The University of Utah’s top-rated physicians and researchers are at the forefront of neuroscience: pioneering treatments in health care, breaking ground in imaging techniques, and designing new solutions for brain and spinal cord repair. The Neurosciences Gateway is a portal to discovering the U of U’s areas of neuroscience expertise, distributed among 17 departments and 15 centers and institutes.
Launched in Fall, 2014, the Neuroscience Initiative unites the academic, translational, and clinical neuroscience communities toward the common goals of better understanding the brain in disease and in health. Learn more.
Upcoming Neuroscience Initiative Events:
Mood & Behavior Disorders Symposium (April 29, 2015): Currently seeking submissions for graduate student presentations! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute, Salt Lake City UT.
Presentation by Dr. Matthew Anderson, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School (May 14, 2015; 12:30-1:30 PM): Nucleating a Feisty Autism Gene Network. Health Sciences Education Building Room 1750.
Demyelinating & Neuroimmune Disorders Symposium (June 11, 2015): Health Sciences Education Building Alumni Hall, Salt Lake City UT.
Allen Brain Institute Workshop @ Snowbird (October 31, 2015): Stay tuned for details!
Neuroscience Community Events:
IMFAR Pre-conference (May 13, 2015): Currently seeking submissions for poster presentations! Email email@example.com for more information. Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City UT. http://autismcouncilofutah.org/events/may-13-2015-imfar-pre-conference-in-salt-lake-city/
ADD Program Symposium (May 17-19, 2015): Therapy Development in the Era of Team Science & Big Data: What Will the Future Bring to the Patient with Epilepsy? Park City Marriot, Park City UT. http://addsymposium.com/
Neuroscience Initiative Collaborative Pilot Project seed grants: The initiative seeks to further its mission by funding collaborative pilot projects in the neurosciences. Our first call for proposals, due April 17, 2015, can be accessed here and will open starting March 15th on the University of Utah’s CompetitionSpace.
University of Utah researchers have received $1.4 million to further develop an implantable neural interface that will allow an amputee to move an advanced prosthetic hand with just his or her thoughts. The neural interface will also convey feelings of touch and movement.
Called the Utah Slanted Electrode Array, the neural interface uses 100 electrodes that connect with nerves in an amputee’s arm to read signals from the brain telling the hand how to move. Likewise, the neural interface delivers meaningful sensations of touch and movement from a prosthetic hand back to the brain. READ MORE
Listen to an interview about the research on The Scope Radio.
New Insights Into Causes of ALS
University of Utah neurologists Summer Gibson, M.D., and Stefan Pulst, M.D., are authors on a collaborative, multi-institutional study published in the journal Science. The research identifies mutations in a gene, TBK1, as contributing to ALS. Taken together with previous findings, the discovery highlights defects in biological pathways – autophagy and inflammation - as potential key players in development of the disease.
"This is particularly important because TBK1 is involved in the same natural immunity and autophagy pathways as two other previously identified ALS genes, optineurin (OPTN) and p62 (SQSTM1/sequestosome)," says Gibson. Autophagy in particular may be important for destruction of prion-like structures that accumulate in the brains of some patients. The findings suggest a novel course of therapeutic interventions for treating the disease.