OHSU Brain Institute News
Catching up with OHSU scientists about their hyped sleep deprivation-Alzheimer’s studyBill Rooney, Ph.D., & Jeff Iliff, Ph.D., share an update on their research into a potential sleep-dementia link
How open data can improve medicineErick Turner, M.D., comments on the push for open data to boost the integrity of scientific literature
OHSU spinoff raises $11 million to tackle rare brain diseaseStartup founded by Tom Scanlan, Ph.D., raises $11 million to treat rare genetic disease X-ALD
Neurosurgery resident Kunal Gupta discussed his passion for competitive ballroom dance“Neurosurgery resident waltzes through joys of ballroom dance”
Lack of deep sleep may set stage for Alzheimer’sDr. Iliff and Dr. Rooney take NPR listeners inside their research on the potential link between deep sleep and dementia.
High levels of Vitamin D may help treat MSDr. Bourdette explains how vitamin D deficiency can exacerbate MS and how supplements might help.
When is it more than just the wintertime bluesDr. Lewy comments on how a lack of sun at the start of the day can trigger seasonal affective disorder in winter in some people.
New B-Cell Drug a 'Game-Changer' for MS? Ocrelizumab trials show benefit for both relapsing and progressive formsDr. Bourdette highlighted the importance of the ORATORIO trial of ocrelizuma in treating patients who had primary progressive MS.
Geriatric Neurology: An Aging Population, a Dearth of SubspecialistsDr. Erten-Lyons discusses the value of research programs in support clinicians’ time spent counseling patients and their caregivers.
The hot new demographic: SeniorsThis article describes how the ORCATECH uses sensors to assess motor activity and speed of movement of seniors in their homes.
As aging population grows, so do robotic health aidesDr. Kaye explains why he organized a study that showed that older adults that engaged in daily face-to-face online conversations showed significant improvement in cognitive skills.
5 kinds of dementia that aren't Alzheimer'sDr. Erten-Lyons explains the differences between five types of dementia and steps you can take for prevention.
Dr. Barr-Gillespie comments on the need for research into hearing restoration"Hearing loss is the second most prevalent affliction, after anemia, worldwide." says Peter Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D., a KU gene therapy who holds new hope for restoring hearing.
Tracking changes in the brain through daily tasksOHSU neuropsychologist Dr. Adriana Seelye is interviewed on the Jefferson Exchange about her research into tracking subtle changes in daily tasks that may be indicative of cognitive change.
Brain surgery could prove effective for treating Alzheimer's DiseaseDr. Ahmed Raslan talks about a study that shows the promise of deep brain stimulation surgery to treat dementia.
New rules to cut down on soccer concussionDr. Jim Chesnutt comments on the potential of new rules for young soccer plays to help reduce concussions
Dr. Joe Quinn explains the complexities involved in treating Lewy Body Dementia.What It's Like To Love Somebody With Lewy Body Dementia
Albany woman wakes up pain-free for first time in 20 yearsOHSU neurosurgeon Dr. Justin Cetas removes a brain tumor from woman, ending the debilitating symptoms that she endured for 20 years
Brain surgery pioneered in the U.S. at OHSU done live on TVDr. Kim Burchiel, chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery, chats about deep brain stimulation.
Volunteers man the phones to help prevent suicideDr. George Keepers, chair of the Department of Psychiatry, comments on Oregon's higher suicide rate and its link to the recession.
White House gives OHSU husband-and-wife researchers $1M-plusDr. Zhong and Dr. Mao first OHSU researchers to receive White House BRAIN initiative grant.
OHSU, OSAA partner on concussion management for high school athletesDr. Jim Chesnutt helps strengthen concussion management tools for high school athletes across the state.
Calling your grandma doesn’t cut it, study suggestsA study shows that connecting in-person, but not with calls and emails, cuts depression risk years later.
Effectiveness of talk therapy is overstated, a study findsStudy: Therapy's depression-fighting power is overstated.
OHSU researchers hope to find new diagnostic tools for Alzheimer's diseaseNIH selected researchers at OHSU for a research grant of more than $1 million to detect and treat Alzheimer's disease earlier through biomarkers in spinal fluid.
OHSU researchers make breakthrough discovery in diabetes-related blindnessResearchers at OHSU’s Vollum and Casey Eye Institutes revealed the properties of a group of specialized connections in the retina that could prevent blindness in pre-diabetic patients.
OHSU research helps predict who will get Alzheimer’s diseaseQ&A with Jeffrey Kaye, M.D., director of OHSU's Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Center, highlights the incredible research underway at OHSU. Dr. Kaye also serves as chairman of the International Society for Alzheimer's Research.
Women appear more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s than men, studies findIn looking at the emerging gender gap in Alzheimer's disease, this story spotlights research from OHSU's Katie Schenning, M.D., that suggests that women’s daily activities and cognitive abilities decline faster than men’s after undergoing surgery with general anesthesia.
