Grants Grad student's work ethic pays off in NIH award

Brittany Williams, a student in the University of Iowa’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience, received a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health, earning a perfect score from the NIH review committee on her grant application in the process.

New studies contradict earlier findings on Rett syndrome

UI neuroscientist Andrew Pieper and colleagues at three other universities, show that bone marrow transplant does not rescue mouse models of Rett syndrome, a severe neurological disease that affects very young girls. The findings directly contradict seemingly promising results published in 2012, which initiated a clinical trial for human patients.

UI part of new 'Center Without Walls' to study sudden unexpected death in epilepsy

UI team will study how seizures disrupt breathing
University of Iowa neuroscientists led by George Richerson, head of neurology in the UI Carver College of Medicine, have joined eight other research groups across the world that will work together on increasing the understanding of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), the leading cause of death from epilepsy.

The Atlantic Andreasen on 'Secrets of the Creative Brain'

UI neurologist Nancy Andreasen, who has spent decades studying creativity, shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ, and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.

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Stress hormone linked to short-term memory loss as we age

A new UI study reports a potential link between stress hormones and short-term memory loss in older adults. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, reveals that having high levels of cortisol—a natural hormone in our body whose levels surge when we are stressed—can lead to memory lapses as we age.
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Mammoth magnet

The new 7 Tesla MRI scanner will advance imaging research at the UI
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.

Media advisory: Massive magnet arrives at University of Iowa

Magnetic imaging scanner weighs 42 tons, equal to six elephants, will advance brain research
A magnetic resonance imaging instrument weighing 42 tons—equal to six adult male elephants—arrives on Thursday, June 5, at the University of Iowa. The 7 Tesla magnet will advance UI research by yielding clearer, higher-resolution images of the human brain. The UI is one of only about 20 research institutes in the United States—and only about 40 worldwide—with the instrument. It also is the most powerful magnetic imaging device in the state.
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Name that song (title)

UI study pinpoints brain region associated with auditory memory
Researchers at the University of Iowa say that damage to a region of the brain, the left temporal pole, may be associated with difficulty recalling auditory stimuli, such as the title to a song. The finding supports the theory that the left temporal pole is important for naming unique items, from landmarks to song names. Results published in the journal Neuropsychology.

More than memory

UI study shows hippocampus is involved in language processing, may help treat Alzheimer's
University of Iowa researchers show that the hippocampus is involved in language processing, possibly providing additional insight into how to treat people with Alzheimer’s disease. Results appear in the Journal of Experimental Psychology.