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"A remarkable year"

2015 was an exceptionally productive year at the Brain Institute: We created the Live Like Lou ALS Research Center in partnership with the Alexander family, made gains in a Pathways to Dementia research initiative, and much more. Read More>


Advisory Council goes national

The Brain Institute welcomes new council members Lisa Utasi in New York, Bill Thoet in Washington, DC, and Sally Wolfanger in Pittsburgh.
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New Scientists

Meet eight new neuroinvestigators

These highly accomplished young scientists hold promise for basic discoveries that could lead to targeted therapies.
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New Initiatives

Concussion movie leads to research partnership with Pitt

The Bennet Omalu Foundation names Pitt its official academic affiliate for research on traumatic brain injury, neurodegeneration, and dementia. Read More



Listen on NPR: Colleen McClung talks about the aging brain's "timekeeper"

The finding that healthy older folks seem to have a built-in backup clock for circadian rhythm provides insight into some late-life diseases.
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The "math of brewing coffee" can model brain response to anesthesia

A story in Inside Science covers how Pitt scientists use percolation theory to investigate how anesthetics act on the brain.
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NeuroDiscovery grants

First NeuroDiscovery award focuses on Parkinson's disease

Advisory Council member Jane France funds the Brain Institute's first grants to support high-risk, high-impact science. Thirteen scientists have applied.
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Major grants

NIH, NSF, and DARPA fund Pitt brain projects

We highlight three teams, with two projects funded through federal BRAIN Initiative grants. 
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Young scientists win McKnight awards

Susanne Ahmari, MD, PhD, and Marlene Cohen, PhD, receive highly competitive McKnight Scholar Awards.
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American Pain Society to honor Gold with research career award

Michael Gold, PhD

Michael Gold, PhD, studies inflammatory and neuropathic pain, as well as migraine headaches.
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Opinion leaders

Andy Schwartz pens Science op-ed on future of neural engineering

Recent progress in neural prosthetics has been achieved largely when complexity is not only recognized but used to advantage, Schwartz says.
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Issue 1  |  January 2016

What we do

The Brain Institute's mission is to unlock the mysteries of normal and abnormal brain function and then translate discoveries into new approaches for overcoming brain disorders. The formula is simple: Basic science research enables discoveries that lead to treatments and cures.  It's all about the science. Read More


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