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“Brain team” collaboration helps kids learn about the influence of alcohol

ThinkFirst Oregon, the Portland Alcohol Research Center, and the Oregon Poison Center, (AKA the Brain Team) all located at OHSU, recently collaborated on a presentation for kids in grades 4-6, addressing the influence of alcohol on the brain. During a two day period, over 900 students were bussed into the Safe Kids Union County Safety Fair, held at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in La Grande, Oregon. In 15 minute rotations, students learned about brain … Read More

Year in review: The most popular “On the Brain” posts of 2015

As we welcome in the new year, here’s a look back at the brain-related news you may have missed; a round-up of our most read blog posts of 2015: 1. Acupuncture and diet changes to treat neuropathic pain Peripheral Neuropathy is a common neurologic condition, which affects the peripheral nerves. The most common symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy are burning, tingling pain, which often feels like sharp electric sensation. More… 2. Dietary and lifestyle modifications for migraine … Read More

Miss Oregon an important voice for traumatic brain injury

When I was a freshman in high school, I suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a cheerleading accident. As someone who had no prior knowledge of brain injuries, it was difficult to understand what I was going through and why I felt so different during my recovery process. Because of the adversities I overcame as a result of my traumatic brain injury, I wanted to advocate for this serious and often ignored issue. After … Read More

Neurology residents teach Milwaukie 5th graders about the brain

“What have you learned about the brain so far today?” Hands shot into the air all around the 5th grade classroom at Linwood Elementary. “I learned that you have to wear a helmet.” “I knew this already, but that the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body.” It was an unusual day. As a resident in pediatric neurology, I usually spend my days seeing patients in the hospital or in … 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

NeuroFutures 2015: Neuroscience innovation in the Pacific Northwest

Last month, scientists and clinicians in the Pacific Northwest spent three days sharing new discoveries, igniting collaborations, and discussing the future of neuroscience research at the NeuroFutures meeting in Portland. Stimulating research talks covered advances in clinical technologies, such as deep brain stimulation for depression, retinal prosthetics, and advanced MRI imaging to study myelination, sleep, and ADHD, as well as basic science discoveries that are the building blocks for how we understand the cellular basis … 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

We’re celebrating Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day

Last Thursday, April 23, we celebrated Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day here at the OHSU Brain Institute. Today, we welcome a very special guest blogger, seven-year-old Patrick… Today I went to work with my mom. I loved it. I hope I can go next year. I pet pupys named Hope, Carolina, and Hunter, (they were very nice.) I got trivia from the shcool nursing. I liked answering the quetions. I learnd that … 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

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