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INI's Jacob Michaelson is part of a network of researchers partnering with the Simons Foundation on a national autism research initiative to connect individuals with a professional diagnosis of autism and their biological family members to research opportunities to advance autism knowledge. The...
The cerebellum is most commonly associated with movement control, but work in the INI is gradually revealing a much more complex role in cognition that positions the cerebellum as a potential target for treating diseases that affect thinking, attention, and planning—diseases like schizophrenia...
Researchers aiming to understand why autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are more common in boys have discovered differences in a brain signaling pathway involved in reward learning and motivation that makes male mice more vulnerable to an autism-causing genetic glitch. “One intriguing aspect of autism...
By combining whole exome sequencing, machine learning, and network analysis, researchers have identified new, ultra-rare gene mutations within specific biological pathways that may contribute to eating disorders. Full Story
John Wemmie, a neuroscientist at the University of Iowa, says that while the findings of Miyakawa’s group are intriguing, “it's tissue after the animals or the humans have died, so it's hard to know if that's related to the pH changes [in the living brain].”
Each morning, Katie woke up and began playing with her dolls. She didn’t talk; she just played—for hours on end. And when her parents interrupted, the five-year-old often became angry and destructive. Katie has autism, and her parents, who live in a small western Iowa town, are 90 miles from the closest behavioral services. In desperation, they signed up for a University of Iowa study that connected them to video coaching they could use to better manage their daughter’s frustrations.
We are pleased to announce that Jason Radley has been chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Curt Richter Award from the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology . This award has been given for over 35 years to a distinguished young investigator in the field (“young” being defined as under 45...
The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa is embarking on a multi-year effort to fill multiple tenure-track faculty positions in Learning and Neuroplasticity. We invite applications from candidates with outstanding research records and exceptional promise who...
Could healthy gut bacteria hold the key to a new way of treating multiple sclerosis? That is a possibility raised by a new study in mice conducted by scientists with University of Iowa Health Care and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MinnThe study, published Aug. 8 in the journal Cell Reports , found that...
Iowa Neuroscience Institute (INI) Accelerator Grant Submit Applications by Wednesday September 20, 2017 An important goal of the INI is to support new and existing, high impact neuroscience research at the University of Iowa. To accomplish these goals, the INI is seeking applications for INI...