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Posted on May 10, 2013

New Article on NIH BRAIN Initiative

Check out new article on NIH BRAIN Initiative by Tom Insel, Story Landis, and Francis Collins.

5 comments to New Article on NIH BRAIN Initiative

  • muffy walker

    We at International Bipolar Foundation are very excited about this initiative. Keep up the great work.

  • Mónica

    I am a woman who has Charcot Marie Tooth disease. It’s a disease of the peripheral nervous system. I say that because I read the new article of the human brain about researching. It is an interesting article but the photographs of that, they are of the CNS, so I would like to know if the research is focused only in the CNS or if it is focused in the peripheral nervous system too. I hope it’s in both systems because the human brain are the two and and for once put aside economic interests for being minority diseases related to the peripheral nervous system.

  • Ryan Kerslake

    Hi Monica, I was at the BRAIN initiative conference open to the general public today in New York City and Dr. Jeff Lichtman Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard University presented some imaging and modeling results on millimeter sections of peripheral nerves that researchers are working on. He said that this BAM initiative applies to the PNS too. He’s right, the neurons are all connected in a network and we must work to understand that to fight diseases of all types. I’d contact him for more info. Best, Ryan

  • Dr Ashok Kumar

    I am 57 year old doctor and presently posted at Regional Hospital Salanpur, West Bengal, India, as Deputy Chief Medical Officer. Recently, on 23.02.2013, I became a victim of Cerebral Stroke. I was a mild hypertensive and diabetic and perhaps due to a bit negligence by behalf, rather unexpectedly was caught in the sudden grip of right side paralysis, aphasia, difficulty in deglutition and right side facial palsy. Diagnosis revealed Infarct in Para ventricular region of left Parietal Lobe.
    Within a month, I got back some of my lost memory which occurred serially and suddenly for example, I got my driving back, some of the mantras I got back, I could not sleep well, I got my sleep back, my half face which seemed so heavy, their muscles including the tongue released . On this date 28th of July today, no body can tell that I was ever been affected by Hemiplegic attack. Yesterday, my boss, a General Manager commented that it was almost 90% I was recovered, but astonished on my self treatment. But occasional slurring of speech still persists, but I will overcome that also very shortly.
    Yesterday, I read the report of Dr. Moskowitz , says that one of the advances in stroke research of the last ten years is to learn how not to do clinical trials. The experiments to assess drugs have often been less than optimal, he said. When you target one aspect of the stroke cascade, other pathways may compensate, muddying the waters. Some drugs may thus have been wrongly judged ineffective.
    Where it was also expressed that there is growing understanding that stroke involves not just cell death but the brain rewiring that comes later.
    Researchers “realized that we knew an enormous amount of what was going on at the early stages, but we knew almost nothing about the later stages, and we’re recognizing that there may well be a therapeutic opportunity here, “she said.
    “While the future often looks bleak when viewed from the bedside of a newly diagnosed stroke patient, the natural history for many is one of recovery and return to independent living. For those who don’t recover spontaneously, some day — hopefully soon — a wider array of restorative treatments will be readily available.”
    Yes, we should be hopeful but there is need, of a different thinking of this episode.

  • adhiti

    Language also indicates the importance of investing in basic research to advance fundamental knowledge by stating that “This work may take decades before it results in cures or treatments, but it holds promise to unlock the secrets behind diseases such as Alzheimer’s and epilepsy.”

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