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Jul 18, 2013 The Martinos Center's Gaelle Desbordes was interviewed by WBUR Boston Radio last Friday, for the segment "Can Meditation Make Us More Compassionate?"
Jul 11, 2013 The June 24 issue of The New Yorker profiles Reisa Sperling and her work with Alzheimer's.
Jul 11, 2013 Martinos Center faculty member Dr. Douglas Greve was recently elected to the post of Secretary of the Organization of Human Brain Mapping. He will serve on the OHBM executive council for the next three years but will not assume his role as Secretary until the 2014 OHBM meeting in Hamburg.
Jul 11, 2013 The Martinos Center's Linda Douw has received a prestiguous Branco Weiss Fellowship from the Society in Science.
Jun 28, 2013 Boston magazine profiles the Martinos Center's Lisa Barrett and her work with emotions in "New Theory: Emotions and Facial Expressions Are Not Directly Related."
Jun 24, 2013 spotlights work by Martinos Center researcher Gaelle Desbordes: "Meditation's Effects on Emotion Shown to Persist."
Jun 24, 2013 PNAS has published an excellent commentary - Brain activation and neurochemistry - about research conducted by Martinos researcher Christin Yen-Ming Sander and colleagues. Read an excerpt of the commentary here. You can also find the original paper's abstract on the PNAS website.
May 13, 2013 Medical Daily has written up a Journal of Visualized Science (JoVE) article by Maria Angela Franceschini and colleagues. The article - "Non-invasive Optical Measurement of Cerebral Metabolism and Hemodynamics in Infants" - describes a noninvasive optical imaging system they developed to monitor cerebral vascular development and brain health in infants.
Apr 2, 2013 The Martinos Center Optics Division is excited to announce the 2013 Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) Course. Details and registration information can be found here.
Mar 28, 2013 NBC News recently spoke with Martinos Center researcher Alireza Atri about a possible relationship between cold sores and memory loss.
Mar 14, 2013 Martinos Center researcher Randy Buckner will be a panelist at the MGH Center for Law, Brain & Behavior and Northeastern University Affective Science Institute's upcoming event, "Models of the Mind: How Neuroscience, Psychology, and the Law Collide." More information here.
Mar 11, 2013 A PNAS Early Edition paper by Patrick Purdon and colleagues has also been making the rounds. In "Electroencephalogram signatures of loss and recovery of consciousness from propofols," the researchers report specific EEG signatures that indicate when patients lose and regain consciousness under the general anesthetic drug propofol. The study has been covered by ScienceNOW, Time and among other outlets.
Mar 11, 2013 A study by Karin B. Jensen and colleagues - "Sharing pain and relief: neural correlates of physicians during treatment of patients" - has been receiving media attention. The study has been featured in radio interviews on BBC radio and Boston CBS radio WBZ and in magazines and newspapers such as Time, the Harvard Gazette, US News and the Boston Globe.
Feb 16, 2013 Pallab Ghosh, science correspondent with BBC News, stopped by the Martinos Center to learn about the brain imaging technologybeing developed by Van Wedeen and colleagues for the Human Connectome Project.
Jan 15, 2013 George Bush and colleagues recently published a paper in Nature using combined fMRI and single cell recordings in humans performing George's Multi-Source Interference Task (MSIT) (see the Publications page). The paper characterizes how dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) specifically contributes to cognitive control of goal-directed behavior.
Jan 15, 2013 George Bush and colleagues also used the MSIT and fMRI to show that atomoxetine and methylphenidate have similar but differentiable effects on cingulo-frontal-parietal attention networks in ADHD.
Dec 15, 2012 Martinos Center researcher Lisa Shin sat down with talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose last night. The interview, about post-traumatic stress disorder, will also be viewable online at, beginning around Monday at noon.
Nov 13, 2012 Canon U.S.A. has announced collaborative research agreements with Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, including with the Martinos Center.
Nov 13, 2012 In a recent Frontiers in Human Neuroscience study, Gaëlle Desbordes and colleagues report that meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain. Read more about it here.
Oct 26, 2012 A TV team from the CBC Science documentary series "The Nature of Things" came to the Martinos Center and filmed the experiment described in a recent PNAS paper by Karin Jensen and colleagues: "Nonconscious activation of placebo and nocebo pain responses." The documentary, "Much ado about nothing," will focus on placebo research, and will feature interviews with Jensen as well as Harvard researchers Ted Kaptchuk and Irving Kirsch.
