Oregon Poison Center experts discuss marijuana with educators from around the nation

The Oregon Poison Center at OHSU recently presented on Oregon’s new marijuana laws from a poison prevention outlook at the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology 2016 (NACCT). Members of the Oregon Poison Center packed their bags and headed to Boston for this year’s annual toxicology conference. “Marijuana: The Poison Prevention Outlook” was one of the most anticipated sessions for the nation’s poison center educators. In this session, Fiorella Carhuaz, the health educator for the Oregon Poison … Read More

Neurosurgery resident waltzes through joys of ballroom dance

There may be a joke out there somewhere about how ballroom dancing is hardly brain surgery, but Kunal Gupta isn’t likely going to be the person to make it. Instead, Gupta, a native of the United Kingdom, is actually someone with an affinity for and a connection to both brain surgery and ballroom dancing. Now in his fourth of seven years as a neurosurgery resident at Oregon Health & Science University, Gupta, MBChB, PhD, grew … Read More

Study hopes to clarify the link between sleep problems and Alzheimer’s disease

An upcoming study led by Jeffrey Iliff, Ph.D. and Bill Rooney, Ph.D. hopes to clearly determine the relationship between a lack of sleep and Alzheimer’s disease. The team received funding from the Paul G. Allen Foundation to test their approach. They hope to begin scanning the brains of participants within a year, using a 7-Tesla MRI (pictured below). Iliff and Rooney recently spoke to Jon Hamilton at NPR’s Morning Edition about the upcoming study and the importance of adequate sleep. Listen to … 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

Valerie Palmer recognized for innovative social-impact contributions

Valerie Palmer, faculty instructor at OHSU, was recently selected by as one of 41 Purpose Prize Fellows for her work creating an education exchange, bringing services to immigrant refugees and raising health-care professionals’ cultural awareness and cooperation. is a national nonprofit that is building a movement to tap the experience of people in midlife and beyond who are using their encore years – the time of traditional retirement – to undertake powerful social-impact projects. Valerie S. Palmer Faculty Instructor, … Read More

OBI’s Bobby Heagerty featured at national meeting

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) held its 45th annual meeting in Chicago recently, attracting 30,000 neuroscientists from around the world to the windy city. Bobby Heagerty, director of community education and outreach for the OHSU Brain Institute (OBI), was asked to participate as a keynote speaker for the workshop on Brain Awareness. Introduced by Steve Hyman, president of SfN, and attended by several hundred participants, Bobby’s presentation made five key points to how to create a … 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

Meet Peter Steyger: The man behind breakthrough research into hearing loss

As a child, Peter Steyger, Ph.D. was cured of meningitis, but the drug that saved him also caused his hearing loss. Now a neuroscience researcher, Dr. Steyger recently found that patients stricken with dangerous bacterial infections are at greater risk of hearing loss than previously recognized. We sat down with Dr. Steyger to learn some more about his research and what comes next. That’s a great photo of you and your mom with your speech therapist. Can … Read More

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