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Brain mapping confirms patients with schizophrenia have impaired ability to imitate

Mar. 14, 2014—A brain-mapping study of patients with schizophrenia has found that areas associated with the ability to imitate are impaired, providing new support for the theory that deficits in this basic cognitive skill may underlie the profound difficulty with social interactions that characterize the disorder.

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In the brain, the number of neurons in a network may not matter

Feb. 3, 2014—A study has found that the time it takes neural networks in the brain to make decisions is remarkably stable regardless of size: a finding that could make it easier to achieve the goal of the President's BRAIN Initiative established last spring.

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Jon Kaas wins major neuroscience award

Nov. 14, 2013—Jon Kaas is the 2014 recipient of the George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience, which recognizes individuals whose research has had a revolutionary impact on the field.

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Universitywide limited submission opportunity: Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award

Nov. 1, 2013—Vanderbilt University may nominate one candidate for the Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award Program for 2014. This award provides $550,000 over five years for young investigators involved in research in the cure and treatment of diseases in the fields of cancer, immunology, and neuroscience.

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Finding the place where the brain creates illusory shapes and surfaces

Sep. 30, 2013—Neuroscientists have identified the location in the brain's visual cortex responsible for generating a common perceptual illusion: seeing shapes and surfaces that don't really exist when viewing a fragmented background.

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Two Vanderbilt professors part of PBS series ‘Brains on Trial’ Sept. 11 and 18

Sep. 5, 2013—Research conducted at Vanderbilt is featured in "Brains on Trial with Alan Alda," a two-part televised series airing Sept. 11 and Sept. 18 on PBS that explores how the growing ability to separate truth from lies may radically affect the way criminal trials are conducted in the future.

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Cervical dystonia patients find answers, treatment at VUMC

Sep. 5, 2013—Seven years ago Tammy Frazier noticed an odd tremor in her neck. It wasn’t painful but was very noticeable, with her head almost constantly shaking back and forth. Her primary care provider referred her to a neurologist and Frazier was immediately diagnosed with cervical dystonia. Frazier says she was lucky to have an answer so...

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Universitywide limited submission opportunity: Simons Foundation

Aug. 16, 2013—Vanderbilt may nominate one candidate for the Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS) award, which supports junior faculty for five years at $100,000 per year.

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Validating maps of the brain’s resting state

Jun. 19, 2013—A team of Vanderbilt researchers has provided important validation of maps of the brain at rest that may offer insights into changes in the brain that occur in neurological and psychiatric diseases.

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Shewa Adelekun wants to champion health care equality

May. 6, 2013—When Shewa Adelekun was 5, her family emigrated from Nigeria to New York City. Her father, a doctor in his native country, took steps to complete his medical residency in the United States. Her mother, a nurse by training, became certified in the United States and worked two jobs to help support the family. It’s...

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Mad as a Hatter: Global efforts to reduce mercury emissions

Feb. 18, 2013—Last month representatives of more than 140 countries agreed to the terms of a treaty called the Minamata Convention that would ban many uses of mercury by 2020. But the efforts do not go far enough, says Vanderbilt pharmacologist Michael Aschner.

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Evidence moles can smell in stereo

Feb. 5, 2013—Neuroscientist Kenneth Catania has resolved a long-standing scientific debate by showing that the common mole can smell in stereo.

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