Archive for 2014

Teenagers must understand their own brain — a work in progress

The adolescent brain is a work in progress. The teenage years entail immense responsibility. At 15, many face a rigorous course load of honors classes. At 16, a teen can legally getbehind the wheel of a car, and at 17 many are nearing full independence — sometimes abusing this independence with decisions like unhealthy diet, lack of sleep, and binge drinking. Yet, even as teenagers take on the daunting task of adulthood at age 18, … Read More

Health watch: Jogging your memory

In March, researchers conducting a study of older adults announced a blood test that could predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Of course, the test is very preliminary and the testing process, itself, still needs more research. So, what can you do to know to help stave off memory loss? What do you and your loved ones need to know about dementia? Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia often have something in common: they may … Read More

What you missed at BRAINet: Post-Vietnam aircraft contamination effects on personnel

Our Brain Research Awareness and Information Network (BRAINet) is a volunteer outreach organization of the OHSU Brain Institute. Each month, an OHSU clinician or researcher presents a lecture to members on a new brain-related topic. Our goal is to foster awareness and support for neuroscience research. This September, we had the privilege of hearing from Fred Berman, D.V.M. Ph.D., who heads the Toxicology Information Center  within the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU. ~Julie Branford, President of BRAINet The … Read More

Finding the end of the story…in different ways

Many years ago, while walking down a sidewalk with my son, I looked down at my small boy and asked him whether he preferred reading fiction or non-fiction. He said he likes what he learns from non-fiction but it isn’t as exciting as fiction. Non-fiction tells you what’s happening right from the start, he said, but in fiction, you don’t find out until the end. His comment was an epiphany for me. I study mouse … Read More

Neuroscientists go to Washington — as advocates for science

This last March, I had the opportunity to join fellow neuroscientists from around the country in an effort to increase political awareness of scientific research during the Society for Neuroscience Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C. The group was made up of about 45 Society for Neuroscience members, including graduate students, post-doctoral fellows (like myself), faculty members, SfN staff and senior SfN leaders. Combined, we met with more than 75 congressional offices over the course … Read More

Healthy Brain Campaign: Get active

The OHSU Brain Institute has launched the Healthy Brain Campaign to spread the message that the key to maintaining a healthy brain is to do all of the things you know are good for your heart and your overall health. That is why we are dedicating each month, from March until October, to following the American Heart Association’s “Life’s Simple 7” steps to living a healthier lifestyle. During May, we urge you to take the … Read More

May 12 Brain Awareness Lecture: Cancer and the brain

Several years ago, U.S. scientists launched a hugely ambitious project called the Cancer Genome Atlas. It is a comprehensive and coordinated effort to increase our understanding of the molecular basis of cancer. The project is doing that through the application of something called genome analysis, including large-scale genome sequencing. After the project launched in 2006, its first target was the brain. Project leaders wanted to learn more about the most common and lethal of brain … Read More

Healthy Brain Campaign: Quit Smoking

At the start of the OHSU Brain Institute’s Healthy Brain Campaign we encouraged you to partner with a Healthcare provider to educate yourself on the seven key health factors and behaviors that will keep your heart and brain healthy and enhance your quality of life. During April, our focus is on the first of the American Heart Association’s “Life’s Simple 7″ keys to better health — which is to quit smoking. Health Risks The health … Read More

April 7 Brain Awareness lecture: the adolescent brain

Adolescence is a time of dramatic behavioral, cognitive, social, and biological change. In recent years, techniques that scientists use to measure and image the brain have greatly enhanced our understanding of these changes. I’ll be talking about some of these changes – and everything that scientists are learning about the differences in the teenage brain – during my Brain Awareness Season lecture this Monday evening, April 7. The lecture, sponsored by the OHSU Brain Institute, … Read More

Keeping your brain healthy — 7 simple steps

Keeping your brain healthy is simpler than you might think. In fact, the best chance for keeping your brain healthy — far into your senior years — can be as simple as keeping your body healthy. But it takes a commitment, and maybe just a bit of sideline support. So the OHSU Brain Institute has recently launched its Healthy Brain Campaign. At the center of the campaign are seven simple lessons to live by — … Read More

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