Grantees in the News


Mental rehearsal prepares our minds for real-world action, Stanford researchers find

Stanford University
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Mentally running through a routine improves performance, but how that works isn’t clear. Now, a new tool – brain-machine interface – suggests the answer lies in how our brains prepare for action.

Lysosomes and mitochondria chat each other up in cell

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered that two key cellular structures, called mitochondria and lysosomes, come into direct contact with each other in the cell to regulate their respective functions. This rare discovery has implications for the research of many diseases, including Parkinson's and cancer, as well as for the understanding of normal aging.

Researchers Devise Decoy Molecule to Block Pain Where It Starts

University of Texas at Dallas
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Research performed at the University of Texas at Dallas uncovered a new method of reducing pain-associated behaviors with RNA-based medicine, creating a new class of decoy molecules that prevent the onset of pain.

Memory loss from West Nile virus may be preventable

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Thursday, January 11, 2018

A new study in mice suggests that the lasting neurological problems that can result from West Nile virus may be due to unresolved inflammation that hinders the brain’s ability to repair damaged neurons and grow new ones. When the inflammation was reduced by treatment with an arthritis drug, the animals’ ability to learn and remember remained sharp after West Nile disease. 

Discovery deepens understanding of brain’s sensory circuitry

Brown University
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

An exploration of the deepest and most mysterious layer of the cortex in mice has revealed new circuits that may be central to how two key regions of the brain communicate about sensation.

Electrical Stimulation in Brain Bypasses Senses, Instructs Movement

University of Rochester Medical Center
Friday, December 8, 2017

A new study authored by Marc Schieber, M.D., Ph.D., and Kevin Mazurek, Ph.D. with the University of Rochester Medical Center Department of Neurology and the  Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience, which appears today in the journal Neuron, shows that very low levels of electrical stimulation delivered directly to an area of the brain responsible for motor function can instruct an appropriate response or action, essentially replacing the signals we would normally receive from the parts of the brain that process what we hear, see, and feel.   

Penn Neuroscientists Construct First Whole-brain Map Showing Electrical Connections Key to Forming Memories

University of Pennsylvania
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A team of neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania has constructed the first whole-brain map of electrical connectivity in the brain based on data from nearly 300 neurosurgical patients with electrodes implanted directly on the brain.

To forget or to remember? Memory depends on subtle brain signals, scientists find

The Scripps Research Institute
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

In a study of flies, scientists on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), detailed how the intricate biochemical mechanism for storing scent-associated memories differs slightly from a less-understood mechanism for erasing unnecessary memories.

Good Cells Gone Bad

The Scripps Research Institute
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A new study from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) shows  how a process in nerve cells called the S-nitrosylation (SNO) reaction—which can be caused by aging, pesticides and pollution—may contribute to Parkinson’s disease.

Spacing out after staying up late? Here’s why

University of California, Los Angeles
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A new study reveals how sleep deprivation disrupts brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other.