) is a key player in repair mechanisms following stroke. The findings suggest that GDF10 may be a potential therapy for recovery after stroke. The study, published in Nature Neuroscience, was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health.

The proteins that make you itch

An itch you just can’t scratch
Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015
Everyone knows the best way to suppress an itch is to scratch it, but for people who suffer from skin diseases like eczema, no amount of scratching can bring relief. Fortunately, help may be on the way. Scientists from the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and the University of California, Berkeley have identified a pair of proteins responsible for chronic itching. The study, published in Neuron and partially funded by the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), may lead to treatments that can stop an itch at its source.

The brain’s attentional spotlight

Study in mice shows how brain ignores distractions
Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015
In a study of mice, scientists discovered that a brain region called the thalamus may be critical for filtering out distractions. The study, published in Nature and partially funded by the National Institutes of Health, paves the way to understanding how defects in the thalamus might underlie symptoms seen in patients with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and schizophrenia.

New NIH logo

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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