The Newsfeed: Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientists in the News, ‘New Hope in Mental Health Research’ Series Begins in Texas, Computerized Atlas of the Brain

by Barbara Wheeler, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation manager of communications and media relations

Check out the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation newsfeed on our website! Here are a few of the week’s “must reads” from the feed and other notables:

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation-Funded Research Discovery: Brain Development Switch
Foundation Grantee Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D., and an international team of scientists have discovered a key “switch” in the brain that allows neurons to stop dividing so that these cells can migrate toward their final destinations in the brain. The finding may be relevant to making early identification of people who go on to develop schizophrenia and other brain disorders.

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Launches ‘New Hope in Mental Health Research Series’ in Texas
The New Hope in Mental Health Research Series sponsored by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) is a unique nationwide event that will feature briefings with leading scientists. The Foundation is committed to accelerating its support of innovative and cutting-edge research to lead to scientific breakthroughs in treating mental illness. The Foundation is also committed to empowering families through expanded knowledge of mental illnesses by bringing the latest research findings directly to them.

Atlas Gives Scientists New View of the Brain
Scientists funded by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen unveiled a $55 million computerized atlas of the human brain Tuesday, offering the first interactive research guide to the anatomy and genes that animate the mind. A project of the Seattle-based Allen Institute for Brain Science, the online atlas offers researchers a powerful new tool to understand where and how genes are at work in the brain. That could help them find new clues to conditions rooted in the brain, such as Alzheimer’s disease, autism and brain and behavior disorders like depression.

Borderline personality disorder patients often recover
Borderline personality disorder usually goes away over time, but patients can be left with lingering “scars” that continue to hold them back in life, according to a major study on the disorder published Monday.


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