Grantees in the News


Optical brain scanner goes where other brain scanners can’t

Washington University
Monday, May 19, 2014

Scientists have advanced a brain-scanning technology that tracks what the brain is doing by shining dozens of tiny LED lights on the head.

Studies Identify Spinal Cord Neurons that Control Skilled Limb Movement

Columbia University
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Researchers have identified two types of neurons that enable the spinal cord to control skilled forelimb movement.

Nearly Two Thousand Brain Cells Recorded at One Time

Duke University
Monday, April 28, 2014

A milestone in a neuroscience experiment was announced this week by researchers at the laboratory of Miguel Nicolelis, M.D., PhD, at the Duke University Center for Neuroengineering, with the recording of close to 2,000 brain cells at work in a primate.

Researchers Discover New Genetic Brain Disorder in Humans

UC San Diego
Thursday, April 24, 2014

A newly identified genetic disorder associated with degeneration of the central and peripheral nervous systems in humans, along with the genetic cause, is reported in the April 24, 2014 issue of Cell.

New Type Of Protein Action Found To Regulate Development

Johns Hopkins University
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Johns Hopkins researchers report they have figured out how the aptly named protein Botch blocks the signaling protein called Notch, which helps regulate development

Commonly available blood-pressure drug prevents epilepsy after brain injury

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Between 10 and 20 percent of all cases of epilepsy result from severe head injury, but a new drug promises to prevent post-traumatic seizures and may forestall further brain damage caused by seizures in those who already have epilepsy.

Neuroscientists find that limiting a certain protein in the brain reverses Alzheimer's symptoms in mice

Monday, April 21, 2014

Limiting a certain protein in the brain reverses Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice, report neuroscientists at MIT’s Picower Intitute for Learning and Memory.

Is Parkinson’s an Autoimmune Disease?

Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Thursday, April 17, 2014

The cause of neuronal death in Parkinson’s disease is still unknown, but a new study proposes that neurons may be mistaken for foreign invaders and killed by the person’s own immune system, similar to the way autoimmune diseases like type I diabetes, celiac disease, and multiple sclerosis attack the body’s cells. The study was published April 16, 2014, in Nature Communications.

Cancer drugs block dementia-linked brain inflammation, UCI study finds

UC Irvine
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A class of drugs developed to treat immune-related conditions and cancer – including one currently in clinical trials for glioblastoma and other tumors – eliminates neural inflammation associated with dementia-linked diseases and brain injuries, according to UC Irvine researchers.

Scientists explain how memories stick together

Salk Institute
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Scientists at the Salk Institute have created a new model of memory that explains how neurons retain select memories a few hours after an event.