Week of 12/21/15: 2015’s “Hottest of the Hot” in Neuroscience


We’ve compiled a list of neuroscience topics that, in our opinion, comprises the “Hottest of the Hot” of 2015—these were the topics that permeated the media, medical conferences, and academic journals. In this special year-end Neuroscience Report, we’ve provided a journal article, a news article, and a wildcard article for each of these 9 “Hottest of the Hot.” Enjoy!

Listed below, in no specific order, are 2015’s “Hottest of the Hot” in Neuroscience:

1. Concussions/traumatic brain injuries
2. Precision (personalized) medicine
3. Artificial intelligence/deep learning
4. Brain mapping/imaging
5. Cognitive enhancements
6. Neurostimulation devices
7. Marijuana
8. Ketamine
9. Entry of technology companies into the neuroscience market

Journal Articles

Application of Advanced Neuroimaging Modalities in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury

Precision Medicine: Clarity for the Clinical and Biological Complexity of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases

Deep Learning Gets to the Bottom of Disease

Neuroimaging and Neuromodulation Approaches to Study Eating Behavior and Prevent and Treat Eating Disorders and Obesity

Pharmacology of Cognitive Enhancers for Exposure-based Therapy of Fear, Anxiety and Trauma-related Disorders

Investigation of Deep Brain Stimulation Mechanisms During Implantable Pulse Generator Replacement Surgery

Narrative Review of the Safety and Efficacy of Marijuana for the Treatment of Commonly State-approved Medical and Psychiatric Disorders

There’s an App for That: A Guide for Healthcare Practitioners and Researchers on Smartphone Technology

News Articles

Scans Show Many Injured U.S. Vets May Have Brain ‘Scarring’

Research and Markets: Global Precision Medicine Market Worth USD 40 Billion by 2020 – Analysis, Technologies & Forecasts 2015-2020

Deep-learning Algorithm Predicts photos’ Memorability at “Near-human” Levels

UA Researchers Developing Brain-mapping Technology

The Rise of Cognitive Enhancers is a Mass Social Experiment

Global Neurostimulation Devices Market Report to 2020: Segmented by Device Type, Implantable Devices, External Devices, Application and Geography

Study Confirms Marijuana Extract Obliterates Seizures In Epileptic Children

Scientists a Step Closer to Treating Depression with Ketamine

Head of Mental Health Institute Leaving for Google Life Sciences

Wild Cards

Will Smith’s Concussion Looks Like The Insider, Except With Football Instead of Cigarettes

The Problem with Precision Medicine

Machine Learning Works Great—Mathematicians Just Don’t Know Why

Studying Young Minds, and How to Teach Them

Dialing Up Your Brainpower

How Tiny Electrodes in the Brain Could Treat Parkinson’s, OCD, and Even Depression

The Big Banks Are Starting to Look Hard at Marijuana

When Are You Going to Get Your Prescription MDMA?

Apple’s ResearchKit: Gamechanger for Digital Healthcare?