Articles

Finding the key to open the blood brain barrier (The Dana Foundation Website – 5 December 2011)

Neuroscientists are finding novel ways to open the blood brain barrier–to potentially deliver much-needed drugs to individuals with Alzheimer's or other neurodegenerative disorders. Excerpt: Potential drugs for neurodegenerative disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and Alzheimer’s disease have been stymied…

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What neuroscience can teach us about love (Happen – November 2011)

Theo Pauline Nestor interviewed me for this Q&A about love and the brain.  Excerpt: When writer Kayt Sukel was perched to reenter the dating world, she was suddenly confronted with the fact that she could not answer what she thought…

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For first time, researchers describe molecular mechanism for a ‘gateway drug’—nicotine (The Dana Foundation Website – 22 November 2011)

Nicotine has long been thought to be a "gateway drug."  For the first time, the biological underpinnings of that gateway mechanism have been explained. Excerpt: A few years ago, I attended an open Alcoholics Anonymous meeting to support a friend…

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Reactive temperament in infancy linked to amygdala activity later in life (The Dana Foundation Website – 18 November 2011)

Jerome Kagan's lab at Harvard University is finding that early temperament is linked to later activation differences in the amygdala. Excerpt: My great-grandmother once told me that babies keep only one trait throughout the course of their lifetime—their temperament. It…

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Brain Receptors – A Primer (The Dana Foundation Website – 4 November 2011)

Neural receptors play an important role in several neuropsychiatric disorders.  Here is a basic primer on how they work. Excerpt: Synaptic transmission begins when one brain cell releases a neurochemical into the synapse. The transmission, however, is not complete until…

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At-risk alcoholism phenotype shows measureable brain changes (The Dana Foundation Website – 28 October 2011)

A new study may offer help in identifying those who are most at-risk for alcoholism. Excerpt: The National Institutes of Health estimate that nearly 18 million adults in the United States have an alcohol abuse disorder. Alcoholism is a disease…

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Childhood trauma leaves lasting marks on the brain (The Dana Foundation Website – 24 October 2011)

New evidence suggests that physical and emotional trauma can make lasting changes to the brain.  Excerpt: "Common wisdom" has long linked childhood traumas such as physical and sexual abuse to psychopathology later in life. Now, an ongoing longitudinal study called…

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Your brain and online dating (Happen Magazine – October 2011)

What did I learn as I researched DIRTY MINDS that may help in the dating world?  I spilled some of the details to Happen, Match.com's magazine. Excerpt: Kayt Sukel is the author of Dirty Minds: How Our Brains Influence Love,…

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Viral treatment may offer hope to brain tumor treatments (The Dana Foundation Website – 18 October 2011)

Scientists and clinicians at the Methodist Neurological Institute in Houston, Texas are re-engineering the herpes virus in order to treat a deadly form of brain tumor. Excerpt: People diagnosed with a particularly insidious form of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme, typically…

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Genes, patients and psychiatric disorders (The Dana Foundation Website – 29 September 2011)

A Q&A with Huda Y. Zoghbi, winner of the 2011 Gruber Prize for Neuroscience.  Excerpt: Dr. Huda Y. Zoghbi, a professor in the departments of pediatrics, molecular and human genetics, and neurology at the Baylor College of Medicine, took home…

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