Neuroscience

Renowned journal retracts controversial autism/vaccine paper (The Dana Foundation Website – 10 February 2010)

What do scientists think about the Lancet's decision to pull Andrew Wakefield's controversial case study suggesting there might be a link between the measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism?  Read about it here: Excerpt: On Feb. 2, renowned medical journal The

Parkinson’s disease: A paradign shift (The 2010 Dana Foundation Annual Progress Report on Brain Research)

Once again, I contributed a chapter to the Dana Foundation's Annual Progress Report on Brain Research.  This year, I summarized the up and coming research into Parkinson's disease – and what that may mean for treating it in the future.

Cocaine vaccine may offer alternative therapy to addicts (The Dana Foundation Website – 4 January 2010)

Researchers are working on a vaccine for cocaine – a vaccine that may help addicts stay clean. Excerpt: Andrew Kent, 51, has been battling his addiction to cocaine for more than two decades. Though he has tried different recovery programs

Gene therapy offers hope for rare retinal condition (The Dana Foundation Website – 7 December 2009)

A one-shot gene therapy may offer sight to children with a rare retinal condition called Leber's congenital amaurosis.  A recent clinical trial of the therapy showed remarkable success. Excerpt: Three years ago, when nine-year-old Corey Haas was first diagnosed with

Music training linked to better understanding of speech (The Dana Foundation Website – 30 October 2009)

New research suggests that music education may help individuals understand speech better – and may lead to new treatments for different speech-related disorders. Excerpt: French author Victor Hugo once wrote, “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and

Alzheimer’s drugs may help treat brain injuries (The Dana Foundation Website – 11 September 2009)

How might Alzheimer's disease and traumatic brain injuries be related?  I discuss that in this article for the Dana Foundation Website. Excerpt: For decades, scientists have postulated a link between traumatic brain injuries and an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s

Post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury (The 2009 Dana Foundation Annual Progress Report on Brain Research)

For the 2009 edition of the Dana Foundation's Annual Progress Report on Brain Research, I contributed a chapter concerning new research directions in the study of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Excerpt: For decades, researchers have hoped to

New drug target reduces seizures in mice (The Dana Foundation Website – 12 August 2009)

A neuroscientist at Carnegie Mellon University has stumbled on a neuronal membrane channel that may shows promise as a therapeutic target to control epileptic seizures. Excerpt: Despite a variety of available drug treatments, many people who have epilepsy still are unable to

Immune gene evolution may be driven by parasites (The Dana Foundation Website – 22 July 2009)

Helminthes, or parasitic worms, may have helped shape the human immune system.  And that symbiotic relationship may be responsible for the rise of auto-immune disorders in developed countries. Excerpt: Soon after I brought my newborn son home from the hospital,

How stress affects the brain may depend on age (The Dana Foundation Website – 12 June 2009)

It's long been known that stress affects the brain.  But new research suggests that at what age you experience that stress may determine what kind of impact it has.  Excerpt: Researchers have long known that chronic stress can harm the