Huettel: Strong Link between Place & Memory

August 3, 2018

Places we have lived bring with them strong memories. Scott Huettel, PhD, Chair of Psychology & Neuroscience and DIBS Faculty Goverance Committee member, helps us understand why in this New York Times article. Read more HERE.


Duke Acts to 'Right-Size' Opioid Prescriptions

August 1, 2018

Started as a task force in 2013, Duke’s Opioid Safety Committee is now an integral and permanent entity within Duke Health, ensuring compliance with state legislation and initiating actions aimed at curbing the nationwide opioid epidemic. “Duke is part of a growing movement among practitioners and researchers to study and address the different aspects of the epidemic,” says Lawrence Greenblatt, MD, co-chair of the committee.


Dawson Describes 'Phenomenal' Bass Teams Experience

July 31, 2018

Geraldine "Geri" Dawson, PhD, recently spoke to faculty about her experiences leading Bass Connections teams. She directs the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development and chairs the Faculty Governance Committee at DIBS. More info HERE



N.C. Health News Profiles Research on Post-operative Decline

July 18, 2018

About one older patient in four sees some level of decreased mental and functional decline after surgery. DIBS faculy members and others seek better understanding of the phenomenon and how to prevent it. From the July 16 issue of N.C. Health News. This collaborative research has been supported by two years of seed funding from the DIBS Research Incubator Award, and has resulted in additional follow-on funding and publication in peer-reviewed journals. https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2018/07/16/focus-postoperative-decline-help-patients-hospitals/


New Clues to How Brain Processes Complex Info

July 18, 2018

A new Duke study may explain how the brain processes complex information from the world around us, and may also provide insight into some of our perceptual and cognitive limitations. The results appeared July 13 in Nature Communications. More


N&O Features DIBS/Bass Research on N.C. Heroin Overdose Deaths

June 12, 2018

The News & Observer of Raleigh has featured research done by DIBS faculty and student members of a Bass Connections Brain & Society team, "Stemming the Opiate Epidemic through Education and Outreach." The research was published in the May/June 2018 issue of the N.C. Medical Journal. More HERE.


'Disgust' Plays Protective Role for Humans

June 4, 2018

Jana Schaich Borg, PhD, Assistant Research Professor in the Social Science Research Institute and DIBS Faculty Network Member, comments on recent research covered by CNN. More HERE.



Mobile App for Autism Screening Helps Kids, Parents

June 1, 2018

A Duke study of an iPhone app to screen young children for signs of autism has found that the app is easy to use, welcomed by caregivers and good at producing reliable scientific data.

The study, described June 1 in an open access journal npj Digital Medicine, points the way to broader, easier access to screening for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.


Schramm-Sapyta Op-Ed: Sentencing Reform for ALL Addictive Drugs

May 29, 2018

"New opiate policies can help NC prepare for next epidemic," an op-ed written by DIBS Chief Operating Officer Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, PhD., appeared in the May 29 edition of the Durham Herald-Sun:

The North Carolina legislature's “Task Force on Sentencing Reforms for Opioid Drug Convictions” has started on a strong path toward smart policy in its early meetings. They’ve heard from experts on how the court system can help citizens with addiction, and examined statistics that show incarceration is more expensive and less effective than treatment for drug offenders.


Neuroscience Degree 'Opens New Doors' for Grads

May 14, 2018

A Duke Neuroscience degree opens new doors for graduates, Kevin S. LaBar, PhD, Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience (NS), told attendees during opening remarks at the 2018 NS Diploma Ceremony in Page Auditorium on Sunday, May 13. The degree also, “positions our graduates to thrive in this new era” of collaborative research that offers many opportunities to impact society at large, he added.

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