Oct 23, 2012 The English rock band Muse has used an image from the Human Connectome Project - based in part at the Martinos Center - as the album artwork for its new release, The 2nd Law. Read about it on the New Musical Express website.
Sep 17, 2012 A study by Marco Loggia, Vitaly Napadow and colleagues - "Disentangling linear and nonlinear brain responses to evoked deep tissue pain" - will be featured on the cover of the October issue of Pain.
Sep 14, 2012 The recent PNAS study by Karin Jensen and colleagues has been receiving a bit of media attention. The Harvard News, The Los Angeles Times and New Scientist have all reported on it.
Sep 11, 2012 The Guardian has an article about the recent PNAS study "Nonconscious activation of placebo and nocebo pain responses," and a podcast featuring an interview with the first author Karin Jensen.
Sep 10, 2012 Also announced today: the 2012-2013 calendar for the "Why & How" seminar series
Sep 10, 2012 We have posted the schedule for the fall 2012 Brainmap seminar series
Aug 13, 2012 Martinos Center investigator Suzanne Corkin has received the Baltes Distinguished Research Achievement Award from the Division on Adult Development and Aging of the American Psychological Association. This award recognizes "distinguished careers and outstanding contributions to the psychological science of aging."
Jul 30, 2012 Martinos Center researchers have shown for the first time that they can control the behavior of monkeys by using pulses of blue light to very specifically activate particular brain cells
Jul 26, 2012 This one is from April but it's still very much worth noting: The McGovern Institute for Brain Research has honored Martinos Center investigator David Cohen for his invention of magnetoencephalography, 40 years ago.
Jul 17, 2012 Massachusetts General Hospital has moved into the number one spot on the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” list.
Jun 26, 2012 A paper by Martinos Center researcher Norbert Kopco and colleagues - "Neuronal representations of distance in human auditory cortex" - has been noted in in the "Highlights from Early Edition" on the PNAS website.
Jun 26, 2012 Martinos Center researcher Giorgio Bonmassar and colleagues report that micromagnetic stimulation via devices implanted in the brain may be able to reduce symptoms of Parkinson's and other neurological diseases. Read the full news release here.
Jun 12, 2012 Martinos Center researcher Larry Wald was recently made a fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.
Jun 11, 2012 has written up a recent PNAS study by Martinos Center researcher Jyrki Ahveninen and colleagues: "Scientists identify brain area that determines distance from which sound originates." See the MGH news release about the study here.
Jun 5, 2012 Martinos Center director Bruce Rosen and others spoke at the Biomedical Innovation Conference “Building High Performance Innovation Ecosystems” this week, convened by Madrid-MIT M+Visión Consortium.
Jun 4, 2012 has written up Van Wedeen and colleagues' recent Science study
May 22, 2012 Scientific American has profiled the recent Science study by Van Wedeen and colleagues: "The Brain's Highways: Mapping the Last Frontier."
Apr 11, 2012 Martinos Center researcher Reisa Sperling is speaking at TEDMED today at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Mar 30, 2012 A Science study by Van Wedeen and collleagues, revealing a simple structure underlying the complexity of the primate brain, has been written up by Wired and The Boston Globe among others. Read the MGH news release here.
Mar 28, 2012 This year's Martinos Center Postdoctoral Pilot Funding Awards for Neuroimaging Projects have been announced.
Mar 22, 2012 The most recent issue of Nature features an article - "Neuroscience: Making connections" - about the Human Connectome Project.
Mar 6, 2012 Work by Michael VanElzakker, Lisa Shin and colleagues - studying post-traumatic stress disorder among identical twins - is profiled on the Tufts University News page.
Mar 1, 2012 has posted a story about the Human Connectome Project, with comments from Bruce Rosen, director of the Martinos Center, and Van Wedeen, director of Connectomics at the Center.
Feb 14, 2012 David Boas, director of the Optics Divions, was recently promoted to full professor at Harvard Medical School.
Jan 24, 2012 A Wall Street Journal article - "Probing the Brain's Mysteries" - profiles work conducted with the Connectom imaging system at the Martinos Center.
Jan 11, 2012 A Dec. 1 profile in The Scientist profiles work by Philip Liu and colleagues.
Jan 11, 2012 Work by Michael VanElzakker, Lisa Shin and colleagues was profiled in a Nov. 17 blog post on the Scientific American website.
