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Genome-wide imaging study identifies new gene associated with Alzheimer’s plaques

February 20, 2013 -- A study combining genetic data with brain imaging, designed to identify genes associated with the amyloid plaque deposits found in Alzheimer’s disease patients, has not only identified the APOE gene -- long associated with development of Alzheimer’s -- but has uncovered an association with a second gene, called BCHE.

On 'Sound Medicine': African childbirth mortality, brain surgery, and early puberty in boys

February 15, 2013 -- The award-winning “Sound Medicine” announces its program for Feb. 17, featuring several segments on brain surgery breakthroughs, adherence devices and early puberty in boys. Please check local listings for broadcast dates, times and stations.

IU School of Medicine, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana selected for national brain injury research network

September 27, 2012 -- Federal officials have designated Indiana University School of Medicine and Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana a Traumatic Brain Injury Model System site. The five-year $2,137,500 grant adds local researchers and physicians to the leading national network of centers studying and treating traumatic brain injury and its impact on the lives of patients and their families.

Blocking immune system receptor present on neurons could improve morphine effectiveness, IU scientists report

August 16, 2012 -- Morphine given to relieve chronic pain can, counter to expectations, result in a person feeling more pain. But a drug that blocks a key immune system component could make the morphine treatment more effective by blocking that side-effect pain, according to researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Groundbreaking ceremony set as construction begins on IU neurosciences research facility

August 3, 2012 -- Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will join leaders of Indiana University and Indiana University Health Aug. 6 to recognize the start of construction that will result in a new center for research and clinical excellence in the neurosciences in Indianapolis.

Army anti-suicide initiative brings $3 million to IU School of Medicine scientist’s research

July 24, 2012 -- Could a nasal spray provide a quick antidote to suicidal thoughts among soldiers? An Indiana University School of Medicine scientist has been awarded a $3 million research grant from the U.S. Army to develop such a system.

Scientists mount genome research initiative to unlock Alzheimer’s genetic secrets

July 2, 2012 -- The genetic secrets of Alzheimer’s disease are hiding in our DNA. Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine and colleagues across the country are mounting a revolutionary new research project to find them.

2012 Memory University begins June 7

June 5, 2012 -- The Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center at Indiana University School of Medicine will present the fourth annual Memory University from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays in June in the auditorium at Riley Outpatient Center, 575 Riley Hospital Drive, Indianapolis.

Researchers identify key genes and prototype predictive test for schizophrenia

May 15, 2012 -- An Indiana University-led research team, along with a group of national and international collaborators, has identified and prioritized a comprehensive group of genes most associated with schizophrenia that together can generate a score indicating whether an individual is at higher or lower risk of developing the disease.

Study: Alzheimer's drug fails to reduce significant agitation

May 2, 2012 -- A drug prescribed for Alzheimer’s disease does not ease clinically significant agitation in patients, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the U.K., U.S. and Norway. This is the first randomized controlled trial designed to assess the effectiveness of the drug (generic name memantine) for significant agitation in Alzheimer’s patients.

Alcohol and Drug “Cues” Trigger Physical Responses that Cause Cravings and Relapse, IU Researchers Report

April 16, 2012 -- Alcohol craving and relapse may have a physical neurological basis, and a particular part of the brain goes into action when those cravings are stimulated, Indiana University School of Medicine researchers reported today.

Indiana University School of Medicine Seeks Participants for Traumatic Brain Injury Study

March 19, 2012 -- Have you experienced a brain injury with lasting effects?

IU School Of Medicine Joins Forces with Michelle Obama to Aid Veterans and Their Families

January 11, 2012 -- The Indiana University School of Medicine is uniting with first lady Michelle Obama's Joining Forces initiative in committing to train physicians to meet the unique health care needs of veterans and their families, including treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

Violent Video Games Alter Brain Function in Young Men

December 1, 2011 -- Sustained changes in the region of the brain associated with cognitive function and emotional control were found in young adult men after one week of playing violent video games, according to study results presented by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

Protecting Our Brains: Tackling Delirium

November 17, 2011 -- A new national plan of action provides a roadmap for improving the care of patients with delirium, a poorly understood and often unrecognized brain condition that affects approximately seven million hospitalized Americans each year.

Leading Neurological Surgeon Joins Indiana University, Heads Neuroscience Center

October 11, 2011 -- Nicholas M. Barbaro, M.D., an internationally recognized neurosurgeon and researcher, has been named chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Indiana University and the first medical director of the new Indiana University Health Neurosciences Center of Excellence.

New Modeling of Brain’s Circuitry May Bring Better Understanding of Parkinson’s Disease

September 27, 2011 -- Researchers from the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis have developed a mathematical model of the brain’s neural circuitry that may provide a better understanding of how and why information is not transmitted correctly in the brains of Parkinson’s disease patients. This knowledge may eventually help scientists and clinicians correct these misfires.

New Target for Pain May Also Reduce Brain Injury from Trauma, Indiana University Researchers Say

August 15, 2011 -- A newly discovered peptide that appears to minimize acute and chronic pain has now been identified as a potential tool to prevent cell death following traumatic brain injury.

State's first-of-its-kind neuroscience facility reaches halfway point

July 19, 2011 -- The future of neuroscience is taking shape in downtown Indianapolis as construction for the first phase of the much-anticipated Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center reaches the halfway point.

Indiana University Neuroscientists Map a New Target to Wipe Pain Away

June 6, 2011 -- Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have discovered a peptide that short circuits a pathway for chronic pain. Unlike current treatments this peptide does not exhibit deleterious side effects such as reduced motor coordination, memory loss or depression, according to an article in Nature Medicine posted online June 5, 2011.