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  The purpose and goal of brain mapping is to advance the understanding of the relationship between structure and function in the human brain. Scientists in this field seek to gain knowledge of the physical processes that underlie human sensation, attention awareness and cognition. These results are immediately applicable to surgical intervention, to the design of medical interventions and to the treatment of psychological and psychiatric disorders.

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10/22
NIH to admit Texas nurse diagnosed with Ebola virus
NIH is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our patients, NIH staff, and the public.…
10/21
NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5)
Funding Opportunity RFA-RM-14-004 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. The NIH …
10/21
Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (PS-ON): Physical Sciences-Oncology Projects (PS-OP) (U01)
Funding Opportunity PAR-15-021 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. This Fundin…
10/20
Elucidating HIV and HIV-treatment Associated Metabolic/Endocrine Dysfunction (R01)
Funding Opportunity RFA-DK-14-023 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. The goal…
10/20
Shaking up cell biology
Researchers focus in on decades old mystery.…
10/20
Clinical Studies of Safety and Effectiveness of Orphan Products Research Project Grant (R01)
Funding Opportunity RFA-FD-15-001 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. The goal…
10/17
Using social media to better understand, prevent, and treat substance use
NIH announces 11 awards funded across three institutes.…
10/15
Study casts doubt on plans to scale up preterm birth treatment in low resource settings
Intervention of no benefit, could increase newborn death risk, NIH funded study finds.…
10/10
Dr. Craig J. McClain to deliver 19th annual Mark Keller Honorary Lecture at the National Institutes of Health
The lecture is titled "Nutrition, Gut Barrier Function, and Liver Disease."…
10/10
Scientists sniff out unexpected role for stem cells in the brain
NIH scientists find that restocking new cells in the brain?s center for smell maintains crucial circ…
10/09
NIH invests almost $32 million to increase utility of biomedical research data
BD2K programs are at the forefront of NIH?s efforts to increase the efficiency and cost effectivenes…
10/08
Increased health risks linked to first-episode psychosis
Researchers call for coordinated care to address risks ? NIH-funded study.…
10/08
NIH Grantee Honored With 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Early prototype microscope built at NIH.…
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10/21
Scientists take step towards drug to treat norovirus stomach bug
An experimental drug currently being trialled for influenza and Ebola viruses could have a new targe…
10/21
New analysis methodology may revolutionize breast cancer therapy
Stroma cells are derived from connective tissue and may critically influence tumor growth. This know…
10/21
Immune proteins moonlight to regulate brain-cell connections
When it comes to the brain, 'more is better' seems like an obvious assumption. But in the case of sy…
10/21
Tarantula venom illuminates electrical activity in live cells
Researchers have created a cellular probe that combines a tarantula toxin with a fluorescent compoun…
10/21
Analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs may have an impact on depression
Ordinary over the counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs purchased from pharmacies may also…
10/21
Transition from moderate to problem drinking hinges on genetic material
Researchers from UCSF have found that microRNA levels in the brain are important in development of a…
10/21
Mental rest and reflection 'boost learning'
New research finds that restful reflection can strengthen memories in the mind and forge new mental …
10/21
Impressions shaped by facial appearance foster biased decisions
Research in recent years has shown that people associate specific facial traits with an individual's…
10/21
Noise-induced hearing loss restored in mice
By increasing production of a protein called NT3 - found to be crucial for communication between the…
10/21
Protecting connections in brain could halt Parkinson's
Stopping the death of synapses - the connections between nerve cells in the brain - could provide a …
10/21
Vitamin D deficiency increases poor brain function after cardiac arrest by sevenfold
Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of poor brain function after sudden cardiac arrest by seven-…
10/21
Neurotherapy more successful for some
… the first to use functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging to predict whether neurofeedback ? …
10/21
Write your way out of chronic pain
… they look at functional brain MRI scans. In a study published in ……
10/20
Tarantula toxin is used to report on electrical activity in live cells
A novel probe that reports on the electrical activity of cells, made by fusing tarantula toxin with …
10/20
Mental rest and reflection boost learning, study suggests
A new study, which may have implications for approaches to education, finds that brain mechanisms en…
10/20
Scientists restore hearing in noise-deafened mice, pointing way to new therapies
Scientists have restored the hearing of mice partly deafened by noise, using advanced tools to boost…
10/20
Study Suggests Mental Rest and Reflection Boost Learning
A new study reports mental rest and reflection boost memory and learning. …
10/20
Tarantula Toxin is Used to Report on Electrical Activity in Live Cells
Researchers develop a novel probe which uses tarantula toxins combined with a fluorescent compound t…
10/20
Rapid Agent Restores Pleasure Seeking Ahead of Other Antidepressant Action
Treatment resistant bipolar disorder patients experienced a reversal of a key symptom 40 minutes aft…
10/20
Graphene Microelectrodes are Powerful Tools for Studying Epilepsy and Other Brain Disorders
Researchers develop a graphene microelectrode that allows for optical imaging and electrophysiologic…
10/19
