Browsing Category: Brain

Obama launches $100M BRAIN Initiative

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/04/02/brain-initiative-challenges-researchers-unlock-mysteries-human-mind Thank you, President Obama. Today at the White House, President Obama unveiled the “BRAIN” Initiative—a bold new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury. The Initiative promises to accelerate the invention of […]

MIT’s Boyden wins European prize for Optogenetics research

http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/31/health/boyden-brain-map/ Ed Boyden at MIT pioneered Optogenetics–using light to manipulate the brain.  ApplySci described MIT’s latest Optogenetics chip in our post of 12/4/12. Today, at least 1,000 neuroscience groups worldwide are using Optogenetics to study the brain.  Professor Boyden compares his work to that of a philosopher and is a recipient of the 2013 Grete Lundbeck […]

NFL and GE partner to study the brain

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/11/us-nfl-concussion-idUSBRE92A0UT20130311 The National Football League and GE announced a $60 million effort to speed up research into brain injuries and the development of new technologies to help protect the brain from traumatic injury to benefit athletes, the military and the broader public. The initiative includes a $40 million research program into imaging technologies to improve […]

Researchers explain the goals of a new brain-mapping project

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/512141/the-brain-activity-map/ A proposed effort to map brain activity on a large scale, expected to be announced by the White House later this month, could help neuroscientists understand the origins of cognition, perception, and other phenomena. These brain activities haven’t been well understood to date, in part because they arise from the interaction of large sets […]

Brain stimulation might help some functions and hurt others

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/511916/brain-boosting-technique-might-help-some-functions-while-hurting-others/ Electrically stimulating the brain may improve memory, but impede with a person’s ability to react without thinking. The approach has previously been shown to enhance various brain functions, including working memory and attention, and is being used to help stroke patients regain lost language and motor skills (see “Repairing the Stroke-Damaged Brain”). But until […]

Computer modeling may help soldiers, athletes, avoid concussions

http://hub.jhu.edu/2013/03/07/concussion-research-impact Johns Hopkins engineers have developed a powerful new computer-based process that helps identify the dangerous conditions that lead to concussion-related brain injuries. Professor K.T. Ramesh led a team that used a technique called diffusion tensor imaging, together with a computer model of the head, to identify injured axons, which are tiny but important fibers that […]

Radiation in space might harm the brains of astronauts

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/50334586/ns/technology_and_science-space/#.UOK82ak2_zI “This study shows for the first time that exposure to radiation levels equivalent to a mission to Mars could produce cognitive problems and speed up changes in the brain that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease,” study author Kerry O’Banion, a neuroscientist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, said in a statement.