TBI and cognitive function
Why do some youngsters bounce back quickly from traumatic brain injuries and others suffer devastating side effects for years?
New research by scientists from UCLA and the University of Southern California suggests that damage to the fatty sheaths around the brain’s nerve fibers — and not the severity of the injury itself — explains the difference. Published in the July 15 edition (PDF) of the Journal of Neuroscience, the study identifies biomarkers that physicians could use to predict which children require closer monitoring after a brain injury because they are at a higher risk for poorer prognosis.
The study was the first to combine imaging scans with recordings of the brain’s electrical activity to reveal how damage to myelin,...
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What is IMAGING GENETICS?
Paul Thompson, Ph.D.
is the study of how individual genetic differences lead to differences in brain wiring, structure, and intellectual function. Here at the Imaging Genetics Center, led by Paul Thompson, we investigate how genes and environment affect the brain. We co-founded a worldwide imaging genetics consortium, called the ENIGMA
Consortium, which is making rapid progress discovering genetic variants that affect brain integrity. ENIGMA recently performed the largest brain imaging study in the world - bringing together 207 co-authors, from 125 institutions, to analyze genome-wide scans and MRI scans from 21,151 people. We also direct several mathematical and technical projects to improve methods to understand how gene networks affect the brain.
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ENIGMA: Over 300 scientists study the genetics of brain structure
April 17, 2015
A worldwide team of scientists combined their expertise to analyze over 30,000 brain scans to discover common genetic differences that help shape our brain.
This study, led by ENIGMA members across the world, was recently published in Nature.
Hibar DP, Stein JL,...
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Autism Risk Gene
October 9, 2014
Healthy individuals who carry a gene variation linked to an increased risk of autism have structural differences in their brains that may help explain how the gene affects brain function and increases vulnerability for autism. The results of this innovative...
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Connectomics is the study of the brain's wiring, or connectivity patterns.
International team discovers new genes that shape brain's size, intelligence...
Supercomputing approaches to map patterns of brain structure and function...
A commonly carried allele of the obesity-related FTO gene is associated with reduced brain volume...
Thinning of the cerebral cortex visualized in HIV/AIDS patients.
Brain wiring is affected in people carrying the autism risk gene...
Researchers map how Schizophrenia
engulfs teen brains.
Pattern of brain tissue loss in methamphetamine users...