NINDS News Articles
Futuristic brain probe allows for wireless control of neurons
Thursday, Jul 16, 2015
A study showed that scientists can wirelessly control the path a mouse walks with just a press of a button. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, created a remote controlled, next-generation tissue implant that allows neuroscientists to inject drugs and shine lights on neurons deep inside the brains of mice.
Normal neuronal firing may spark brain tumor growth
Tuesday, Jun 16, 2015
Using human brain tumor samples, scientists have discovered that normal patterns of nerve cell firing may enhance the growth of cancer cells. They also found that, neuroligin-3 (NLGN3), a gene known to be important for brain cell communication, may influence tumor growth and patient survival, making it a potential new target for therapy. The study, published in Cell, was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Progesterone does not significantly improve outcome after traumatic brain injury
Tuesday, Jun 16, 2015
Results of a phase 3 randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial suggest that progesterone may not significantly improve outcomes in patients who have suffered a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury.
NIH Names Walter J. Koroshetz, M.D. Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Thursday, Jun 11, 2015
National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. announced today the selection of Walter J. Koroshetz, M.D., as the Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). He has served as Acting Director of the NINDS since October, 2014.
Scientists create mice with a major genetic cause of ALS and FTD
Friday, May 22, 2015
Scientists at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida created a novel mouse that exhibits the symptoms and neurodegeneration associated with the most common genetic forms of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease), both of which are caused by a mutation in the a gene called C9ORF72.
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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