Signed, sealed, and delivered: The University of Iowa welcomed a new magnetic resonance imaging instrument, one of the world's most sophisticated models to date, that will advance research into the human brain and body.
Adolescents age 13 to 16 who have a first degree relative (biological parent or full sibling) with schizophrenia or a similar disorder are invited to participate in a University of Iowa research study examining the maturation of brain connectivity in adolescents.
The Iowa Neurological Patient Registry was founded in 1982 by UI researchers. The one-of-a-kind registry collects multiple instances of patients who have experienced brain damage as a result of injury, illness, or surgery, and helps researchers determine if lesions in one specific brain area always produce the same cognitive or behavioral deficits.
A recent study by psychiatrists with the Iowa City VA Medical Center and University of Iowa Health Care finds that soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) have measurable abnormalities in the white matter of their brains when compared to returning veterans who have not experienced TBI.
Nancy Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., University of Iowa professor of psychiatry, who holds the Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry, has received the 2012 National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Scientific Research Award, honoring her contributions to the understanding of schizophrenia.
A University of Iowa neuroscientist's work suggests that increased acidity in the brain is linked to panic disorders, anxiety, and depression. But it also indicates that changes in acidity are important for normal brain activity, too.