Dec 21, 2011 A study by Bradford Dickerson and colleagues was written up in the Metro section of the Boston Globe website.
Dec 16, 2011 Bruce Rosen received the International KFJ prize at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Dec 9, 2011 Bruce Rosen was recently inducted as a member of the Insitute of Medicine.
Dec 8, 2011 The Radiological Society of North America has named Bruce Rosen, director of the Martinos Center, the 2011 RSNA Outstanding Researcher. "At the forefront of the explosion in research on the workings of the brain for the past 3 decades," the society said, "Bruce R. Rosen, MD, PhD, has developed the physiologic and functional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging techniques used by clinicians and investigators throughout the world."
Dec 8, 2011 Martinos Center researcher Larry Wald has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).
Dec 6, 2011 Ted Kaptchuk, director of the Harvard-wide Program in Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Encounter, is featured in this week's New Yorker. The program also has many members at the Martinos Center.
Nov 15, 2011 Medical Xpress has reported on a recent PNAS study by Yigal Agam and colleagues: "Multimodal neuroimaging dissociates hemodynamic and electrophysiological correlates of error processing."
Nov 7, 2011 A collaboration between Jacob Hooker and Tobias Ritter (Harvard Chemistry) has led to the development of a new method for PET radiotracer construction, which has been published in Science. The study has been written up by Chemical & Engineering News, the Royal Society of Chemistry's Chemistry World, and The Harvard Gazette.
Oct 10, 2011 An article in the Vancouver Sun, "Reading faces an imperfect science," discusses research by Lisa Feldman Barrett and colleagues.
Oct 10, 2011 Harvard Medicine features work by Nouchine Hadjikhani and colleagues in a special report on Science and Emotion.
Oct 7, 2011 A paper by Julien Cohen-Adad and colleagues, "32-Channel RF coil optimized for brain and cervical spinal cord at 3 T," is featured on the cover of the October issue of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.
Aug 23, 2011 Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi discussed a study about intuitiveness and belief in God by Amitai Shenhav and colleagues in a blog post about this week's Republication debate.
Aug 2, 2011 A study by Marco Loggia and colleagues was reported in an ABC News story: Brain Scans May Help Verify the Hurt of Chronic Lower Back Pain
Jul 22, 2011 A recent episode of Jeopardy featured an MGH category, with questions about imaging technologies found at the Martinos Center, the first public demonstrations of anesthesia, and more. Read about the episode here, or go here to watch the contestants tackle the questions.
Jul 8, 2011 recently interviewed Nouchine Hadjikhani about a paper she recently published, because it confirmed a hypothesis she presented two years ago voicing a possible connection between an increase in autism rates and Prozac intake during pregnancy. (See the final two paragraphs.)
Jun 8, 2011 Lisa Feldman Barrett's recent Science paper on gossip and visual perception has received consirable attention in the media, including stories at Science Magazine, The Washington Post, NPR and, among others.
May 26, 2011 Martinos Center Joins "One Mind for Research" Launch
May 9, 2011 Stephanie Jones and Cathy Kerr were interviewed for a Fox 25 News "Living Well" segment this morning. Visit to watch them discuss their recent findings about the effects of meditation on the brain.
May 4, 2011 Grant may set stage for optical imaging with all mammos
Apr 27, 2011 Mass High Tech News: MGH, UMass Medical researchers awarded $1M matching grants
Apr 25, 2011 US News and World Report: Meditation May Help Brain Block Out Distractions
Apr 25, 2011 Emery Brown appeared on NPR's Fresh Air today to talk about a recent New England Journal of Medicine paper he co-authored outlining what scientists know and don't know about anesthesia.
Apr 22, 2011 News-Medical.Net: Mindfulness meditation may enhance mental abilities
Apr 21, 2011 MGH Press Release: Meditation may help the brain 'turn down the volume' on distractions
Apr 8, 2011 MGH celebrated 10 successful years of close collaboration with Siemens today. The collaboration has been a major enabler of NIH-funded research at the Martinos Center, had major impact on the MRI field, and provided a model for academic-industrial collaborations.
Mar 31, 2011 Work by the Optics Division's Vivek Srinivasan and colleagues - on using doppler OCT to measure cortical cerebral blood flow measurement - is highlighted in the February issue of BioPhotonics, in an article entitled "OCT Branches Out."
