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

The White House BRAIN Initiative in Oregon

Just over two years ago, President Obama made a dedication to support and enhance neuroscience research through the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, or BRAIN, Initiative. The ultimate goal, a comprehensive map of the human brain under normal conditions and in various disease states, is a daunting and perhaps unattainable task. However, a year after the announcement, tangible goals and measurable outcomes were further defined by a Working Group of scientists, and we are … Read More

Stroke survivors continue to heal through the power of music

Back in early 2013, we heard about a group of stroke survivors who found their voice and some healing through music in a group known as The Backstrokes. We’re pleased to report that the music group continues to play together… Since the original blog post, The Backstrokes have been going strong. We have been joined by guitarist, Keith Parkhurst–a long-time Portland musician, who is naturally good at connecting with people, and finding out what songs they … 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

ThinkFirst volunteer dedicated to public health

ThinkFirst Oregon is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating our state’s youth in the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries. Through innovative classroom presentations and community outreach, their programs are designed to help young children and teens develop lifelong safety habits to avoid behaviors and situations that put them at risk. These programs would not be possible without volunteers. This month, we spoke to volunteer Bich Tran about her experience. Thank you to Bich and … Read More

On the Brain’s top 5 blog posts of 2014

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 2014: 1. Your brain…in love There’s a specific spot in the brain (a love locus) where romance resides amidst the complex circuits and intricate chemicals that comprise our emotional nervous system. 2. Neuroscientists go to Washington — as advocates for science Neuroscientists from around the country attended the  Society … Read More

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

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