Press Releases

Scientists use lasers to control mouse brain switchboard

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Ever wonder why it's hard to focus after a bad night's sleep? Using mice and flashes of light, scientists show that just a few nerve cells in the brain may control the switch between internal thoughts and external distractions. The study, partly funded by the National Institutes of Health, may be a...

NIH scientists find six new genetic risk factors for Parkinson's

Sunday, July 27, 2014
A new international study has taken number crunching to the extreme. Using data from over 18,000 patients, scientists identified more than two dozen genetic risk factors involved in Parkinson's disease, including six that had not been previously reported. The study, published in Nature Genetics,...

Brain tumor invasion along blood vessels may lead to new cancer treatments

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Invading glioblastoma cells may hijack cerebral blood vessels during early stages of disease progression and damage the brain's protective barrier, a study in mice indicates. This finding could ultimately lead to new ways to bring about the death of the tumor, as therapies may be able to reach...

NIH scientists take totally tubular journey through brain cells

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
In a new study, scientists at the National Institutes of Health took a molecular-level journey into microtubules, the hollow cylinders inside brain cells that act as skeletons and internal highways. They watched how a protein called tubulin acetyltransferase (TAT) labels the inside of microtubules...

NIH embraces bold, 12-year scientific vision for BRAIN Initiative

Thursday, June 5, 2014
A federal report calls for $4.5 billion in funding for brain research over the next 12 years. The long-term scientific vision of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative was presented today to National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D...

Shining a light on memory

Sunday, June 1, 2014
Using a flash of light, scientists have inactivated and then reactivated a memory in genetically engineered rats. The study, supported by the National Institutes of Health, is the first cause-and-effect evidence that strengthened connections between neurons are the stuff of memory.

Federal pain research database launched

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
The Interagency Pain Research Portfolio (IPRP), a database that provides information about pain research and training activities supported by the federal government, has been launched by six federal agencies.

Worms surprise scientists with hints that stress can guard nerves

Friday, May 16, 2014
Taut springs guard worm's sensory neurons during flexing and help respond to touch, an NIH-funded study reports

Scientists take a close-up of key pain-sensing molecule

Friday, May 16, 2014
A revolutionary microscopy technique could help design better treatments for chronic pain