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New NIH BRAIN Initiative awards accelerate neuroscience discoveries

Friday, October 18, 2019
Scientists have been developing astounding new tools for exploring neural circuits that underlie brain function throughout the first five years of the National Institutes of Health’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative. Now, the NIH has announced its...
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NIH pairs cutting-edge neuroethics with ground-breaking neurotechnologies

Thursday, October 17, 2019
With support from the National Institutes of Health’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative, scientists are developing powerful new devices and technologies to monitor and regulate brain activity.
MRI scan of human brain showing tarumatic microbleeds

Microbleeds may worsen outcome after head injury

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Using advanced imaging, researchers have uncovered new information regarding traumatic microbleeds, which appear as small, dark lesions on MRI scans after head injury but are typically too small to be detected on CT scans.
Picture of Shisa7 proteins in green and GABA type A neurotransmitter receptor proteins in red. White arrows and yellow spots represent clustering of the two proteins.

‘Sticky’ gene may help Valium calm nerves

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Between 1999 and 2017, the United States experienced a 10-fold increase in the number of people who died from overdoses of Valium and other benzodiazepines. For years, scientists thought that these powerful sedatives, which are used to treat anxiety, muscle spasms, and sleeping disorders, worked...
Depiction of mouse brain neuron activity during rapid eye movement sleep.

The brain may actively forget during dream sleep

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep is a fascinating period when most of our dreams are made. Now, in a study of mice, a team of Japanese and U.S. researchers show that it may also be a time when the brain actively forgets.
Cartoon of annexin A11 guiding hitchhiking through a neuron

ALS gene may be a hitchhiker’s guide to the neuron

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Affecting at least 14,000 Americans, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a paralyzing and highly fatal neurodegenerative disorder for which there are no effective treatments. Scientists peered inside neurons and watched the workings of annexin A11, a gene linked to a rare form of ALS.
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NIH launches novel nationwide search for neuroprotective stroke therapies

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Recently the National Institutes of Health called on researchers to make the standards and practices for conducting early stage, or preclinical, medical research on animals more like those used for clinical trials.
Photo of Dr. Story Landis, former NINDS director

NINDS announces 2019 winners of the Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health, has announced the 2019 recipients of the Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship.
Example of brain scan used in study of blood pressure on brain health.

Intensive blood pressure control may slow age-related brain damage

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
In a nationwide study, researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to scan the brains of hundreds of participants in the National Institutes of Health’s Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) and found that intensively controlling a person’s blood pressure was more effective at...

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