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Researchers wirelessly record human brain activity during normal life activities

Monday, May 3, 2021
Researchers are now able to wirelessly record the directly measured brain activity of patients living with Parkinson’s disease and to then use that information to adjust the stimulation delivered by an implanted device.
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Cancer-linked mutation accelerates growth of abnormal stroke-causing brain blood vessels

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
NIH-funded study suggests an anticancer drug could prevent bleeding into the brain.
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Dr. Andrew Singleton to direct new NIH research laboratory for Alzheimer’s and related dementias research

Monday, April 26, 2021
Effective April 13, 2021, Andrew B. Singleton, Ph.D., is the director of a new NIH intramural laboratory, the Center for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias (CARD).
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NIH scientists try a new twist on using ‘personalized’ stem cells for studying dementia

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
In an article published in the journal Neuron, NIH researchers outlined their plans for the iPSC Neurodegenerative Disease Initiative (iNDI), a project designed to help scientists better understand how genetic mutations lead to the brain cell damage underlying Alzheimer’s disease and other...
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DNA damage “hot spots” discovered within neurons

Thursday, March 25, 2021
NIH labs collaborate to develop new methods for studying genome-wide DNA damage and repair WHAT:
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NIMH’s Dr. Andrea Beckel-Mitchener Named Deputy Director of NIH BRAIN Initiative

Friday, March 5, 2021
NIH has announced the selection of Andrea Beckel-Mitchener, Ph.D., of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), as deputy director of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative.
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Leading migraine researcher supported by the NIH wins The Brain Prize 2021

Friday, March 5, 2021
The Brain Prize has been awarded to Michael A. Moskowitz, M.D., a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, who also is supported by an NIH grant.
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Genetic study of Lewy body dementia supports ties to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
In a study led by NIH researchers, scientists found that five genes may play a critical role in determining whether a person will suffer from Lewy body dementia, a devastating disorder that riddles the brain with clumps of abnormal protein deposits called Lewy bodies
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Combination treatment for common glioma type shows promise in mice

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers tested a novel combination treatment approach on mice with tumors with characteristics similar to human astrocytomas—a type of slow-growing glioma—and found tumor regression in 60 percent of the mice treated.