NYU Physician: Spring 2010

Inside This Issue

Connecting to Memory

  • Memories of Fear: Can we erase the bad memories associated with phobias, panic attacks, and anxiety? Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux, PhD, thinks it may be possible, and his transforming research is attracting wide attention.
  • Memory and the Senses: New findings by pioneering researcher Donald Wilson, PhD, are revealing that our olfactory system serves as a window into how our brains first begin to malfunction when diseases such as Alzheimer's and schizophrenia strike.
  • Connecting to Sound: For those left profoundly deaf, a new type of high-tech implant that bypasses the auditory nerve helps restore some hearing.
  • Improving MRI: Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI), are proving helpful in mapping the brain's microstructures.

Additional Headlines:

  • Ancient Drug for Terminally Ill: Can psilobycin, once known as the "psychedelic" mushroom, ease extreme distress at the end of life?
  • New Image of Addiction: Q&A with Dr. Nora Volkow, who has pioneered the use of brain imaging to study effects of drug addiction
  • Taming Runaway Inflammation
  • Sounding an Early Alarm on Alzheimer's