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New GRAMMY Museum grant will boost Iowa State’s Parkinson’s disease research

May 8, 2017

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (May 8, 2017) — The GRAMMY Museum Grant Program announced today that more than $200,000 in grants will be awarded to 14 recipients in the United States to help facilitate a range of research on a variety of subjects, as well as support a number of archiving and preservation programs. Read more about New GRAMMY Museum grant will boost Iowa State’s Parkinson’s disease research

Youth Outreach Sparks Interest in Neuroscience

May 9, 2016

Members of the ISU Brain Initiative held an outreach workshop on magnetic stimulation of the Brain on April 12 for about 70 middle schoolers from Boone, Iowa. The event featured virtual reality demonstrations, presentations, and 3D animations on how magnetic fields are used to treat neurological diseases. The event was sponsored by the American Physical Society. See more in the Ames Tribune's coverage of the event. Read more about Youth Outreach Sparks Interest in Neuroscience

At the Intersection of Neuroscience and Art

November 24, 2015

There is a neural orchestra inside your head.

The music comes from tiny electrical signals produced by millions of neurons in the brain, always playing and often changing, depending on what the brain is processing.

Listen to the orchestra, and you'll gain insights into fundamental neural activity and how it differs across individuals. Researcher Jose "Pepe" Luis Contreras Vidal is listening and he's doing so from outside the confines of his University of Houston lab. Read more about At the Intersection of Neuroscience and Art

Insulin Resistance Increases Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

July 30, 2015

An Iowa State University study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology, found a strong association between insulin resistance and memory function decline, increasing the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Auriel Willette, a research scientist in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, says insulin resistance is common in people who are obese, pre-diabetic or have Type 2 diabetes.

http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2015/07/27/insulinmemory

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Scientific American: An Electrical Off-Switch for Disease

June 26, 2015

Kevin Tracey, head of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, has written in the April Scientific American about the prospects of using the nervous system to stimulate certain biochemical pathways to induce production of molecules that have the same anti-inflammatory effects as a highly targeted drug. Implantation of vagus nerve stimulators or other devices could potentially usher in an era of bioelectronic medicine, as Tracey calls it. Read more about Scientific American: An Electrical Off-Switch for Disease

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