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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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02/27
Liberia-U.S. clinical research partnership opens trial to test Ebola treatments
Initial study will evaluate experimental drug cocktail ZMapp.…
02/26
Adding the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) to PAR-14-237
Notice NOT-FD-15-002 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts…
02/26
NIH announces $41.5 million in funding for the Human Placenta Project
Better understanding of the placenta promises to improve the health of mothers and children.…
02/25
Notice of Clarification of Language in RFA-HG-15-001 "Centers for Common Disease Genomics (UM1)"
Notice NOT-HG-15-022 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts…
02/25
Request for Information (RFI): An Internet Resource for Placental Research - Placental Atlas Tool
Notice NOT-HD-15-005 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts…
02/24
02/24
Rare Disease Day at NIH to feature community building and research advances
Rare diseases affect an estimated 25 million people in the United States.…
02/24
Data on children?s use of complementary health approaches
Telebriefing and online presentation for members of the media.…
02/24
NIBIB launches Want to Be a Bioengineer? game app
Game introduces students to real-life examples of how bioengineers are improving people?s lives.…
02/23
Study finds peanut consumption in infancy prevents peanut allergy
NIH-funded trial compares consumption and avoidance of peanut.…
02/23
Molecule hijacks enzyme to boost alcohol metabolism
An experimental compound empowers an enzyme to help process a toxic metabolite of alcohol.…
02/19
NIH-supported clinical trials to evaluate long-acting, injectable antiretroviral drugs to prevent HIV infection
The trial will be conducted in South Africa, the United States and Zimbabwe.…
02/19
NIH-sponsored HIV vaccine trial launches in South Africa
Early-stage trial aims to build on RV144 results.…
02/19
NIH-funded scientists create potential long-acting HIV therapeutic
New molecule also might prevent HIV infection.…
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Blog Post » Funding Science
Relative to other countries, U.S. funding of science has declined in recent years; Dr. Insel talks a…
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Blog Post » Precision Medicine for Mental Disorders
In his latest blog, Dr. Insel discusses precision medicine, which is the new hot topic in research a…
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Blog Post » Mortality and Mental Disorders
A recent paper reports findings on the reduction in life expectancy among people with mental illnes…
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Blog Post » Best of 2014
Dr. Insel offers an overview of his top ten mental health stories for 2014. …
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Blog Post » Immune to Stress?
We tend to assume that the secrets to understanding individual differences in resilience to stress m…
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Blog Post » The Ignorance Project
At the recent World Economic Forum, brain research was a hot topic; Dr. Insel reports on statistics …
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Concept Clearance » Early Psychosis Intervention Network (EPINET): A Learning Healthcare System for Early Serious Mental Illness
This initiative aims to create a national Early Psychosis Intervention Network (EPINET) among treatm…
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Blog Post » What Caused This to Happen?
Dr. Insel discusses the idea that chance may have as much to do with the development of mental illne…
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Video » NIMH Director?s Innovation Speaker Series - Dr. Alyce S. Adams, PhD
Dr. Alyce S. Adams, PhD, presents ?When Access isn?t Enough - Persistent Disparities among our Natio…
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Blog Post » Lost in Translation
Drug testing in mice has been a poor guide to effectiveness in humans; Dr. Insel talks about the nee…
03/02
Cerebral blood flow as a possible marker for concussion outcomes
A new imaging study suggests that cerebral blood flow recovery in the brain could be a biomarker of …
03/02
One step closer to defeating Alzheimer's disease
Researchers show that toning down the activity of the receptor TREM2 may help put a stop to neurodeg…
03/02
Mind-readers: Scientists crack a piece of the neural code for learning and memory
In work published today in Nature, researchers describe how postmortem brain slices can be 'read' to…
03/02
Low sugar uptake in brain appears to exacerbate Alzheimer's disease
A deficiency in the protein responsible for moving glucose across the brain's protective blood-brain…
03/02
Researchers propose novel new treatment of stroke and other neurological diseases
Medicine should reconsider how it treats stroke and other neurological disorders, focusing on the in…
03/02
Sleep-walking neurons: Brain's GPS never stops working-even during sleep
Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that navigational brain cells that help sense d…
03/02
Alcohol screening and intervention for risky drinking: A guide for physicians
A new review in the Canadian Medical Association Journal provides tips for physicians to help patien…
03/02
Study maps extroversion types in the brain's anatomy
Everyday experience and psychological studies alike tell us that there are two different types of ex…
03/02
Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D may control brain serotonin
Although essential marine omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D have been shown to improve cognitive fun…
03/02
Newly discovered neurons predict the cooperative behavior of others
Social interactions rely on the ability to anticipate others' intentions and actions, and identifyin…
03/02
Improved survival for patients with brain mets who are 50 and younger and receive SRS alone
Cancer patients with limited brain metastases -- one to four tumors -- who are 50 years old and youn…
03/02
The body's Transformers
UCSB researchers examine a shape-shifting protein in the brain to learn more about how form affects …
03/02
Case study: Nebraska's Ebola isolation and decontamination approach
The Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, located at the Nebraska Medical Center, has shared its protocol fo…
03/02
Beliefs Affect Brain Responses to Nicotine
… the brain responses using functional magnetic resonance imaging. "We…
03/02
Genetic discovery may help determine effectiveness of Huntington's disease treatments
A new genetic discovery in the field of Huntington's disease (HD) could mean a more effective way in…
03/02
Beliefs Can Regulate Effects of Nicotine on the Human Brain
… the brain responses using functional magnetic resonance imaging. "We…
03/02
Results challenge conventional wisdom about where the brain processes visual information
… basic assumption. Using high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a te…
03/02
Pain Cases May Usher Brain Scans into the Courtroom
… 's signature using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which measures and map…
03/01
International classification of functioning, disability and health benefits neurorehab research and patient care
Guidelines and limitations reported in NeuroRehabilitationUse of the International Classification of…
03/01
Brain imaging as evidence: is it legal?
