450 'Excite Their Neurons' at DIBS Discovery Day

April 16, 2018

More than 400 children and adults of all ages attended the 2018 Discovery Day at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. Youngsters crowded around tables featuring preserved brains and brain slices, eager to touch an actual human brain. Others learned how to mimic emotions with the help of staff from the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development. Graduate students helped people learn how the brain accommodates changes in vision, using special goggles and bean bags to throw at targets.


Four Fall '17 Neuroscience Classes Rated in Top 5% by Students

April 13, 2018

Four undergraduate Neuroscience courses taught in fall 2017 and their faculty have been rated by students as among the top 5 percent across the university, announced Dr. Arlie Petters, Duke’s Dean of Academic Affairs in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.


Dawson Attends Global Autism Event at UN

April 9, 2018

Last week’s World Autism Awareness Day at the United Nations opened with a keynote address by Julia Bascom, Executive Director of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network--and a person on the autism spectrum. For Geraldine Dawson, PhD, Director of the Duke Autism and Brain Development Center, the address represents an excellent example of global advances around autism.


3 Duke Students Receive Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

April 5, 2018

Samantha Bouchal, a Neuroscience major, and Shomik Verma, both juniors at Duke, and Pranav Warman, a sophomore, have been named 2018 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

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CANBLS 4/25: Optimizing Cochlear Implant Sound Processor Configurations via Neural Response Properties to Improve Speech Comprehension

About This Event:

This event is part of the Cognitive, Auditory, and Neural Bases for Language and Speech group (CANBLS), which is now a DIBS Research Group.


Alzheimer's Drug May Reverse Cognitive Changes in Young Binge-Drinkers

February 16, 2018

A drug used to slow cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease could offer clues on how drugs might one day be able to reverse brain changes that affect learning and memory in teens and young adults who binge drink.

In a study led by Duke Health and published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, scientists demonstrate in rats that a short duration of the drug donepezil can reverse both structural and genetic damage that bouts of alcohol use causes in neurons, or nerve cells, in the young brain.


NIH BRAIN Initiative Funding Opportunities

February 12, 2018

BRAIN Initiative announces active funding opportunities. Click here for flowchart information.


March 1 Deadline for DIBS Research Awards Letters of Intent

February 1, 2018

The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences Faculty Governance Committee announced today (Feb. 1, 2018) that the application process for the Institute's competitive research awards is now open. There will be two award mechanisms:  the Research Incubator Award and the new Research Germinator Award.


Bedlack's Colorful Fashions Cheer Patients, Staff

January 16, 2018

Dr. Richard Bedlack works with patients facing the tough challenges of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gherig's Disease), but the Neurology associate professor and member of the DIBS Faculty Network doesn't let that impair his wacky sense of fashion. He was honored recently as Duke's Employee of the Week.


Bass Connections 2018-2019 Projects Announced

January 16, 2018

Forty-two Bass Connections projects have been announced. Of the 42, 14 belong to the Brain & Society group. Duke students from all levels and schools are invited to preview the new Bass Connections projects for 2018-2019Applications will open on January 24 and run through February 16 at 5:00 p.m.

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