Ask our Expert

Sleep expert shares his secrets for easing into the upcoming time change

The end of daylight saving time is soon approaching, and while most of us look forward to that “extra” hour of sleep, there are a few things to think about when society’s clock changes, but our biological clock doesn’t. With the time change, our streets and roads become darker closer to rush hour. This poses increased danger for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians alike. Studies have shown increased accidents due to poor visibility and possibly because … Read More

A look back at a neuroscience meeting of the minds in the Pacific Northwest

A Congressman, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) director, a leader of a national advocacy group, and a scientist-turned-advocate shared a stage last month in Portland, OR, to talk about the importance and impact of neuroscience research nationwide. This Neuroscience Town Hall was the final event of the NeuroFutures conference, organized and sponsored by the OHSU Brain Institute, the University of Washington, and the Allen Institute for Brain Science, which brought together scientists and clinicians in … Read More

Three questions for Sean Speese

Sean Speese, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the OHSU Jungers Center for Neurosciences Research. His career has spanned 17 years of research in invertebrate model systems.  What questions are you trying to answer in your work? Our main overarching goal is to understand how cells regulate expression of specific genes in time and space. For example, neurons in our brains are quite large, highly arborized and can span long distances. However, these cells are tasked … Read More

Meet Tianyi Mao: Looking at brain circuits in a new light

The Brain Research Awareness and Information Network (BRAINet) is the volunteer outreach organization of the OHSU Brain Institute. Each month, they come together for a lecture luncheon. Tianyi Mao, Ph.D. was a recent guest speaker. Our brains are the most sophisticated computing machines on the planet. They are amazingly plastic, yet macroscopically their structures are conserved across individuals within a species. Information, both internal and external, is processed by such stereotypical brain circuits. It flows from one sub-region in … Read More

Your health questions answered: What can I do to lower my risk of stroke?

You ask. OHSU health experts answer. This month, one of our stroke experts is on the hot seat.  Q: Stroke runs in my family: What can I do to lower my risk? A: The most important thing you can do to lower your risk of stroke is to keep your blood pressure under control. Also, conditions such as high cholesterol and diabetes can run in families and increase your stroke risk. If you have an … Read More

Reflections: Memory, melody and jazz

We’re gearing up for the Portland screening of the film “Una Vida” on Monday, April 27. A panel discussion from three neuro-experts will follow the film, including artist Tim DuRoche. Tim will share his expertise on New Orleans jazz and the intra-psychic impact of music on the mind. Today, he talks memory and music as our “On the Brain” guest blogger… As I look forward to the screening and post-film discussion of Nicholas Bazan’s Una Vida … Read More

Celebrate National Doctors Day by saying thank you

In celebration of National Doctors Day, our friends over at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital sat down with Dr. Nate Selden to ask what inspired him to become a physician – and what continues to inspire him in his day-to-day life as the Campagna Chair of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Doernbecher and Director of OHSU’s Neurological Surgery Residency Program. Below, find an excerpt of Dr. Selden’s post, originally published on our Doernbecher “Healthy Families” blog. Day to day, I never use any of the information I … Read More

Five ways to explore Brain Awareness Season

On behalf of the OHSU Brain Institute, I am proud to present our 16th Brain Awareness Season! This year’s theme is The Infinite Brain. The universe is full of unlimited connections and possibilities, but the world inside our heads is as equally fascinating and infinite. Our brains not only affect how we think, feel and act, but also how society develops and evolves. The Season includes events for all types of audiences. Here are just a … Read More

Workplace freedom and support improves sleep

About 25-30% of U.S. citizens report insufficient sleep, which is associated with workplace errors, crashes, disease, and even early mortality. With co-authors from the Work, Family, and Health Network, I recently published our findings in the journal Sleep Health. In short, we found that a workplace program to reduce work-family conflict resulted in increased employee sleep a full year after the study started. This was measured with “sleep watches” that determine sleep periods through wrist movements. … Read More

Ask our expert: Aging & declining mental ability

Q: Does getting older always mean losing mental ability? A: Part of normal brain aging may mean a slowing of mental processing, especially in your memory. Although many patients ask, it’s difficult to prescribe any particular type of mental exercise for your brain, though learning things that get you out of your normal routine can help, such as learning a new language or trying a different type of puzzle. But your best option is physical activity: … Read More

OHSU Brain Institute

OHSU Brain Institute Profile image

We are a national leader in brain disease treatment and research.

Participation Guidelines

Remember: information you share here is public; it isn't medical advice. Need advice or treatment? Contact your healthcare provider directly. Read our Terms of Use and this disclaimer for details.