OHSU conference brings together brainiacs for a meeting of the mindsThe 2nd annual NeuroFutures conference brings the brightest minds in neurotechnology to Portland.
Paul Allen Foundation awards $1.4 million to OHSU researchers Jeff Iliff and Bill Rooney for Alzheimer'sJeff Iliff, Ph.D., and Bill Rooney, Ph.D., were awarded $1.4 million to advance their innovative Alzheimer's research.
VA/OHSU tinnitus study: magnetic pulses to brain brief relief to patientsA clinical trial led by Robert Folmer, Ph.D., found that transcranial magnetic simulation to the brains of tinnitus suffers brought lasting relief.
Pacific Northwest has become a neuroscience powerhouseRep. Earl Blumenauer, founder of the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus, shines a light on how OHSU researchers and collaborators are making the Pacific Northwest a neuroscience powerhouse.
Can the brave new world of neurotechnology help an OHSU surgeon find a cure for obesity?A fascinating profile of Dr. Kim Burchiel's leadership in the field of deep brain stimulation that explores how he's leading the charge to create a smarter DBS device.
OHSU gets big endorsements for experimental stroke treatmentThe American Heart Association now recommends a stroke treatment that OHSU helped pioneer when it was considered experimental. The mechanical thrombectomy procedure opens blocked arteries in the brain using a removable stent system.
OHSU researcher aims to boost African Americans' memories with photographs, tour of North PortlandThe Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center in partnership with the Center for Healthy Communities is launching a first-of-its kind study around brain health intervention. The Sharing History through Active Reminiscence and Photo-imagery (SHARP) study aims to boost cognitive health within Portland’s African-American community. Participants will engage in community memory building while walking through historically black neighborhoods in North and Northeast Portland.
OHSU/OSU study finds alarming rise in MS drug costs over past two decadesA new study shows an "alarming rise” over the last 20 years in the costs of drugs used to slow the progression of multiple sclerosis or reduce the frequency of attacks. This NPR story takes a look at the study, and an OHSU patient shares her experience dealing with the soaring costs of the drugs she needs to treat her illness.
How amphetamines, cocaine harm the brainAddiction to amphetamines and cocaine devastates lives, families and communities in Oregon and across the U.S. New OHSU research pinpoints how these addictive drugs interfere with normal signaling in the brain. The findings bring us closer to developing effective treatments for people who are addicted to these drugs. Read more
Dr. Kim Burchiel receives AANS award for remarkable contributions to neurosurgeryThe Distinguished Service Award is one of the highest honors bestowed by the AANS, recognizing exemplary service to both the organization and the field of neurosurgery. Read more
How a woman's plan to kill herself helped her family grieveLinda Ganzini, a professor of psychiatry with OHSU’s Brain Institute, is quoted talking about her study on the mental health of people left behind after a loved one’s assisted suicide.
3D brain view may help treat Alzheimer's, Parkinson'sIn a breakthrough that may help develop drugs for Alzheimer's and other neurological disorders, a team led by the OHSU Vollum Institute’s Eric Gouaux developed a 3D view of an important brain receptor.
Hypnosis may help improve deep sleepOHSU Brain Institute’s sleep expert Kim Hutchison is quoted talking about a study finding that hypnosis can lead to a better night's sleep.
OHSU scientist to head Alzheimer's research society's advocacy workJeff Kaye of the OHSU Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center will become head of a national society that’s helping to lead research on Alzheimer’s disease.
Low-fat diet good for multiple sclerosis patientsVijayshree Yadav of OHSU’s Multiple Sclerosis Center found that following a plant-based low fat diet may help people who suffer from fatigue associated with MS.
Many processed foods are heavily dyedJoel Nigg, an OHSU Brain Institute expert on ADHD, is quoted in a report about the artificial coloring in many processed foods, which can affect children with ADHD.
Drunk voles have a lot to teach us about relationshipsA study led by OHSU researcher Andrey Ryabinin finds that alcohol makes male prairie voles more restless in partnerships and likely to stray, while it makes females want to get closer to their partners.
Mentally demanding jobs linked to slower cognitive declineOHSU’s Deniz Erten-Lyons is quoted talking a study that finds people with mentally challenging jobs tend to stay mentally sharper while on the job and in retirement.
Medical marijuana may ease some MS symptomsMedical marijuana can provide some relief of symptoms caused by MS, according to a review by Vijayshree Yadav of OHSU’s Multiple Sclerosis Center.
Heart attack or stroke most likely at 6:30 a.m.A study co-authored by OHSU’s Steven Shea finds that the human body clock influences the most common time for a heart attack or stroke.
Monkey research shows how omega-3 fatty acids help the brainA study by OHSU’s Damien Fair found that monkeys fed an omega-3 rich diet had better brain development than monkeys not fed the diet.
