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GIUSEPPE CORRIAS MD, RADIOLOGY RESIDENT AT UNIVERSITY OF CAGLIARI, RECEIVED THE ISSNAF MEDICAL IMAGING SCIENCE CHAPTER AWARD AND WILL SPEND ONE YEAR AS A RESEARCH FELLOW AT THE MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER (MSKCC), NEW YORK

Congratulations to Dr. Giuseppe Corrias on receiving a 10.500 dollars award from ISSNAF MEDICAL IMAGING SCIENCE Chapter of for a one-year research fellowship on cancer research with focus on Magnetic  [ ... ]


Simone Mori MD, working at Conti Lab at Scripps in San Diego and ISSNAF affiliate, won the Merck Biopharma Innovation Cup

Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic for treatment of a wide spectrum of bacteria. The drug does not perform any positive effect on viruses, protozoa or fungal infections, however it can mask or delay certa [ ... ]


Vincenzo Piuri, Full Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Milano is a candidate for 2018 IEEE President-Elect

Vincenzo Piuri, Full Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Milano is a candidate for 2018 IEEE President-Elect, who will then serve as 2019 IEEE President. Below you find his  [ ... ]


Young Investigator Training Program - ACRI (Associazione di Fondazioni e Casse di Risparmio Italiane)

ACRI (Associazione di Fondazioni e Casse di Risparmio Italiane) is sponsoring a limited number of research prizes for young investigators thanks to the "Young Investigator Training Program". Awar [ ... ]


Award for Innovation & Circular Economy - Winner announced

Press Release   New York -  June, 20 2017     ISSNAF, the Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation, and Intesa Sanpaolo, the leading banking group in Italy  [ ... ]


Intercellular transmission of the unfolded protein response promotes survival and drug resistance in cancer cells

Stress signals improve tumor fitness
Jeffrey J. Rodvold, Kevin T. Chiu, Nobuhiko Hiramatsu, Julia K. Nussbacher, Valentina Galimberti, Navin R. Mahadevan, Karl Willert, Jonathan H. Lin, and Maurizio Za [ ... ]


Sea urchin protein provides insights into self-assembly of skeletal structures

Martin Pendola, an Italian postdoctoral associate in Dr. John Evans group at NYU College of Dentistry, is investigating a sea urchin protein involved in the formation of skeletal structures. In a pape [ ... ]


Dr. Gabriella Gobbi wins the Graham Boeckh Foundation Sam Lal Award

Congratulations to Dr. Gabriella Gobbi on winning the seventh annual Dr. Samarthji Lal Award for Mental Health Research and wishes her continued success. Dr. Gobbi is a psychiatrist and neuroscientis [ ... ]


Giuseppe Cataldo, PhD, receives the “NASA’s Early Career Public Achievement Medal"

Congratulations to Giuseppe Cataldo, PhD, systems engineer for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and @NASA's space technology development program receives the “NASA’s Early Career Public Achie [ ... ]


Intervista a Fabio Pacucci

Fabio Pacucci, astrofisico 29enne, dopo gli studi alla Normale di Pisa ha già fatto scoperte sensazionali sugli antenati dei "buchi neri". Ora da Yale continua la sua ricerca e in questa intervista s [ ... ]


Discovery of New Neurological Networks

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Discovery of New Neurological Networks

The brain has both fixed and wireless networks.

 

TAMPA, FLA. (July 6, 2016): The human nervous system provides extremely energy efficient, highly complex realization and control of how we sense and think.  For machines designed by humans, the ideas of energy efficiency and complexity are at odds, thus the question of how the nervous system really works has received intense scrutiny for decades.  Researchers at the University of South Florida under the direction of Dr. Sal Morgera have discovered a sophisticated electric near-field generated in an energy efficient, natural manner by our millions of nerve fibers.

 

The electric field bathes regions of the central nervous system like the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cords, thereby creating a wireless network that has the capability, for example, to interconnect different physical regions of the brain at specific instants of time.  This discovery leads to a paradigm shift in thinking that augments the human connectome, a fixed anatomical network, with a relatively rapid high-capacity wireless network.  The graphic below explains the discovery in simple terms.

 


Part of this graphic courtesy of www.humanconnectome.org

On the left-half of the graphic is the human connectome shown as a tractographic map of the nerve fiber connections in the human brain.  This mapping of anatomical connections is the fixed network of the brain.  It is well known that this fixed brain network is not entirely successful in explaining brain function, especially for cognitive tasks.  On the right-half of the graphic are blowups showing neurons in two representative regions of the brain.  The discovery is the presence of an electric near-field between these neurons, or neuronal groups, a point illustrated by the red spherical waves.  These near-field waves communicate action potential activity and fine details of their respective regions in a bi-directional manner.  This creates a wireless connection, as shown by the red loop across these brain regions in the left-half of the graphic.  Thus, the brain consists of a fixed network augmented by a wireless network which helps to explain how physically disparate regions of the brain connect so quickly during the execution of cognitive tasks.  Furthermore, neurological diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Autism Spectrum Disorder, are associated with dysfunctions that are similar to those experienced in conventional wireless networks.

Researchers in the University of South Florida Bioengineering Laboratory believe that the discovery of electric near-field networks in the central nervous system will lead to a much greater understanding of this highly complex system and relief for the millions that suffer neurological diseases and dysfunctions, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The plan is to passively read the signatures of the internal electric near-fields (the endogenous fields) using specially designed antennas in order to diagnose neurological dysfunction and then to rationally design time-varying, frequency-rich electric fields (the exogenous fields) that can be externally applied to actively interact with the internal fields and treat the dysfunction by “tuning” the central nervous system.

 


Photo: Stockphoto

 

Developing individualized therapy for patients with neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders is the gold standard, a standard that can only be reached by understanding a patient’s electric near-field signatures.  A futuristic look at this area which is just gaining traction in the realm of clinical medicine is to have minimally invasive devices for diagnosis and treatment that are individually programmed and adaptable to change.  These devices may function with USB-like software delivered to an implanted device as shown in the graphic above or by other means, but what is certain is that the effect and impact on meeting societal needs will indeed be powerful.

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The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in both federal research expenditures and total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion.

Additional information on the University of South Florida Bioengineering Laboratory, integrated with the Defense and Intelligence Research Laboratory (DIRL), may be found at http://www.usf.edu/engineering/ee/research/index.aspx or directly from the Director, Dr. Morgera.  Information on the Global Center for Neurological Networks can be found at www.globalneuronetworks.com or directly from the Director, Discovery & Targeting, Dr. Morgera.
 
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During the ISSNAF Annual Event the Italian Scientific Community meets the institutions, the industry, academia to discuss breakthrough ideas, network, and to award projects of young Italians through the ISSNAF Young Investigators Awards in different fields of Science. The event brings together prominent Italian scientists and researchers active in North America, as well as representatives of the Institutions and the industry. The event is organized Under the Auspices of H.E. Ambassador Armando Varricchio, the Ministry of Italian Foreign Affairs (MAECI), Ministry of research and Education (MIUR), Italian Ministry of Health, and has the Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic.This year's exciting conference will focus on New Industrial Revolution , exploring the impact of the 4th industrial revolution on research, science, academia, and on our daily lives.

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