… decades away? because the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) process is so sensi…
03/01
Beliefs about nicotine 'may override its effects on the brain'
Participants who believed their cigarettes were nicotine-free when they actually contained the subst…
03/01
Beliefs Can Regulate Effects of Nicotine on the Human Brain
… the brain responses using functional magnetic resonance imaging. We suspe…
03/01
Urdu couplets are elixir for brain; Learning The Language Helps Prevent Dementia
… mapping was done using functional magnetic resonance imaging technique, a world-class tech…
02/28
Believing nicotine isn't real tricks your...
… scanned volunteers? brains using functional magnetic resonance imaging. ?…
02/27
8 tips for cultivating cross-cultural relationships in Atlanta
… better at decoding body language. Magnetic resonance imaging has proven that women have &#…
02/27
Neurons Controlling Appetite Made from Skin Cells
According to a new study, researchers have successfully converted adult skin cells into hypothalamic…
02/27
Use of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) benefits neurorehabilitation research and patient care
Use of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) has increased si…
02/27
Together, nanotechnology and genetic interference may tackle 'untreatable' brain tumors
Tel Aviv University researchers' groundbreaking strategy stops brain tumor cell proliferation with t…
02/27
Study Challenges Theory on Unconscious Memory System in the Brain
New research using EEG technology explores the role the hippocampus plays in unconscious memory. …
02/26
Intermediary Neuron Acts as Synaptic Cloaking Device
A new study reports somatostatin neurons regulate synaptic activity in the neocortex. …
02/26
Study Identifies Neurons That Help Predict What Another Individual Will Do
A new study reports researchers have identified two groups of neurons which appear to play key roles…
02/26
Bumblebees Make False Memories Too
A new study explores false memory in bumble bees. …
02/25
A motor cortex circuit for motor planning and movement
During movement preparation, motor cortical neuronal subpopulations that project to downstream motor…
02/23
Differential DNA mismatch repair underlies mutation rate variation across the human genome
Cancer genome sequencing has revealed considerable variation in somatic mutation rates across the hu…
02/23
Horizontal membrane-intrinsic ?-helices in the stator a-subunit of an F-type ATP synthase
ATP, the universal energy currency of cells, is produced by F-type ATP synthases, which are ancient,…
02/19
Early Blood Brain Barrier Changes in Acute Ischemic Stroke: A Sequential MRI Study
CONCLUSIONBBB changes are exceptional during the first 3 hours after stroke onset. Delayed BBB alter…
02/19
Variations of ITSS?Morphology and their Relationship to Location and Tumor Volume in Patients with Glioblastoma
CONCLUSIONOur findings indicate that ITSS?morphology is not a random phenomenon. Location of GB, as …
02/19
In Vivo Characterization of Carotid Neointimal Hyperplasia by use of Optical Coherence Tomography: Before and After Cutting Balloon Angioplasty
We report the novel use of OCT for tissue characterization of severe stenosis subsequent to carotid …
02/19
Imaging of Primary Brain Tumors and Metastases with Fast Quantitative 3?Dimensional Magnetization Transfer
CONCLUSIONSMTR and qMT imaging enables a better differentiation between brain tumors and provides ad…
02/18
Hypothalamic POMC neurons promote cannabinoid-induced feeding
Cannabinoid-induced feeding signals are shown to enhance pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neuronal activi…
02/18
Neuroscience: A cellular basis for the munchies
How does marijuana cause the irresistible hunger pangs known as the munchies? Paradoxically, the ans…
02/15
Onyx?HD 500 Embolization of a Traumatic Internal Carotid Artery Pseudoaneurysm after Transsphenoidal Surgery
CONCLUSIONThis case illustrates the utility of a high?viscosity liquid embolic agent in providing im…
02/15
Relative FLAIR Signal Intensities over Time in Acute Ischemic Stroke: Comparison of Two Methods
CONCLUSIONBoth methods show a similar performance, and might be a suitable help for the visual asses…
02/13
Reversible Splenial Lesion Syndrome (RESLES) Following Glufosinate Ammonium Poisoning
ABSTRACT Isolated and reversible lesion restricted to the splenium of the corpus callosum, known as …
02/10
Noninvasive Qureshi Grading Scheme Predicts 90?Day mRS in Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke
CONCLUSIONSThe noninvasive Qureshi scheme using MRA or CTA provides meaningful information about lon…
02/09
Structural basis of CpG and inhibitory DNA recognition by Toll-like receptor 9
Innate immunity serves as the first line of defence against invading pathogens such as bacteria and …
02/09
Neuroimaging in Sensory Neuronopathy
ABSTRACT Sensory neuronopathies (SN) are a group of disorders characterized by primary damage to the…
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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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