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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.

Male and female brain connectors

NIH-funded study reveals how differences in male and female brains emerge
Monday, May 16, 2016
Nematode worms may not be from Mars or Venus, but they do have sex-specific circuits in their brains that cause the males and females to act differently. According to new research published in Nature, scientists have determined how these sexually dimorphic (occurring in either males or females) connections arise in the worm nervous system. The research was funded by the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

New role identified for scars at the site of injured spinal cord

New role identified for scars at the site of injured spinal cord
Friday, Apr 8, 2016
For decades, it was thought that scar-forming cells called astrocytes were responsible for blocking neuronal regrowth across the level of spinal cord injury, but recent findings challenge this idea. According to a new mouse study, astrocyte scars may actually be required for repair and regrowth following spinal cord injury. The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health, and published in Nature.

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Publication highlights release of muscular dystrophy action plan
Friday, Apr 8, 2016
The Muscular Dystrophy Coordinating Committee (MDCC), a congressionally authorized group of representatives from federal agencies and patient advocates, recently released an updated version of its Action Plan for the Muscular Dystrophies. The plan is a comprehensive guide for addressing critical challenges facing people living with muscular dystrophy. An editorial, published in Muscle & Nerve, provides an overview of the plan, as well as recommendations for its use.

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Eye cells may use math to detect motion
Monday, Mar 7, 2016
Our eyes constantly send bits of information about the world around us to our brains where the information is assembled into objects we recognize. Along the way, a series of neurons in the eye use electrical and chemical signals to relay the information. In a study of mice, National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists showed how one type of neuron may do this to distinguish moving objects.

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Diabetes drug may prevent recurring strokes
Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016
Pioglitazone, a drug used for type 2 diabetes, may prevent recurrent stroke and heart attacks in people with insulin resistance but without diabetes. The results of the Insulin Resistance Intervention after Stroke (IRIS) trial, presented at the International Stroke Conference 2016 in Los Angeles and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggest a potential new method to prevent stroke and heart attack in high-risk patients who have already had one stroke or transient ischemic attack.


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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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