No committed funding yet for Tonga games

first_imgSports Minister Justin Tkatchenko told Loop PNG that “End of next week, costing details will be given to the Prime Minister and National Executive Council to deliberate on what assistance to give to Tonga”.Tkatchenko led a PNG delegation to Tonga early this year to inspect its sporting facilities and see how the 2015 games host can help Tonga.The delegation included Trevor Meauri from the PM’s office, PNG Sports Foundation CEO Peter Tsiamalili and engineers from the Department of Works.    During the visit, Tkatchenko said apart from assistance with infrastructure and planning, PNG will also help Tonga athletes prepare at the the High Performance Training Centre in Port Moresby.Picture source: Justin Tkatchenkolast_img read more

New NIMH grant to support study that uses brain imaging to diagnose

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Aug 29 2018To build on a groundbreaking study that used brain imaging to identify individuals with suicidal thoughts, Carnegie Mellon University’s Marcel Just and the University of Pittsburgh’s David A. Brent have received a five-year, $3.8 million grant from the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH).The grant will be used to advance Just and Brent’s previous research and establish reliable neurocognitive markers of suicidal ideation and attempt. They will examine the differences in brain activation patterns between suicidal and non-suicidal young adults as they think about words related to suicide — such as positive and negative concepts — and use machine learning techniques to identify neural signatures of suicidal ideation and behavior.Related StoriesNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryMercy Medical Center adds O-arm imaging system to improve spinal surgery resultsRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymoma”The cornerstone of this project is our recent ability to identify what concept a person is thinking about based on its accompanying brain activation pattern or neural signature,” said Just, the D.O. Hebb University Professor of Psychology in CMU’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “We were previously able to obtain consistent neural signatures to determine whether someone was thinking about objects like a banana or a hammer by examining their fMRI brain activation patterns. But now we are able to tell whether someone is thinking about ‘trouble’ or ‘death’ in an unusual way. The alterations in the signatures of these concepts are the ‘neurocognitive thought markers’ that our machine learning program looks for.”The new funding will support the Predicting Risk Imaging Suicidal Minds (PRISM) project. It will enable Just and Brent to test the technology in a much larger sample of patients than in the 2017 study, and to include a variety of comparison patients with other psychiatric illnesses.If the project is as successful as their preliminary work, it will advance clinical practice by improving physicians’ ability to: “Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults in the U.S., and current assessment methods rely entirely on patients self reporting and doctors’ observations,” said Brent, who holds an endowed chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “Any new inroads to better diagnosis and treatment have the potential to save lives.” Detect and monitor suicidal risk; Understand alterations in thinking and feelings related to suicide in their patients; and Develop personalized treatment strategies for their suicidal patients based on their altered patterns of thinking and feeling that can more precisely and effectively reduce suicide risk.center_img Source: read more