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Identifying strategies to advance research on traumatic brain injury’s effect on women

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Analysis from a workshop convened by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in 2017 reveals gaps in and opportunities for research to improve understanding of the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in women.
Scan of COVID-19 patient’s brain colored grey. Red arrows point to light and dark spots that are indicative of blood vessel damage observed in an NIH study on how COVID-19 affects the brain.

NIH study uncovers blood vessel damage and inflammation in COVID-19 patients’ brains but no infection

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
In an in-depth study of how COVID-19 affects a patient’s brain, National Institutes of Health researchers consistently spotted hallmarks of damage caused by thinning and leaky brain blood vessels in tissue samples from patients who died shortly after contracting the disease.
Scans of mouse brain serotonin levels during different stages of sleep and wakefulness. Thick red and yellow streaks represent lower levels while thin ones represent higher levels.

AI-designed serotonin sensor may help scientists study sleep and mental health

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Serotonin is a neurochemical that plays a critical role in the way the brain controls our thoughts and feelings. For example, many antidepressants are designed to alter serotonin signals sent between neurons.
Picture of epilepsy patient wearing a special brain wave monitoring backpack and searching for a hidden spot.

Scientists discover how our brains track where we and others go

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
For the first time, scientists have recorded how our brains navigate physical space and keep track of others’ location. Researchers used a special backpack to wirelessly monitor the brain waves of epilepsy patients as each one walked around an empty room hunting for a hidden, two-foot spot.
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NIH neuroscientists isolate promising mini antibodies against COVID-19 from a llama

Tuesday, December 22, 2020
National Institutes of Health researchers have isolated a set of promising, tiny antibodies, or “nanobodies,” against SARS-CoV-2 that were produced by a llama named Cormac.
Side view of a brain. Colored dots represent electrodes used to record brain waves.

Researchers reveal how our brains know when something’s different

Monday, December 14, 2020
In a study involving epilepsy patients, National Institutes of Health scientists discovered how a set of high frequency brain waves may help us spot these kinds of differences between the past and the present.

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.