Mar 30, 2011 MGH Press Release: Alzheimer's-like brain changes found in cognitively normal elders with amyloid plaques
Mar 7, 2011 MedicalPhysicsWeb has published an article describing a recent J. Nucl. Med. paper by Ciprian Catana and colleagues.
Feb 28, 2011 Emery Brown is featured in a New York Times Q&A.
Feb 8, 2011 Work on changes in the brain associated with mindfulness meditation, by Britta Hölzel, Sara Lazar and colleagues, has received a flood of media attention. In addition to the New York Times article noted below, it has been featured in the Boston Globe, on WBUR and on The Huffington Post.
Feb 4, 2011 A New England Journal of Medicine review article published Dec. 30 by Emery Brown has received considerable attention in the media. The paper set forth a new conceptual framework for understanding, describing and defining the differences and nuances among general anesthesia, sleep and coma.
Jan 28, 2011 The New York Times' "Well" blog explores recent work by Britta Hölzel, Sara Lazar and colleagues on changes in the brain associated with mindfulness meditation. This was the #1 most emailed article on the Times' website for five days.
Jan 7, 2011 The new Harvard Aging Brain Study, conducted at the Martinos Center, was recently discussed in the Boston Globe and on NPR.
Dec 27, 2010 Martinos Center researchers report in a recent issue of Nature Neuroscience that the amygdala is important to a rich and varied social life among humans
Dec 20, 2010 Work conducted at the Martinos Center on Diffusion Spectrum Imaging is highlighted in the Lifestyle section of the Boston Globe.
Nov 18, 2010 An episode of "THE DOCTORS" addressing the myth that we use only 10% of our brain will discuss research conducted by Justin Vincent - and by others at the Center and around the world - on "the resting brain." It will also feature one of Justin's YouTube videos on brain activity measured in the resting state using fMRI. The episode will air on Tuesday, November 23rd. Check your local listings.
Nov 10, 2010 The Optical Imaging Lab's work developing a combined optical/x-ray imaging system capable of obtaining both structural and functional information of the breast, which is reported in the online edition and January issue of Radiology, has been highlighted by several media outlets, including CBS Boston, and Ivanhoe. The work is a collaborative effort with Dr. Daniel Kopans and colleagues at the Breast Imaging Center at MGH.
Nov 8, 2010 Jacob Hooker Receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineer
Oct 12, 2010 Bruce Rosen is elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences
Oct 12, 2010 features work conducted by Martinos Center researcher Van Wedeen, Martinos Center director Bruce Rosen and collaborators in an article recently posted online: "On a quest to map the brain's hidden territory."
Oct 11, 2010

The November issue of Popular Science features an article about Matthew Rosen's low-field laboratory at the Martinos Center.

Oct 1, 2010 The Science Museum London now displays the Martinos Center's 90-ch brain array prototype
Sep 21, 2010 Investigators awarded NIH Pathway to Independence (K99) grants
Sep 8, 2010 Martinos Center researcher Van Wedeen is featured in a recent interview in American Scientist Magazine.
Aug 31, 2010 The Martinos Center's integrated MR-PET scanner moves into its new home
Aug 17, 2010 Wasim Q. Malik named 2011 Miles and Eleanor Shore Fellow by CIMIT
Aug 8, 2010 COSMOS magazine has covered a Nature Methods paper by Martinos Center researcher Sava Sakadzic and colleagues in the Photon Migration Imaging Lab.
Aug 8, 2010 Nature Methods issues press release about Sakadzic et al. paper (reproduced by the Martinos Optics Division)
Jul 1, 2010 Martinos Center researcher Philip Liu received a EUREKA (Exceptional Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration) award from NIDA.
Jun 30, 2010 Mass General Magazine features an article about Jacob Hooker, the newly appointed director of Radiochemistry at Mass General and the associate director of the MGH PET Core at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. (See here for further information about the integrated MRI-PET system at the Center.)
Jun 18, 2010 Simona Temereanca is a recipient of the 2010 Claflin Distinguished Scholar Award
Jun 8, 2010 Construction phase of the Martinos Center's MRI-PET project reaches the half-way mark
Apr 8, 2010 Researcher Nouchine Hadjikhani and her work were profiled in the March 25 issue of the Swiss magazine L'Hebdo (in French).
Mar 21, 2010 Martinos Center researcher Vitaly Napadow and work conducted at the Martinos Center are featured in a Wall Street Journal article about acupuncture, "Decoding an Ancient Therapy."
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