Neurology News

Virtual brain lab brings together leading neuroscientists across the world

21 Sep 2017

Twenty one leading neuroscience groups from around the world have formed a ‘virtual brain lab’ to test how the brain controls learning and decision making. The £10 million International Brain Lab brings together groups from UK, USA, France, Switzerland and Portugal to uncover how complex networks of brain cells support our ability to learn and make decisions. 

Emerging Migraine Therapies Show Promise in Basic and Clinical Highlights

11 Sep 2017

Research results presented by leaders in the field of headache medicine at the 18th Congress of the International Headache Society Sept. 7-10 reveal promising findings supporting the treatment of migraine and other headache disorders.

Eye changes may signal frontotemporal lobe degeneration

8 Sep 2017

Frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that is present in tens of thousands of Americans, but is often difficult to diagnose accurately. Now in a study published this week online ahead of print in Neurology, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have found evidence that a simple eye exam and retinal imaging test may help improve that accuracy.

Video Highlights from the 32nd International Epilepsy Congress

8 Sep 2017

Video highlights from the 32nd International Epilepsy Congress

Human skin cells transformed directly into motor neurons

7 Sep 2017

Scientists have discovered a new way to convert human skin cells directly into motor neurons. The technique, developed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, could help researchers better understand diseases of motor neurons, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Daniel Reich, M.D., Ph.D.: Imagining Brain Imaging

1 Sep 2017

Humming along in the corner of Daniel Reich’s lab is a small scientific instrument that you’d expect to see at a tech company or in a design studio. It’s a 3-D printer busily making a customized cutting box that can hold a brain extracted at an autopsy. Reich, a neuroradiologist and senior investigator in the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and his group developed the 3-D-printed cutting boxes as part of their research on multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic neuroinflammatory autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system.

FDA approval brings first gene therapy to the United States

30 Aug 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a historic action today making the first gene therapy available in the United States, ushering in a new approach to the treatment of cancer and other serious and life-threatening diseases. The FDA approved Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) for certain pediatric and young adult patients with a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

FlyPi is a low-cost 3D-printed microscope and 'neurogenetics lab'

18 Jul 2017

3D printing can create fantastic objects we’ve never seen before. It can also help create existing objects at a much, much lower cost — thereby democratizing them for an entirely new audience. FlyPi is an ultra-low cost 3D-printed microscope and “behavioral arena” that allows biomedical researchers to closely observe species such as fruit flies, worms, and zebrafish. Its creators describe it as a complete “neurogenetics lab.”

Quantum sensors herald new generation of wearable brain imaging systems

5 Jul 2017

Scientists at the University of Nottingham are working with University College London (UCL) on a five year project which has the potential to revolutionise the world of human brain imaging.

Number of dementia sufferers set to hit 1.2 million by 2040, predict Alzheimer's experts

5 Jul 2017

Campaigners warn ‘urgent’ action is needed from the Government to avert social care crisis as research suggests the number of people living with dementia in England and Wales will rise to 1.2 million by 2040 as life expectancy increases, new research suggests.

Do You Still Need to Worry About Zika?

23 Jun 2017

Last summer, public health experts were on high alert due to the rapid spread of the Zika virus, which has now been proven to cause birth defects and other health problems in infants.  So far in 2017, about 650 Americans have gotten Zika, though that it is considered an underestimate. Most people do not experience symptoms and will not know they have the virus.

Video Games May Change Brain and Behavior, Review Finds

23 Jun 2017

Playing video games may cause changes in many brain regions, according to a new review of previous research. These neural changes are basically the same as those seen in other addictive disorders.

Parkinson’s is partly an autoimmune disease, study finds

21 Jun 2017

Researchers have found the first direct evidence that autoimmunity—in which the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues—plays a role in Parkinson’s disease, the neurodegenerative movement disorder. The findings raise the possibility that the death of neurons in Parkinson’s could be prevented by therapies that dampen the immune response.

Blood test can predict onset and track progression of Huntington’s disease

8 Jun 2017

The first blood test that can predict the onset and progression of Huntington’s disease has been identified by a UCL-led study. The researchers say their findings, published in Lancet Neurology, should help test new treatments for the genetic brain disorder, which is fatal and currently incurable.

Neuroimaging technique may help predict autism among high-risk infants

7 Jun 2017

Functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging (fcMRI) may predict which high-risk, 6-month old infants will develop autism spectrum disorder by age 2 years, according to a study funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), two components of the National Institutes of Health. The study is published in the June 7, 2017, issue of Science Translational Medicine