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Sleepless in America — and the science behind it

There’s nothing quite like that feeling in your head after a long night of…no sleep. Your head feels disorganized, foggy, fuzzy, jumbled. Like it’s full of sludge left over from the night before. That’s maybe because it is. My colleagues and I have made some recent discoveries about what happens to the brain during sleep. In essence, we’ve found that the brain’s cells shrink during sleep in order to open up the space between them. That … Read More

One more shot of espresso, for memory’s sake

How much do Portlanders love their coffee? A lot. According to a 2011 poll by CNBC, Portland is the third most caffeinated city in the U.S., with almost 900 coffee shops and 30 local coffee roasters. And does this love of coffee have any effect on brain health? A new study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience suggests that caffeine might actually be a good thing for how our brain stores and processes long-term memories. … Read More

Scientists ‘create’ a tiny brain

For the first time, scientists have grown a brain in a dish. In a study published in the journal Nature last month, Austrian researchers used human induced pluripotent stem cells or embryonic stem cells and a combination of specialized growth conditions to produce “cerebral organoids.” Within these organoids, the authors can define many, but not all, of the discrete brain regions found in the human brain. The organization of these regions in relation to one … Read More

Brain News Roundup: ‘Seeing’ emotions, concussions and ‘multi-tasking’

Scientists can now see “sad” and “happy” in our brains. More news on the impact of concussions, including long-term impacts. And a roundup of more brain news, including fatherhood and our (mistaken) belief about how well we multi-task. • Scientists have discovered a way to “see” emotions with brain imaging technology, according to a recent study. Beyond being just plain fascinating, scientists hope the findings could bring a new way to analyze emotions beyond people’s … Read More

Violence in the brain? And beer …

Physicians and researchers have some pretty amazing ways of peering inside the human brain. And some of those methods — and what they might show us — have been in the news a lot lately. A couple of neurosurgeons at Boston University, who have studied former NFL football players and others who have received repeated hits to the head, say that the brain of alleged Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev should be studied in a special … Read More

OHSU Brain Institute ranked fifth in nation in neuroscience research

The OHSU Brain Institute has been a national leader in brain and neurology research for years. And that leadership role has been confirmed once again by a new analysis of federal research funding to U.S. medical schools for 2012. The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit group based in North Carolina, ranked OHSU fifth in the nation in total research grants in the neurosciences awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2012. OHSU … Read More

Welcome to On the Brain

Welcome!  I am really excited about inaugurating the OHSU Brain Institute’s blog, “On the brain.” OHSU is home to more than 1,000 scientists, clinicians, students, and research associates who are dedicated to studying the brain and treating people with brain diseases.  We consistently rank in the top five of research institutions receiving National Institutes of Health funding for brain research.  We have many nationally recognized neurologists, neurosurgeons, and psychiatrists who provide cutting edge care for … Read More

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