brain

The Pulse
4:15 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Parkinson Disease, Depression, And Hope

There's news today that the late, great comedian Robin Williams had Parkinson disease. We may never know whether that influenced his decision to take his own life. But I thought I'd take this opportunity to let you know a bit more about the disease - in particular the depression that can accompany it - and the resources available in Rhode Island.

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The Pulse
11:24 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Home Visiting Program Aims To Prevent Child Abuse

The state health department has announced more funding for a home visiting program for families and children at risk. The Healthy Families America program aims to prevent child maltreatment before it starts.                                                        

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The Pulse
1:58 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Neglect And The Developing Brain

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.

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The Pulse
2:59 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

More Promising Brain Studies In Rhode Island

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.

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:

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Health Care
5:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Rhode Island: A Destination For Brain Science?

BrainGate hardware and software at work
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

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.

(Neurons firing)

This is what it sounds like when you think about opening and closing your hand.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

URI Unveils $15M Brain Research Center

Former CVS CEO Tom Ryan at URI's unveiling of his $15 million donation for brain science research.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

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.

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The Pulse
12:46 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

New Data On How Poverty Hurts Kids' Brains

Areas of the brain involved in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Credit National Institute of Mental Health

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 study in the Journal JAMA Pediatrics. It's not news that stress and poverty can have negative effects.

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The Pulse
11:36 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Brown Researchers' "BrainGate" Wins $1M Prize

BrainGate trial with robotic arm
Credit BrainGate team / Brown University

BrainGate 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.

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Science
5:30 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Brain Activity Map Creates Buzz, But Funding Still Needed

Brain researcher John Donoghue
Credit Brown University

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.

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The Pulse
12:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

RI Medical Society celebrates 200 years with lecture series

UPDATE:The first lecture in this series has been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1 at 5 pm.

The Rhode Island Medical Society 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.

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