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Brain Awareness Week 2019

This week we’re celebrating Brain Awareness Week, which is a global campaign to enhance public awareness of brain research. We have collected the most relevant research for this year's topic of Get Connected. 

Below you can read through our highlighted articles, blogs, collections, and test your knowledge with our quiz. You can also sign up to receive article alerts on the journal homepages, and submit your manuscript to the most relevant journal in your research field.

Featured articles

Longitudinal multi-centre brain imaging studies: guidelines and practical tips for accurate and reproducible imaging endpoints and data sharing

Research involving brain imaging is important for understanding common brain diseases. Study endpoints can include features and measures derived from imaging modalities, providing a benchmark against which other phenotypical data can be assessed.

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Recent advances in rehabilitation for Parkinson’s Disease with Exergames: A Systematic Review

The goal of this contribution is to gather and to critically analyze recent evidence regarding the potential of exergaming for Parkinson’s disease (PD) rehabilitation and to provide an up-to-date analysis of the current state of studies on exergame-based therapy in PD patients.

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Transcranial direct current stimulation enhances theory of mind in Parkinson’s disease patients with mild cognitive impairment: a randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled study

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) (PD-MCI) represents one of the most dreaded complications for patients with PD and is associated with a higher risk of developing dementia. Although transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has been demonstrated to improve motor and non-motor symptoms in PD, to date, no study has investigated the effects of tDCS on Theory of Mind (ToM), i.e., the ability to understand and predict other people’s behaviours, in PD-MCI.

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Stable transgenic C9orf72 zebrafish model key aspects of the ALS/FTD phenotype and reveal novel pathological features

Current evidence suggests HREs induce neurodegeneration through accumulation of RNA foci and/or dipeptide repeat proteins (DPR). C9orf72 patients are known to have transactive response DNA binding protein 43 kDa (TDP-43) proteinopathy, but whether there is further cross over between C9orf72 pathology and the pathology of other ALS sub-types has yet to be revealed.

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External validation of the Scandinavian guidelines for management of minimal, mild and moderate head injuries in children

Clinical decision rules (CDRs) aid in the management of children with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Recently, the Scandinavian Neurotrauma Committee (SNC) has published practical, evidence-based guidelines for children with Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) scores of 9–15. This study aims to validate these guidelines and to compare them with other CDRs.

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Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation

Call for Papers: tDCS application for motor rehabilitation

Journal of NeuroEngineering and RehabilitationAn increasing number of studies highlight the potential application of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) for motor rehabilitation in neurological diseases as well as in healthy aging. tDCS is a technique where a constant weak electric current is passed through scalp electrodes and has been shown to modulate excitability in both cortical and subcortical brain areas. Although the results of tDCS interventions for motor rehabilitation are still preliminary, they encourage further research to better understand its therapeutic potential and to inform optimal clinical use.

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BMC Biology

Call for Papers: New Tools in Neurobiology

BMC BiologyNew tools are transforming Neurobiology, both in the way experiments are being done and the questions they are addressing. For this series BMC Biology have invited reviews, Q&As and commentaries on new methods of observation and analysis that are enhancing our understanding of the complex workings of the brain.

We will consider methodology manuscripts that report a new method or technique of broad interest, or a significant improvement on an existing method that will accelerate discovery. Research manuscripts that bring fresh insights through the use of recently developed methods will also be considered.

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More articles

Journal of Neuroinflammation
Imaging glial activation in patients with post-treatment Lyme disease symptoms: a pilot study using [11C]DPA-713 PET

Cerebellum & Ataxias
Slow saccades in cerebellar disease

Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders
Characterization of vitamin D supplementation and clinical outcomes in a large cohort of early Parkinson’s disease

Molecular Neurodegeneration
The Trem2 R47H Alzheimer’s risk variant impairs splicing and reduces Trem2 mRNA and protein in mice but not in humans

The Journal of Headache and Pain
Novel hypotheses emerging from GWAS in migraine?

Neurological Research and Practice
GCS 15: when mild traumatic brain injury isn’t so mild

BMC Cancer
Permeability changes and effect of chemotherapy in brain adjacent to tumor in an experimental model of metastatic brain tumor from breast cancer​​​​​​​

Genome Biology
Expression quantitative trait loci in the developing human brain and their enrichment in neuropsychiatric disorders​​​​​​​

Spotlight on Alzheimer’s Research: Brain Awareness Week 2019

Brain Awareness Week

The ISRCTN team have compiled a collection of recent and ongoing clinical trials into Alzheimer’s disease for Brian Awareness Week. Read our featured blog to find out about treatments, and news about a potential cure.

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Transcranial direct current stimulation and motor rehabilitation: a timely opportunity to boost recovery of brain lesions

Brain Awareness Week

On the occasion of the Brain Awareness Week, we invited Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation’s Deputy Editor Dr. Mario Manto and colleagues to tell us about transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), the focus of a new thematic series, and its promising role in motor rehabilitation. 

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Virtual reality for stroke: is gaming effective for recovery?

Brain Awareness Week

For Brain Awareness Week, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation’s Associate Editor Belén Rubio Ballester and colleague Martina Maier summarize recent research on virtual reality (VR) use for stroke recovery, which aimed clarify which VR systems are effective for rehabilitation and which ones are not. 

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More articles from Springer

Neurological Sciences
Combining drug and music therapy in patients with moderate Alzheimer s disease: a randomized study

Acta Neuropathologica
The role of brain barriers in fluid movement in the CNS: is there a ‘glymphatic’ system?

The Cerebellum
Early Trajectory Prediction in Elite Athletes

Experimental Brain Research
Early motor signs of autism spectrum disorder in spontaneous position and movement of the head

Brain Structure and Function
Investigation of brain structure in the 1-month infant

Brain Topography
Robust EEG/MEG Based Functional Connectivity with the Envelope of the Imaginary Coherence: Sensor Space Analysis

Child's Nervous System
Should all paediatric patients with presumed idiopathic scoliosis undergo MRI screening for neuro-axial disease?

Non-Pharmacological Approaches for Migraine

European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
Sports psychiatry: mental health and mental disorders in athletes and exercise treatment of mental disorders