Moderate alcohol boosts immune systemA study from the OHSU's Kathy Grant showed the moderate alcohol consumption may actually help our immune systems make us healthier.
TB vaccine could help prevent MSOHSU's Dennis Bourdette wrote an editorial in Neurology about interesting researching suggesting a tuberculosis vaccine might help prevent MS
Shifting global demographicsOHSU's Oregon Center for Aging and Technology is featured in a BBC World News report on shifting demographics - the aging of the world's population
Six steps to get a better night's sleepChad Hagen from OHSU's Department of Psychiatry offers tips to get a good night's sleep.
New insight into how antidepressants workEric Gouaux and colleagues from OHSU's Vollum Institute published two studies in same print edition of the respected journal Nature. One of them gave scientists new insight into how anti-depressants work in the brain.
Sleep helps brain stay fit by clearing wasteA study co-authored by Jeff Iliff, from OHSU's Department of Anesthesiology, revealed how our brains clear away waste while we sleep.
The not-so-hidden cause behind the ADHD epidemicOHSU's Joel Nigg talked to the New York Times magazine about the latest in ADHD research.
OHSU Brain Insitute sleep expert offers advice on technology to help you sleepOHSU's Chad Hagen has advice on technology that might help you sleep, and that is no help at all.
Baring family secrets for science
OHSU neuroscientist Larry Sherman has created a lecture that's about nature, nurture, neuroscience and how all of that relates to his own recently discovered family.
As featured in: Sciencemag.org
New research sheds light on possible cause of Alzheimer's disease
New research from OHSU neuroscientist Hemachandra Reddy looks at two proteins that Alzheimer's researchers have studied for years. But Reddy's research looks at the proteins in a new way -- how they interact with each other, and how that interaction might contribute to Alzheimer's.
As featured in: Oregonlive.com, San Diego Union-Tribune, Medicalnewstoday.com, Medicalxpress.com
New technique improves surgery for Parkinson's and other tremors
Kim Burchiel, the chair of OHSU's neurological surgery department, is a pioneer in Deep Brain Stimulation surgery, which can be an effective treatment for tremors but which has required patients to be awake during the surgery to allow for accurate placement of electrodes. Now, Burchiel has developed a new technique that allows patients to be asleep during the surgery.
As featured in: Oregonlive.com, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Sciencedaily.com, Medical News Today
Can diet changes help ADHD children?
OHSU psychiatrist Joel Nigg talks about study he co-authored that suggests eliminating coloring, additives and allergens in food might help some ADHD children.
As featured in: Chicago Tribune, WebMD, Baltimore Sun
Avoiding jet lag .. like a scientist
The OHSU Brain Institute's Alfred Lewy, vice chair of the department of psychiatry and a sleep and mood disorders expert, offers his expertise about jet lag.
As featured in: The Wall Street Journal
Lonely search for a cure
OHSU's Susan Hayflick has focused much of her professional life learning about and trying to cure a rare disease of the brain.
As featured in: The Portland Tribune
Breaking the brain barrier
OHSU neurosurgeon Edward Neuwelt is among the pioneers who are helping to understand - and break - the blood-brain barrier that exists between our brains and the rest of our bodies.
As featured in: Scientific American
OHSU research could revolutionize disease treatment
As featured in: KPTV television
The Backstrokes regain their voice at OHSU
An OHSU Stroke Center volunteer has started a music group of stroke survivors -- based on emerging science that playing and singing music can help in stroke recovery.
'Your name is Leigh.' The story of memory loss, brain surgery and inspiration at OHSU Brain Fair
Leigh Sommer's life of countless epileptic seizures was changed by brain surgery by OHSU's Kim Burchiel.
As featured in: The Oregonian
Ultimate mind reader (almost)
An OHSU team continues its work on a project that seems more science fiction than reality -- a device that turns brain waves into communication for paralyzed people.
As featured in: The Portland Tribune
Unlocking the voices of the 'locked in'
OHSU Brain Institute scientists are leading the way in a fascinating new area of brain communication research -- helping people who have no ability to speak to communicate through their brain waves
As featured in: KTVF-TV (Nashville)
Five years after stroke, Lake Oswego father tried to inspire, laugh about new life
When the paramedics asked her where they should take her unconscious husband, they then quickly answered their own question: 'You want to go to OHSU.' Five years later, Gordon Viggiano continues a slow recovery from his stroke, and now offers an inspiring message to community groups about persevering through many challenges.
As featured in: The Oregonian
Multiple Sclerosis therapy from OHSU-affiliated company enters phase 2 clinical trial
Artielle ImmunoTherapeutics, an OHSU backed company led by OHSU Brain Institute scientists, has entered phase 2 clinical trial with a drug that may be a breakthrough treatment for multiple sclerosis.
