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

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

New Army risk and resilience project searches for signs of potential suicide (The Dana Foundation Website – 8 September 2011)

An ambitious new research project led by the U.S. Army and the National Institute of Mental Health hopes to find predictors of suicide for members of the military–and beyond. Excerpt: In the late 1940s, the National Heart Institute (now called

Is the neuroscientific study of pain lagging? (The Dana Foundation Website – 30 August 2011)

A remark at the One Mind for Research summit inspires the question, "Is the neuroscientific study of pain lagging?" Excerpt: Earlier this year, scientists, politicians and other healthcare advocates came together to share their hopes for the next decade of

Neural network mimics schizophrenia-like dopamine release in the brain (The Dana Foundation Website – 3 August 2011)

A neural network suggests that "hyper-learning," or a heightened release of dopamine in the brain that muddles the way schizophrenics remember language and events, may give us a better understanding of the factors leading to psychosis. Excerpt: Schizophrenia is a

Neuroanatomy–A primer (The Dana Foundation Website – 15 July 2011)

The brain boasts a complex architecture.  Here are the basics of its build and make-up. Excerpt: The human brain is a unique structure that boasts a complex three-dimensional architecture. Neuroscientists are only beginning to understand how the different parts of

Depression: Not just for adults (The Dana Foundation Website – 2 June 2011)

New research suggests not only that depression may occur in children as young as 3 years of age but that it is predictive of later episodes. Excerpt: From a distance, Callie1 appears to be a normal if quiet 5-year-old girl.

Hearts and Minds (Houston Chronicle City Brights Blog)

I am now contributing a new weekly blog to the  Houston Chronicle City Brights collection:  Hearts and Minds.  In it, I discuss new findings in life, love and science.  With the occasional personal story thrown in. 

Will neuroscience challenge the legal concept of criminal responsibility? (The Dana Foundation Website – 24 May 2011)

Advances in neuroscience may challenge many notions held dear in the American legal system.  Hear what the experts have to say about whether it will challenge the concept of criminal responsibility. Excerpt: Just before 10:00 a.m. on June 20, 2001,

Biomarkers–A primer (The Dana Foundation Website – 2011)

Biological markers, or biomarkers, are changing the field of science and medicine by providing novel ways to predict, diagnoses and treat different diseases and disorders. Excerpt: Biological markers, or biomarkers, are substances that indicate a particular biological state. Today, neuroscientific