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Princeton researchers crowdsource brain mapping with gamers, discover six new neuron types

Princeton University
Thursday, May 17, 2018

With the help of a quarter-million video game players, Princeton researchers have created and shared detailed maps of more than 1,000 neurons — and they’re just getting started.


Brain Cells' Achilles' Heel May Prompt Hydrocephalus

Duke University
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Viruses can exploit a suprising weakness of cells that circulate fluid in the brain


Brain scans may help diagnose neurological, psychiatric disorders

Washington University of School of Medicine, St. Louis
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Study shows that brain networks reliably track individuals over time


Mitochondrial Disease Patients Face Difficult Road to Diagnosis

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Friday, March 30, 2018

A new study documents the prolonged and difficult path patients face before they are diagnosed with mitochondrial diseases, a group of rare, debilitating genetic disorders. The study was led by researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center; findings appear in the journal Neurology Genetics.


Pig model of Huntington's offers advantages for testing treatments

Emory University School of Medicine
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Using genetic engineering technology, a team of scientists has established a pig model of Huntington's disease (HD), an inherited neurodegenerative disease. The researchers anticipate that the pigs could be a practical way to test treatments for HD, which is caused by a gene encoding a toxic protein that causes brain cells to die.


Vagus Nerve Stimulation Boosts Post-Stroke Motor Skill Recovery

University of Texas at Dallas
Thursday, March 22, 2018

In a study of rats, researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas have demonstrated a method to accelerate motor skill recovery after a stroke by helping the brain reorganize itself more quickly.


3-D mapping babies’ brains

Washington University, St. Louis
Friday, March 9, 2018

Examining brain folds — as unique to an individual as fingerprints — could hold key to new diagnostic tools


Birth of New Neurons in the Human Hippocampus Ends in Childhood

University of California, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Adult 'neurogenesis,' observed in other species, appears not to occur in humans


Penn Study Shows that the “Epigenetic Landscape” is Protective in Normal Aging, Impaired in Alzheimer’s Disease

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Monday, March 5, 2018

A team of researchers profiled the epigenomic landscape of AD brains, specifically in one of the regions affected early in AD, the lateral temporal lobe. They described the genome-wide enrichment of a chemical modification of histone proteins that regulates the compaction of chromosomes in the nucleus (called acetylation of lysine 16 on histone H4, or H4K16ac for short).


Immune Response May Contribute to Pediatric Epilepsy

Northwestern Medicine
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Irregular concentrations of T-cells in the brain contribute to the development of seizures in pediatric epilepsy, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

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