Here are some of the research studies from 2009 that I thought most interesting:-
1. The paper that I found most interesting was Vul and colleagues paper on ‘Puzzlingly High Correlations in fMRI Studies of Emotion, Personality, and Social Cognition’. The paper was reviewed in its original format here. I’ve also made a short film about the paper.
2. The discovery of a new ancestor Ardipithecus Ramidus published in Science
3. The discovery of three strong gene candidates (CLU, PICALM and CR1) in Alzheimer’s Disease published in two papers in Nature
4. A case-control study in Nature looking at copy number variants in Schizophrenia
5. The DART-AD study which examined some of the possible risks associated with antipsychotics in dementia
6. A further study examining the possibly complex relationship between ACE inhibitors and dementia
7. A meta-analysis of psychological tests that discriminate vascular dementia from Alzheimer’s Disease
8. A 5-minute cognitive screening tool for Alzheimer’s Disease
9. Methylene blue does it again, this time with optic neuropathy (Rojas et al, 2009) – well in a model of optic neuropathy
10. (Lowenstein et al, 2009) find that cases of Mild Cognitive Impairment are more likely to revert if the diagnosis is made on the basis of a single assessment
11. A retrospective case series of Frontotemporal Dementia in relation to adult-onset illnesses (Velakoulis et al, 2009)
12. A New York prospective study showing the benefits of a Mediterranean diet and exercise in reducing prevalence of dementia
13. A prospective study showing the benefits of antihypertensive medication on cognitive decline
14. A 32-year prospective study showing an association betwen central adiposity (and not BMI) in women and subsequent development of dementia
15. A 9-year prospective study showing the benefits of exercise on reducing stroke risk
16. An association between extra-curricular activities at school and later further education
17. A high prevalence of neuropsychiatric complications of SLE
18. The finding that of those genes identified 3000 were differentially activated over a 24-hour period
19. A Cochrane review showing the benefits of a computer feedback program for Alcohol Misuse in college students
20. The benefits of media-resistance skills programs on teenagers on alcohol consumption
22. The benefits of dialectical boot-strapping in decision making
24. Sleeping less than 7 hours or more than 8 hours a day was associated with a 2-fold increased prevalence of type II diabetes in this study
25. A computer-robotic scientist for performing yeast science
26. An american cohort of older adults performed as well on cognitive tasks as their british cohorts 10 years their junior with explanations suggested
27. A large study showing an inverse relationship between fish consumption and prevalence of dementia
28. An American study finding that 1/3 of 3-6 year olds wanted to change some aspect of their appearance
29. Of 472 million psychotropic medications prescribed in America, only one quarter had been prescribed by psychiatrists
30. A recent study involved 1224 bloggers and found that the main principles which bloggers valued were ‘truth, accountability, minimising harm and attribution’. Hear, hear.
What does 2010 have in store?
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