Grantees in the News


Trial Shows Low-Dose Anti-Anxiety Med Helps Curb Autism Behaviors in Your Children

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The anti-anxiety medication Buspirone is effective in low doses in improving repetitive and restrictive behaviors in young children with autism, and may be useful combined with early intensive behavioral interventions that improve social communication and adaptive behavior.

Ending Chronic Pain With New Drug Therapy

Northwestern University
Monday, December 21, 2015

Brain gets addicted to pain, but double-drug approach takes pain away.

Stroke recovery in mice improved by Ambien

Stanford Medicine
Friday, December 18, 2015

Zolpidem, better known by the trade name Ambien, increased the rate at which mice that had strokes recovered their pre-stroke sensory acuity and motor coordination.

New research explores how the fly brain reroutes odor information to produce flexible behavior

The Rockefeller University
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Some responses come automatically, like reflexes. Others vary with circumstance and experience. A once-delicious smell can be easily overlooked during a stressful moment or when it calls to mind a bout of food poisoning, for instance. This happens because, within the brain, molecules known as neuromodulators reroute information about that odor.

Identification Tags Define Neural Circuits

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The human brain is composed of complex circuits of neurons, cells that are specialized to transmit information via electrochemical signals. Like the circuits in a computer, these neuronal circuits must be connected in particular ways to function properly. But with billions of neurons in a single human brain, how does a neuron make the right connections with the right cells?

Scientists identify mechanisms to reduce epileptic seizures, and restore brain function and memory following traumatic brain injury

Southwestern Medical Center
Thursday, December 17, 2015

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found that halting production of new neurons in the brain following traumatic brain injury can help reduce resulting epileptic seizures, cognitive decline, and impaired memory.

For the first time, CTE is confirmed as a unique disease that can be definitively diagnosed

Boston University
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

For the first time, CTE has been confirmed as a unique disease that can be definitively diagnosed by neuropathological examination of brain tissue. A consensus panel of expert neuropathologists concluded that CTE has a pathognomonic signature in the brain, an advance that represents a milestone for CTE research and lays the foundation for future studies defining the clinical symptoms, genetic risk factors and therapeutic strategies for CTE.

Brain Regions of PTSD Patients Show Differences During Fear Responses

Duke Medicine
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Regions of the brain function differently among people with post-traumatic stress disorder, causing them to generalize non-threatening events as if they were the original trauma, according to new research from Duke Medicine and the Durham VA Medical Center.

Existing Compound Holds Promise for Reducing Huntington’s Disease Progression

UC San Diego
Monday, December 7, 2015

Currently, there is no treatment to halt the progression of Huntington’s disease (HD), a fatal genetic disorder that slowly robs sufferers of their physical and mental abilities. Now, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered that an existing compound, previously tested for diabetes, offers hope for slowing HD and its symptoms.

How Our Brains Overrule Our Senses

Johns Hopkins Medicine
Monday, December 7, 2015

Experiments reveal brain circuits that shape sensory perceptions.