Hepatitis A virus and the origins of picornaviruses
Hepatitis A virus (HAV) remains enigmatic, despite 1.4 million cases worldwide annually. It differs …
10/19
Reductive dehalogenase structure suggests a mechanism for B12-dependent dehalogenation
Organohalide chemistry underpins many industrial and agricultural processes, and a large proportion …
10/19
Vitamin D deficiency linked to poor brain function, death after cardiac arrest
Researchers find that patients who are vitamin D deficient may be more likely to have poor brain fu…
10/17
Research Could Help Improve Bladder Function Among People with Spinal Cord Injuries
Epidural stimulation enabled rats with spinal cord injuries to better control their bladders, a new …
10/16
Current models for predicting outcomes after mild traumatic brain injury perform poorly
For the 5-15% of patients with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) who will have lingering physical, …
10/15
Selection for niche differentiation in plant communities increases biodiversity effects
In experimental plant communities, relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning have…
10/15
Primate-specific endogenous retrovirus-driven transcription defines naive-like stem cells
Naive embryonic stem cells hold great promise for research and therapeutics as they have broad and r…
10/15
Piezoelectricity of single-atomic-layer MoS2 for energy conversion and piezotronics
The piezoelectric characteristics of nanowires, thin films and bulk crystals have been closely studi…
10/12
A three-dimensional human neural cell culture model of Alzheimer?s disease
Alzheimer?s disease is the most common form of dementia, characterized by two pathological hallmarks…
10/12
Cohesin-dependent globules and heterochromatin shape 3D genome architecture in S. pombe
Eukaryotic genomes are folded into three-dimensional structures, such as self-associating topologica…
10/11
Evaluation of Rotational Vertebral Artery Occlusion Using Ultrasound Facilitates the Detection of Arterial Dissection in the Atlas Loop
CONCLUSIONFor posterior circulation stroke patients, adding submaximal head rotation to the cervical…
10/08
Structure and immune recognition of trimeric pre-fusion HIV-1 Env
A crystal structure of the human immunodeficiency virus Env trimer, used by the virus to infect cell…
10/06
Serial MR Imaging in Suprasellar Xanthogranuloma: Growth Pattern and New Lesions
We describe a case of suprasellar xanthogranuloma in whom serial MRI revealed features that have not…
10/06
Predictive Models Based on Support Vector Machines: Whole?Brain versus Regional Analysis of Structural MRI in the Alzheimer's Disease
This study compares the performances of three classification methods based on support vector machine…
10/05
Rapid development of broadly influenza neutralizing antibodies through redundant mutations
The neutralizing antibody response to influenza virus is dominated by antibodies that bind to the gl…
10/01
A neuroimaging investigation of attribute framing and individual differences
Functional magnetic resonance imaging was used to evaluate the neural basis of framing effects. We …
10/01
Dorsomedial prefrontal metabolism and unawareness of current characteristics of personality traits in Alzheimer's disease
Anosognosia is a complex symptom corresponding to a lack of awareness of one’s current clinic…
10/01
Temporal dynamics of motor cortex excitability during perception of natural emotional scenes
Although it is widely assumed that emotions prime the body for action, the effects of visual percep…
10/01
Weak reward source memory in depression reflects blunted activation of VTA/SN and parahippocampus
Reward responses in the medial temporal lobes and dopaminergic midbrain boost episodic memory forma…
10/01
Altered functional connectivity of basal ganglia circuitry in dental phobia
Recent symptom provocation studies that compared patients suffering from dental phobia with healthy…
10/01
Underconnectivity of the superior temporal sulcus predicts emotion recognition deficits in autism
Neurodevelopmental disconnections have been assumed to cause behavioral alterations in autism spect…
10/01
Existential neuroscience: effects of mortality salience on the neurocognitive processing of attractive opposite-sex faces
Being reminded of the inherently finite nature of human existence has been demonstrated to elicit s…
10/01
Changing the mind? Not really--activity and connectivity in the caudate correlates with changes of choice
Changes in preference are inherently subjective and internal psychological events. We have identifi…
10/01
5-HTTLPR, anxiety and gender interaction moderates right amygdala volume in healthy subjects
Genetic variants within the serotonin transporter gene (5-HTTLPR) impact the neurobiology and risk …
10/01
How affective information from faces and scenes interacts in the brain
Facial expression perception can be influenced by the natural visual context in which the face is p…
10/01
Tension-related activity in the orbitofrontal cortex and amygdala: an fMRI study with music
Tonal music is characterized by a continuous flow of tension and resolution. This flow of tension a…
10/01
Cumulative risk on the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) underpins empathic communication difficulties at the first stages of romantic love
Empathic communication between couples plays an important role in relationship quality and individu…
10/01
Opioid receptor blockade and warmth-liking: effects on interpersonal trust and frontal asymmetry
The emotion ‘warmth-liking’ (WL) associated with feelings of affection and acceptance i…
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An ink drawing form \"Glia and Muscle Sculpt Neuromuscular Arbors by Engulfing Destabilized Synaptic Boutons and Shed Presynaptic Debris\", which appeared in PLoS Biology (see Fuentes-Medel et al., e1000184) showing that synaptic growth at the neuromuscular junction entails substantial shedding of membranes, which are removed through a collaboration between muscles and glial cells. Image Credit: Vivian Budnik, University of Massachusetts Medical School
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