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Celebrated Neuropsychologist Muriel Lezak Dies at 94
She wrote the book on brain injuries.
ABOVE: Steve Hambuchen, courtesy of the University of Chicago Magazine
Celebrated Neuropsychologist Muriel Lezak Dies at 94
Celebrated Neuropsychologist Muriel Lezak Dies at 94

She wrote the book on brain injuries.

She wrote the book on brain injuries.

ABOVE: Steve Hambuchen, courtesy of the University of Chicago Magazine
traumatic brain injury
Illustration of a rat with red, white and blue sections
Hormones May Contribute to Asymmetrical Effects of Brain Injury
Catherine Offord | Sep 2, 2021
Researchers studying rats claim to have found a novel connection between damage on one side of the brain and problems with the posture or movement of limbs on the opposite side of the body.
an illustration of a person's head with the thalamus highlighted
Brain Stimulation Tested to Awaken Coma Patients
Shawna Williams | Feb 5, 2021
Two out of three people who received noninvasive ultrasound appear to have gained some level of consciousness, according to preliminary trial results.
Image of the Day: Zebrafish Olfactory Epithelium
Emily Makowski | Nov 1, 2019
Studies of the rosette-like structure can reveal clues to brain recovery after injury.
Image of the Day: DISCO Tissue Clearing
Emily Makowski | Oct 22, 2019
New methods of visualizing tissue are presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting.
Tau Pathology Present Decades After a Single Brain Injury
Ruth Williams | Sep 9, 2019
Patients who suffer a traumatic brain injury may exhibit abnormally abundant tau protein many years later, a new in vivo imaging technique reveals.
PET Scans Reveal Elevated Tau in NFL Players’ Brains
Jef Akst | Apr 12, 2019
A study hints that it might be possible to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease associated with frequent head injuries, while patients are still living.
Researchers Develop New Strategy for Detecting Consciousness
Abby Olena | Nov 21, 2018
The EEG-based method could help clinicians identify patients with severe brain injuries who are actually capable of some cognitive function, despite appearing unresponsive.
Concussions May Stunt Recovery from Sleep Deprivation
Jef Akst | Nov 5, 2018
People who have suffered traumatic brain injury had slower reaction times and more false starts after disrupted sleep than healthy controls, according to a study presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting.
Exosomes in Blood Indicate Mild TBI: Study
Ashley Yeager | Jul 13, 2018
Levels of tau, amyloid-β 42, and IL-10 extracted from extracellular vesicles that started out in the brain were higher in military personal suffering head injuries compared with healthy soldiers.
Image of the Day: Brain, Heal Thyself
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Apr 20, 2018
When a mouse’s brain undergoes traumatic injury, immune cells clear the dead from the affected area, after which blood cells swoop in to repair blood vessels.
First Blood Test for Concussion Approved by FDA
Kerry Grens | Feb 15, 2018
The diagnostic measures two proteins indicative of brain injury.
Experimental Drug Relieves Blast-Related PTSD in a Rat Model of Traumatic Brain Injury
Viviane Callier | Feb 1, 2018
The compound, BCI-838, is already in human clinical trials as a possible treatment for depression.
Nerve Stimulation Revives Consciousness from Vegetative State
Shawna Williams | Sep 25, 2017
Low-intensity activation of the vagus nerve appears to have increased a patient’s awareness of his surroundings after 15 years without communication.
Report: NFL Tried to Influence NIH-Supported Concussion Study
Bob Grant | May 24, 2016
A Congressional investigation indicates that the National Football League may have sought to steer millions of dollars in National Institutes of Health funding away from one of its critics.
Opinion: Why Most TBI Studies Fail
Donald Stein | Feb 24, 2016
Thoughts on how to redesign clinical trials for traumatic brain injury
How Blasts Affect the Brain
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 13, 2016
Repeated exposure to explosions can damage the cerebellum in combat veterans and mouse models alike.
Sex Differences in TBI
Bob Grant | Oct 20, 2015
Researchers are finding that male and female mice may respond to traumatic brain injuries differently.
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | May 1, 2014
Madness and Memory, Promoting the Planck Club, The Carnivore Way, and The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons
NIH Marks Millions for Brain Injury
Jef Akst | Dec 17, 2013
With support from the National Football League, the federal agency selects eight projects to receive $14 million in funding for the study of traumatic brain injury.