brain en Neglect And The Developing Brain <p>For babies, healthy brain development is like a tennis game. A caregiver "serves" up an interaction, like a facial expression, a coo, or a word, and the infant "returns" that serve, imitating the expression or sound. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:58:51 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 37042 at More Promising Brain Studies In Rhode Island <p>I reported recently on the growth of brain science in Rhode Island, mentioning some of the many scientists, doctors, and institutes involved and some of the diseases they're hoping to tackle.</p><p>But of course, as with any story, I learned much more in the course of my reporting than I was able to include. Here are a few more neuroscience highlights in the Ocean State:</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:59:03 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 25459 at Rhode Island: A Destination For Brain Science? <p>This month, the University of Rhode Island launched a new neuroscience research institute, where researchers will focus on fighting Alzheimer’s and other diseases. It’s the fourth such program to hang out a shingle in the state. This growing community could eventually help more Rhode Islanders battle some of the most debilitating diseases.</p><p></p><p><em>(Neurons firing)</em></p><p>This is what it <em>sounds</em> like when you <em>think</em> about opening and closing your hand.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 25392 at Rhode Island: A Destination For Brain Science? URI Unveils $15M Brain Research Center <p>The University of Rhode Island plans to unveil a new neuroscience research institute, thanks to the single largest private donation in university history. The institute will add to the Ocean State’s growing expertise in brain science.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24773 at URI Unveils $15M Brain Research Center New Data On How Poverty Hurts Kids' Brains <p>Stress can affect developing brains, including the kind of stress that poverty can create. But a strong caregiver can mediate those effects. Those are the findings of a new <a href=";utm_source=Silverchair%20Information%20Systems&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JAMAPediatrics%3AOnlineFirst10%2F28%2F2013">study </a>in the Journal JAMA Pediatrics. It's not news that stress and poverty can have negative effects. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 16:46:39 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24011 at New Data On How Poverty Hurts Kids' Brains Brown Researchers' "BrainGate" Wins $1M Prize <p><a href="">BrainGate </a>is a research project based primarily at Brown University, but with scientist, physician, and engineer team members at Massachusetts General, Stanford University, and the Providence VA, focused on developing technologies that help people with neurologic disease or injuries regain the ability to move and communicate.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 15:36:50 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23233 at Brown Researchers' "BrainGate" Wins $1M Prize Brain Activity Map Creates Buzz, But Funding Still Needed <p>Scientists in Rhode Island are waiting for word from the federal government about whether or not it will fund a huge, multi-year effort to map the brain’s activity. But, as the head of the Institute for Brain Science at Brown University says, funding or no funding, even the buzz about brain science is beneficial.</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 11751 at Brain Activity Map Creates Buzz, But Funding Still Needed RI Medical Society celebrates 200 years with lecture series <p><strong>UPDATE:The first lecture in this series has been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1 at 5 pm.</strong></p><p>The <a href="">Rhode Island Medical Society </a>is marking its 200th anniversary with a series of neuroscience-related lectures, all free and open to the public. The lectures are co-sponsored by Brown’s Institute for Brain Science and the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8277 at