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NIH to fund cohort recruitment and development program to enhance diversity and inclusion among biomedical faculty

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
The National Institutes of Health will provide support to institutions to recruit diverse groups or “cohorts” of early-stage research faculty and prepare them to thrive as NIH-funded researchers.
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NIH researchers link cases of ALS and FTD to a mutation associated with Huntington’s disease

Thursday, December 3, 2020
A study led by researchers at the National Institutes of Health has made a surprising connection between frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), two disorders of the nervous system, and the genetic mutation normally understood to cause Huntington’s disease.
Picture of Zika-infected mouse brain from NIH study that looked for effective anti-viral treatments.

Commonly used antibiotic shows promise for combating Zika infections

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
In 2015, hundreds of children were born with brain deformities resulting from a global outbreak of Zika virus infections.
Image showing electrical excitation by deep brain stimulation in human brain

New NIH BRAIN Initiative awards move toward solving brain disorders

Thursday, November 19, 2020
Researchers using recently developed tools to gain new insights into brain function
Diagram showing immune cells residing near the venous sinuses of the brain

The gut trains the immune system to protect the brain

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
The membranes surrounding our brains are in a never-ending battle against deadly infections, as germs constantly try to elude watchful immune cells and sneak past a special protective barrier called the meninges.

Neighborhood conditions associated with children’s cognitive function

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
A study published today in JAMA Network Open shows that children from poorer neighborhoods perform less well on a range of cognitive functions, such as verbal ability, reading skills, memory, and attention, and have smaller brain volumes in key cognitive regions compared to those from...
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Study discovers gene that helps us know when it’s time to urinate

Monday, October 19, 2020
In a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study involving both mice and patients who are part of an NIH Clinical Center trial, researchers discovered that a gene, called PIEZO2, may be responsible for the powerful urge to urinate that we normally feel several times a day.
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NIH researcher Sonja W. Scholz awarded 2020 ANA Soriano Lectureship

Monday, October 5, 2020
The American Neurological Association (ANA) has announced that Sonja W. Scholz, M.D., Ph.D., an investigator at the National Institutes of Health is this year’s winner of the Soriano Lectureship.
Four shots of the same neuron, each colored differently. The colors represent changing energy levels during neural communication.

NIH scientists reveal how the brain may fuel intense neural communication

Monday, October 5, 2020
Our thoughts, feelings, and movements are controlled by billions of neurons talking to each other at trillions of specialized communication points called synapses.