As featured in: Oregon Business magazine
How to talk to children about Connecticut shooting
Meg Cary, M.D., with OHSU's Department of Psychiatry and Doernbecher Children's Hospital, offers thoughts on talking to children about horrific violence like the Connecticut school shootings
As featured in: Oregon Publc Broadcasting's Think Out Loud
With seniors' help, OHSU researchers use technology to track the aging process
Researchers at OHSU Brain Institute’s Oregon Center for Aging and Technology are using sensors and other technology to study aging and explore ways in-home health monitoring might be able to keep elderly in their homes longer.
As featured in: The Oregonian
Health apps often based on flimsy science, and don't work
OHSU Brain Institute’s Alfred Lewy, M.D., an internationally recognized Seasonal Affective Disorder expert, talks about how a special light that can be added as an application for a mobile phone can't do what its marketers say it can -- treat SAD.
As featured in: The Washington Post
Can vitamins and supplements help multiple sclerosis?
The OHSU Brain Institute's Dennis Bourdette, M.D. talks about the connection between low vitamin D levels and multiple sclerosis.
As featured in: Everydayhealth.com, Huffingtonpost.com
OHSU researchers announce MS breakthrough
A team led by Larry Sherman, Ph.D., with OHSU Brain Institute and the Oregon National Primate Research Center, has made a discovery that could have major implications for people suffering from multiple sclerosis and a range of other neurological disorders. Sherman's team has found that blocking a certain enzyme in the brain can help repair the brain damage associated with MS and some of the other disorders.
As featured in: KGW TV, KING TV (Seattle), medicalxpress.com
OHSU discovery offers new hope for people with MS, children with fatal brain disorders
Research from OHSU's Stephen Back lab suggests that stem cell transplants to treat certain brain and nervous system diseases -- including MS -- may be moving closer to reality.
As featured in: WebMD, Mashable, Science Daily
Depressed? It could be all the sunshine
Alfred Lewy, M.D., Ph.D., psychiatrist with the OHSU Brain Institute, is an internationally recognized expert on Seasonal Affective Disorder. But he also works with people who have a strange derivation of that - people who get depressed with too much sun.
As featured in: mynorthwest.com, KOIN TV
How to fight fibromyalgia pain
An article on fighting fibromyalgia pain cites a study by James Carson, Ph.D., pain psychologist, of the OHSU Brain Institute showing that yoga can help.
As featured in: The Huffington Post
Is your kid an addict?
Bonnie Nagel, Ph.D., pediatric neuropsychologist at the OHSU Brain Institute and OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital talks about her research into the brains of kids who are at risk for alcoholism and drug addiction.
As featured in: Salon.com
One-fifth of spine surgery patients suffer PTSD symptoms
As featured in: healthnewsdigest.com
Schools must help in managing concussions in student athletes
As featured in: The Oregonian
How our aging brains leave us open to deception and fraud
An article talks about how people's ability to make financial and other judgments deteriorates as we grow older -- and includes suggestions from Diane Howieson, Ph.D., neurologist at the OHSU Brain Institute on keeping your brain sharp.
As featured in: The Oregonian, Bloomberg Business Week (online)
Ben Petrick's battle against Parkinson's
ESPN chronicles former major league baseball player Ben Petrick's battle against Early Onset Parkinson's disease. Petrick is a patient of Dr. Jay Nutt's at the OHSU Parkinson Center. He also had deep brain stimulation surgery with OHSU Brain Institute's Dr. Kim Burchiel that significantly improved his Parkinson's symptoms.
As featured in: E:60, ESPN TV
A pill to cure all ills? It's just in our heads
Dr. Barry Oken, an OHSU Brain Institute neurologist, is a national leader in understanding how placebo works with the human brain. And sometimes, it works as well or better than real drugs.
As featured in: The Portland Tribune
OHSU studies link between walking speed and Alzheimer's
The OHSU Brain Institute's Dr. Lisa Silbert found a link between walking speed and dementia in research she presented at the international Alzheimer's conference in Vancouver, B.C. in July.
As featured in: USA Today
Yoga improves balance after stroke
The OHSU Brain Institute's Andrea Serdar talked about how what she sees with her patients conforms with a recent study -- that yoga helps people recover after their stroke.
As featured in: WebMD
'Mild cognitive impairment' not yet dementia, but still serious
Dr. Jeffrey Kaye of the OHSU Brain Institute presented his study at an international Alzheimer's conference that showed that people with mild cognitive impairment spent less time outside their home than cognitively healthy people did - and that this isolation could make their impairment worse.
As featured in: USA Today
Aging well, and staying in your own home
OHSU's Oregon Center for Aging and Technology is at the forefront of studying ways that technology can monitor people's health at home - allowing elderly people to stay in their own homes longer.
As featured in: NBC Nightly News