NINDS News Articles
NIH awards initial $46 million for BRAIN Initiative research
Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
The National Institutes of Health announced today its first wave of investments totaling $46 million in fiscal year 14 funds to support the goals of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.
Suspect gene corrupts neural connections
Monday, Aug 17, 2014
Researchers have long suspected that major mental disorders are genetically-rooted diseases of synapses – the connections between neurons. Now, investigators supported in part by the National Institutes of Health have demonstrated in patients’ cells how a rare mutation in a suspect gene disrupts the turning on and off of dozens of other genes underlying these connections.
Winners announced in NIH-supported crowdsourcing contest of seizure prediction
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014
As a result of two novel online contests, epilepsy researchers have some new tools to help accurately predict and detect seizures. The contests, supported by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the American Epilepsy Society (AES) and the Epilepsy Foundation, invited members of the public to develop computer algorithms to detect, predict and ultimately prevent epileptic seizures.
NIH initiates “Centers Without Walls” to study sudden unexpected death in epilepsy
Monday, Dec 8, 2014
Nine groups of scientists will receive funding totaling $5.9 million in 2014 to work together on increasing the understanding of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), the leading cause of death from epilepsy. The consortium becomes the second Center Without Walls, an initiative to speed the pace of research on difficult problems in epilepsy by promoting collaborative research. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health, funds this initiative.
Barrier breaking drug may lead to spinal cord injury treatments
Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014
Injections of a new drug may partially relieve paralyzing spinal cord injuries, based on indications from a study in rats, which was partly funded by the National Institutes of Health.
NIH announces grants for frontotemporal degeneration research
Thursday, Oct 23, 2014
The National Institutes of Health will award three large, five-year projects on a specific form of dementia, known as frontotemporal because of the areas of the brain that are affected. The projects, funded by the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), announced today total more than $5.9 million for 2014.
Scientists sniff out unexpected role for stem cells in the brain
Friday, Oct 10, 2014
For decades, scientists thought that neurons in the brain were born only during the early development period and could not be replenished. More recently, however, they discovered cells with the ability to divide and turn into new neurons in specific brain regions.
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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