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Posted on November 20th, 2014

Mapping the Human Connectome

Brain Network Photo

Human brain network from imaging data shows the functional connectivity of the resting human brain. Each node in the network represents a small piece of brain tissue. The brain areas are connected if they have highly synchronized brain activity. The more connections a node has, the larger it is shown in the network image. The colors reveal functional neighborhoods in the brain that are all highly interconnected to one another. [Dr. Paul Laurienti/Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center]

“Since 2009, the field of network science has become incredibly popular in brain imaging journals, and roughly one third the papers in the field are on this topic,” according to Dr. Laurienti. “However, many people aren’t applying network science from a complex systems perspective Traditional thinking focuses on certain regions of the brain and brain cells. Reductionist approaches model every synapse and cell, but they fail to take into account the dynamics of the system. It’s the interactions between parts that matter. A more dynamic approach is needed to study the entire system.”

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Posted on September 5th, 2014

Daniel Kim-Shapiro Interview on Beetroot Juice and Cognition

Listen to Smartdrugssmart’s episode #41 as TSC’s Director, Dany Kim-Shapiro, discusses the nitrogen cycle and its effects on brain function, safe levels of nitrate consumption, and why you should have listened to your mother all those years! To download the podcast go to

Posted on January 31st, 2014

Old Gold and Black Highlights TSC’s Successes and Challenges

See Old Gold and Black reporter Annmargaret Warner’s story about the Reynolda Campus’ conception of Centers, TSC origins, our applied science, and funding potential.  For full story go to:

Posted on July 8th, 2013

CVD and Diabetes Increase Risk for Cognitive Decline

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Dr. Christina Hugenschmidt and her research team have determined that individuals who experience both cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type 2 diabetes are at increased risk for  cognitive decline.  For more information jump to

Posted on April 24th, 2013

Dos Santos Wins Award for Excellence in Research

Each year, Wake Forest offers a number of awards to distinguished faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University.  We are proud to showcase our TSC  Assistant Director of Outreach and Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Patricia Dos Santos as the 2013 recipient of the WFU Excellence in Research Award.

The award recognizes a faculty member in the College in the early part of his or her career. The award was established in 1971 and renamed in 1986 in recognition of the generosity of the late Wilbur Doyle who endowed the prize to honor his philosophy professor, A.C. Reid.

Congratulations Dr. Dos Santos!

Posted on March 14th, 2013

Beetroot Juice and Stroke Recovery

Dr. Cheryl Bushnell, MD Associate Professor of Neurology at Wake Forest University Health Sciences and member investigator of the Wake Forest University Translational Science Center, Reynolda Campus tells WXII TV about her research on the role of beetroot juice in stroke recovery and health. To see this interview go to:

Posted on March 4th, 2013

Research Focuses on Beet Juice After Stroke

It has been with a groundbreaking 2003 study about how the chemical nitrite is converted into nitric oxide in the human body to regulate blood flow and blood pressure. The study was conducted by Wake Forest University physics professor Daniel Kim-Shapiro, PhD, director of the Translational Science Center, in collaboration with lead investigator Mark Gladwin, MD, chief of the division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine and director of the Vascular Medicine Institute at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  In time, the work of Gladwin and Kim-Shapiro gave Cheryl Bushnell, MD, director of Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Primary Stroke Center, an idea. To read more jump to

Posted on December 30th, 2012

Improvisational Dance Changes Life with Parkinson’s

Wake Forest University dance instructor and Translational Science Center investigator, Christina Soriano leads this group every Wednesday in studio space donated by The Academy of Dance Arts on West First Street. Photo by Bruce Chapman, Winston-Salem Journal. For more go to:

Posted on September 25th, 2012

Technology briefing brings out the beet juice

Now in its 11th year, the annual Tech Briefing is one of the most eagerly anticipated events on Winston-Salem’s business calendar attracting 300-400 attendees.   Each presenter speaks for just five minutes about their innovative technologies, designs, and products – and they leave you amazed at what is happening in Winston?Salem. This year’s speakers included TSC members Dany Kim-Shapiro and Paul Laurienti.  See more at

Posted on August 8th, 2012

Fruit fly research might change diabetes treatment

Erik Johnson’s latest study, which appears in the current issue of  Genetics, uses the fruit fly to look at enzyme signaling as a key to developing new treatments for diabetes and as an aid in all sorts of metabolic research, including weight-loss drugs. For more information jump to:

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