Press Releases

Winners announced in NIH-supported crowdsourcing contest of seizure prediction

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

As a result of two novel online contests, epilepsy researchers have some new tools to help accurately predict and detect seizures. The contests, supported by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the American Epilepsy Society (AES)...

NIH initiates "Centers Without Walls" to study sudden unexpected death in epilepsy

Monday, December 8, 2014

Nine groups of scientists will receive funding totaling $5.9 million in 2014 to work together on increasing the understanding of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), the leading cause of death from epilepsy. The consortium becomes the second Center Without Walls, an initiative to speed...

Scientists developed a drug that allows axons to cross impenetrable barriers leading to the treatment of spinal cord injuries.

Barrier breaking drug may lead to spinal cord injury treatments

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Injections of a new drug may partially relieve paralyzing spinal cord injuries, based on indications from a study in rats, which was partly funded by the National Institutes of Health.

NIH announces grants for frontotemporal degeneration research

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The National Institutes of Health will award three large, five-year projects on a specific form of dementia, known as frontotemporal because of the areas of the brain that are affected. The projects, funded by the NIH's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National...

NIH and CDC Announce Grantees for the Sudden Death in the Young Registry

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The NIH and CDC announce awards to ten grantees for the Sudden Death in the Young Registry. Six are current or former grantees from the Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) Registry: Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Wisconsin. Four are new grantees: Delaware,...

Adult-born cells travel through the thin rostral migratory stream before settling into the olfactory bulb, the large structure in the upper right of the image.

Scientists sniff out unexpected role for stem cells in the brain

Friday, October 10, 2014

For decades, scientists thought that neurons in the brain were born only during the early development period and could not be replenished. More recently, however, they discovered cells with the ability to divide and turn into new neurons in specific brain regions.

NIH awards $35 Million for Centers for Collaborative Research in Fragile X

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The National Institutes of Health is making funding awards of $35 million over the next five years to support the Centers for Collaborative Research in Fragile X program. Investigators at these centers will seek to better understand Fragile X-associated disorders and work toward developing...

Scientists mapped neural activity patterns (white dots) in a learning brain. They found that learning occurs faster when it only requires existing patterns of activity (red box) than when it needs to use patterns outside of the red box.

Scientists plug into a learning brain

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Learning is easier when it only requires nerve cells to rearrange existing patterns of activity than when the nerve cells have to generate new patterns, a study of monkeys has found. The scientists explored the brain's capacity to learn through recordings of electrical activity of brain cell...

Monthly blood transfusions reduce sickle cell anemia-related brain injury in children

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Regular blood transfusions prevent recurrent blockage of brain blood vessels, a serious neurological side effect that occurs in one third of children with sickle cell anemia, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The findings appear in the Aug. 21 issue of the New...

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...